Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.696
Book of Hours
Brussels, Belgium, ca. 1540.
Spanish 18th-century red velvet over boards; marks of two clasps; edges cropped and gauffered at that time; in maroon leatherette slip-case and blue morocco book case lettered: Prayer Book of Charles V.
Purchased from Romer-Williams in 1925.
288 leaves (1 column, 21 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 170 x 100 mm
Made for Emperor Charles V (1500-1558, imperial arms of Austria on fol. 3); belonged in 1576 to Martin de Gaztelu (secretary of Charles V and secretary of Philip II of Spain) and his wife Leonor de Eça (inscription on fol. 1r); inscription on fol. 1r: owned in 1734 by Christóbal Fernandez de Córdoba, 10th Count of Sástago (1652-1737; viceroy of Sicily in 1726); lent in 1881 to the Spanish and Portuguese Exhibition in London by Don Marcial Lorbés de Aragon, Sádaba, Zaragoza, Spain (exhibition label, no. 96); owned by E. Gutmann of Berlin in 1921; K.W. Bachstitz Gallery, The Hague, 1924; owned by C. Romer-Williams in 1925; purchased from Romer-Williams in 1925.

Ms. book of hours for the use of Rome (Hours of the Virgin, Office of the Dead); written and illuminated in Brussels, Belgium, ca. 1540.
Decoration: 7 small miniatures, 30 half-page miniatures, 1 pen drawing added by a Spanish artist ca. 1575; Brabant Renaissance style.
Artist: Master of Charles V.

Variant Title: 

Title on case: Prayer book of Charles V

Latin and Middle French