Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.972
Book of Hours
Bruges, Belgium, ca. 1460.
Bound and signed by Johannes Guilebert (his erased inscription on the rear pastedown: "Desen bouc heft ghebonde Jan guill--rt de men heet meese Won̄----de frere strate"); 15th- or 16th-century dark brown calf over wooden boards, blind stamped with panels, two impressions of the binder's name (IOHANNES GUILEBERT), two compartments of paired monkeys or birds, and a border of foliage and fruit, separated by a second panel with four birds in medallions, edges gilt and gauffered in lozenge pattern, modern silver clasps.
Gift of Miss Tessie Jones, 1976.
183 leaves (1 column, 17 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 197 x 139 mm
Late 15th-early 16th-century former owner's inscription on rear pastedown: 'Desen bouck behoert toe iouff[rouw] Pieryne de meet tsente claren binnen brugghe by den vlaminc dam'; gift of Miss Tessie Jones, 1976.

Ms. book of hours for the use of Rome (Hours of the Virgin); written and illuminated in Bruges, Belgium, ca. 1460.
Decoration: 10 full-page and 29 smaller miniatures, 1 historiated initial, numerous illuminated initials and borders.
A suffrage for St. Godeleva, an ownership inscription, and the binding point to a Bruges origin for the manuscript.
Artist: two artists, one whose style derives from that of the Master of Guillebert de Mets or the Gold Scroll Master, and the other influenced by the style of Willem Vrelant.

Latin and Dutch