Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.960
Book of Hours
France, ca. 1420.
Brown calf gilt French fanfare binding of about 1600, with some compartments containing plumed heads and vases of flowers; spine is flat, gilt, with a long rectangular panel surrounded with sprays of palm and laurel in the manner of spines on bindings made for Pietro Duodo; edges gilt.
Purchased on the Glazier Fund in memory of William S. Glazier, 1974.
121 leaves (1 column, 16 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 165 x 116 mm
The original owner was a man named John, whose motto was Pour son vouloir, and who is shown with his patron saint, John the Baptist, on fol. 117; Jean de la Noé, Sieur de la Bastille, and Anthoine de la Noé, whose names are inscribed on fol. 64, 113, 116v (late 16th or early 17th century); Michael Tomkinson (1841-1921), with bookplate; C.W. Dyson Perrins (1864-1958), his no. 37, with bookplate; his sale, London, Sotheby's, Dec. 9, 1958, lot 17; to Arthur Rau (1898-1972); Hans P. Kraus.

Ms. book of hours for the use of Châlons-sur-Marne (Hours of the Virgin, Office of the Dead, Calendar, and Litany); written and illuminated in France, about 1420.
Collation: I6, II6, III8, IV4, V8, VI8, VII7, VIII2, IX8, X7, XI8, XII6, XIII8-XVI8, XVII6, XVIII5.
Decoration: written in black ink; 9 large miniatures, each with a full floral border with birds and insects and the motto: Pour son vouloir; 9 large illuminated initials (3 are historiated); 164 small illuminated initials with gold ivy leaf marginal extensions, and numerous smaller illuminated initials.
Artist: Master of Walters 219.

Latin and French