Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.813
Book of Hours
Paris, France, between 1511 and 1520.
French 17th-century red morocco gilt, with monogram G.P. in center front and back covers; one clasp.
Gift; George Blumenthal; 1941.
195 leaves (1 column, 20 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 85 x 55 mm
Philibert de Clermont, seigneur de Montoison (his initials and arms added throughout manuscript: within a green wreath a shield gules, charged with two keys argent in saltire and between them a triangle of the second, the initials P.M.); Charles Mathieu, ca. 1800 (on verso of first flyleaf); no. 835 in a sale (printed on small paper rectangle pasted on verso of first flyleaf); François-Victor Massena, prince d'Essling, duc de Rivoli (inscription on verso of fifth flyleaf in black ink: Bibliothèque du prince d'Essling); George Blumenthal.

Ms. book of hours for the use of Rome (Hours of the Virgin; Office of the Dead); preceeded by a calendar which may be for central France and a series of quatrains in French relating the months of the year to the ages of man; written and illuminated in Paris, France, in the second decade of the 16th century.
Artist: Jean Pichore (formerly called the Master of Morgan 85) or his workshop.
Fols. 22v (John), 27v (Mark), 42r (Annunciation), and 110v (Anointing of David) are based on these subjects in the Briçonnet Hours (1483-1491) by Jean Poyer (Haarlem, Teylers Museum, Ms. 78). See Wieck, Post Poyet, 2004, p. 249f., fig. 11.6. Fol. 29r (Christ in Gethsemane) and 127r (Job on the dungheap) are based on Dürer's compositions for the Small Passion of 1511. The cycle of the Ages of Man linked to the calendar was printed in Paris in 1509 by Jehan Barbier for Guillaume Le Rouge after Pichore's designs. See Zöhl, Jean Pichore, 2004, figs. 184 - 186.
Decoration: 41 full-page and 12 smaller miniatures.
Revised: 2015

humanistic script
Latin and Middle French