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MS M.893
fols. 5-10, 12-232: England, perhaps London, 1430-1445.
Purchased from E.P. Goldschmidt, 1958.
261 leaves (1 column, 23 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 271 x 185 mm
K. Scott conjectures that the Mass of St. Gregory miniature on folio 106 "may contain a male patron-figure together with a second youthful figure, possibly father and son" (Scott, p. 250); Henry Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick (d. 1446) (his partially erased signature WARREWYK under his partially erased motto Deserving causyth on fol. 12); on fol. 7, note of birth in 1469 of Edward, son of John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester (d.1470); John Malcolm of Poltalloch (d.1893); his son John Wingfield Malcolm, Lord Malcolm of Poltalloch (d.1902); purchased from the executors of Lord Malcolm's estate by C.W. Dyson-Perrins in 1906; his sale (London, Sotheby's, 9 December 1958, lot 19) to E.P. Goldschmidt; purchased with the assistance of the Belle da Costa Greene Fund and the Fellows Fund and the special assistance of several Fellows and a foundation in 1958.

Ms. psalter-hours, use of Sarum (Calendar, Hours of the Virgin, Office of the Dead). Written and illuminated in England, probably London, before 1446 1430-1445 (fols. 5-10, 12-232), England, middle of the 15th century (fols. 1-4) and northern Italy, ca. 1482 (fols. 11, 232-261; Table of Golden Numbers on fol. 11 has beginning date of 1482).
Text has different formats for separate sections: 2 columns, 71-72 lines (fols. 1-4); 1 column 23 lines (fols. 6-261).
Most of the manuscript is written in Latin, there is one rubric in French, a few prayers in English, instructions on fol. 11 in Italian. The Italian part of M.893 codicologically and paleographically is seen as an added substitute for the original English section which was perhaps damaged or lost upon its transfer to Italy.
Decoration: 22 half-page miniatures in the original manuscript, decorated borders, some historiated, 5 added Italian miniatures.
Artist: original miniatures previously attributed by Jonathan J.G. Alexander to William Abell; Kathleen Scott disagrees with the Abell attribution and has assigned them to two hands, A and B; the Italian miniatures were attributed by Alexander to Tommaso da Modena, and at present are attributed to three hands: those on fols. 236 and 244v to Tommaso da Modena; those on fols 237v and 240 to "an illuminator working in the style of Piero della Francesca and close to the master of San Paolo Certosino = Guglielmo Giraldi; the last on fol. 255 recently tentatively attributed by Giordana Mariani Canova to an artist called Alessandro Leoni (see La miniatura a Ferrara, p. 255).
Binding: 19th-century brown morocco with plaited leather and silver clasps, lettered on back cover: DUKE OF WARWICK'S MANUSCRIPT, gilt and gauffered edges.

textura; bastarda