Book of hours

Accession number: 
MS M.78
Book of hours
Tournai, Belgium, between 1450 and 1460.
16th-century gold-tooled brown leather over pasteboards inscribed on front cover: Dame.Marie / le.Vassevr / Religieuse / A. Gosnay, 1570.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1902.
176 leaves (1 column, 15 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 180 x 140 mm
Marie le Vasseur, Gosnay (d. 1624; binding dated 1570); Johann Heinrich Cröniger (note on fol. 14v, dated 1803); Jean Paradis, Lyon; his sale, Paris, Librarie Bachelin-Deflorenne, Nov. 5, 1879, lot 27; Richard Bennett; Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other sources, no. 87); purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) with the Bennett Collection in 1902; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. book of hours for the use of Rome (Hours of the Virgin); written and illuminated in the Tournai region of Belgium, 1450-1460, with later additions ca. 1550.
Decoration: 1 full-page miniature without border, 21 full-page miniatures with full borders.
Artist: Master of Morgan 78, working in Bruges in the 1450s, a follower or imitator of the Master of the Bruges Lepers' House Missal (Meister des Brügger Leprosenhaus-Missales). Cf. Clark, Gregory T., "Doornik aan de Schelde, Gand sur l'Escaut: Book Painters in Two Cities on One River in the Time of Philip the Good," Campin in Context: Peinture et société dans la vallée de l'Escaut à l'époque de Robert Campin, 1375-1445, Ludovic Nys and Dominique Vanwijnsberghe, eds., Valenciennes, 2007, 258, 261, 262, 263, figs. 6, 8, 10 [article = p. 255-64].

textura (original text) and bastarda (additions)
Latin and French