Book of Hours

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MS M.6
Book of Hours
France; Belgium, ca. 1480
17th- or 18th-century red morocco gilt in olive morocco case with traces of clasp; case lettered: 'Missale Romanum MSS.'
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1900.
168 leaves (1 column, 22 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 165 x 110 mm
Executed for a man named Peter, once thought to have been Cardinal Pierre de Foix; a 16th-century inscription on fol. 2 indicates ownership by Charles le Goirz (?), Morin; ex libris inscription in red ink of Jacques de Alberte, abbé de Santa Chiesa with date 1591 on first flyleaf; engraved bookplate of Joseph Smith, British consul at Venice, Collection; his sale, London, Jan. 25, 1773; engraved bookplate of Dr. Charles Chauncey (sale, London, 1790), no. 2936, 2938 or 2941?); bookplates pasted within covers; the Duke of Hamilton Collection (Hamilton Palace Library, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland); sold privately in 1883 with the Hamilton Collection to the Royal Museum of Berlin (The Hamilton Palace Libraries, Catalogue of the Hamilton Collection of Manuscripts, 1882, no. 320); resold with a portion of the Hamilton Collection returned from Berlin (London, Sotheby's, May 23, 1889, lot 80) to T.M. Whitehead, whose monogram is in upper corner of flyleaf; his sale (London, May 3, 1898, no. 66) to Quaritch; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Quaritch, cat. 82., Oct. 2, 1900; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. book of hours for the use of Rome (Hours of the Virgin); written and textual borders painted in northern France; illuminated later in Belgium, ca. 1480.
Artist: Simon Marmion.
Scribe: 2 scribes; one for the calendar and fol. 165-167, the other for the remainder of the manuscript.
Decoration: 12 full-page miniatures, 23 small miniatures, 24 calendar illustrations
One leaf between fol. 67-68 containing a miniature of the Crucifixion has been cut out--Cf. PML files.

Latin and French