Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.3
Book of Hours
Italy, perhaps Lombardy or Romagna, late 14th to early 15th century
French 17th-century red morocco; in center of upper cover, 2 C's interlaced surrounded by 4 $; on lower cover 2 A's, one of which is inverted, also surrounded by 4 $.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), 1906.
127 leaves (1 column, 19 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 160 x 120 mm
Made for Jacopo dei'Guidi di Romagna (who died between 1423 and 1428), son of Malatesta and Jacopa dei Guidi, Count and Countess of Dovadola; his arms, per saltire or and azure on fol. 1, his portrait on fol. 91; the interlaced A's accompanied by 4 $ on the binding were used by Robert Arnauld, sieur d'Andilly, 1588-1674, king's councillor and author of several religious books; his wife was Catherine le Fèvre de la Borderie, dame de Pompomme; the presumption is that the manuscript was rebound for the latter couple; belonged (Jan. 1906) to Théophile Belin; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Olschki in 1906; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. book of hours for the use of Rome; written and illuminated in Italy, perhaps Lombardy or Romagna, in the late 14th to early 15th century.
Artist: Workshop of Petrus Parmensis.
Decoration: 27 miniatures, 9 historiated initials.
The illumination of M.3 is unfinished. After fol. 88, spaces for the initials are blank.
Scribe: several scribes.

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