Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.71
Book of Hours
Delft, the Netherlands, 1460-1520.
Formerly in perhaps 17th-century brown leather; rebound by Marguerite Duprez Lahey in black morocco with a vertical brown strip near the outside edge on both covers; gilt letters on the spine: HOURS / OF THE / PASSION / DUTCH / XVI CENT.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), 1902.
157 leaves (1 column, 18 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 136 x 94 mm
No. 355 in a French catalogue (as recorded in the Bennett catalogue, as a pencil note in French; this note is now erased); Howell Wills sale (Sotheby's, London, July 11, 1894, no. 649) to Pickering for Richard Bennett (bookplate of Richard Bennett on flyleaf ii); Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other sources, no. 86; 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 Utrecht (calendar), in the Gerard Groote translation; older section with Hours of the Eternal Wisdom and Hours of the Holy Spirit and Holy Cross probably written in Delft, the Netherlands, ca. 1460-1480; 2nd section with calendar, Hours of the Sorrows of the Virgin and Penitential Psalms, probably written ca. 1510-1520.
Artist: the Masters of the Suffrages (active ca. 1490-1525) and other artists.
Decoration: 3 full-page miniatures, decorated initials, and border decorations; pasted on flyleaf iv verso is a woodcut of the Nativity (90 x 70 mm) cut from a copy of the Liber chronicarum (the Nuremberg Chronicle), fol. XCV verso.