Flemish 18th-century red morocco, gold tooled, over original heavy boards; nailed to upper cover is a brass cross botonée with Evangelist symbols incised at ends and a central medallion framing the Agnus Dei; heavy corner pieces, hinges and 2 clasps of same metal.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1900.
12, 197 leaves (1 column, 18 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 280 x 210 mm
Perhaps executed for Arnold Streyters (1496-1560), Abbot of the Premonstratensian abbey of Tongerloo from 1530 to his death (his arms on fol. 1: a small shield, bearing the arms or, a chevron azure charged with three fleurs-de-lis of the field, within a border gules, suspended from a crozier); owned in 1727 by F.B. who compiled and signed the index on preliminary fol. g; according to inscription on first leaf (renovatus hic textus anno 1722 in junio) the manuscript was "renewed" in 1722, when the preliminary leaves were added; no. 9375 (as Rituale Romanum) in an English catalogue, ca. 1860; John Allan sale (New York, 1864, no. 2521); sold Nov. 1864 by Ebbs to Theodore Irwin of Oswego, cat. 1887, p. 150, no. 939; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) with the Irwin Collection in 1900; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).