Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.129
Book of Hours
Rouen, France, ca. 1500.
Dark brown 16th-century French calf, the Crucifixion with St. John and the Virgin, sun, moon and eleven stars tooled on both covers within a medallion; four corner gold stamps on each cover, the name IEHANNE tooled in gold on the front, FORTIN on the back.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), 1902.
88 leaves (1 column, 23 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 180 x 120 mm
Given (1578) by the widow de Bondis, of Provins, to Le Camus, notary at the Paris Châtelet (see also Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.176); owned by Marguerite Lecamus, wife of Léonor de Saint-Leu, notaire au Châtelet; no. 18 in an old collection; no. 2633 in an old catalogue; William Horatio Crawford Sale (London, 1891, no. 1610) to Robson; resold by Sotheby's (London, Nov. 25, 1891, no. 1031) to Leighton; bought Dec. 1, 1893 by Richard Bennett, his Catalogue, no. 57; 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 Rouen (Hours of the Virgin); written and illuminated in Rouen, France, ca. 1500.
Artist: late followers of the Master of the Rouen Échevinage.
Decoration: 3 full-page miniatures, 10 large miniatures with historiated border vignettes, 24 calendar illustrations; French Gothic style.

Latin and Middle French