Book of Hours
Besançon, France, ca. 1470.
English 19th-century red velvet.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1900.
149 leaves (1 column, 19 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 201 x 155 mm
Unidentified arms of original owner (azure a chevron, or charges erased); sold (Feb. 1, 1808) by Edwards of Halifax to Miss Frances Mary Richardson Currer (catalogue 1833, p. 29); her sale (London, 1862, no. 1237); sold 1878 by Sidney E. Cockerell to Theodore Irwin (catalogue 1887, p. 216-217, no. 1368); said to be a Guillaume Libri manuscript; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) with the Irwin Collection in 1900; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).
Ms. book of hours for the use of Besançon (Hours of the Virgin, Office of the Dead); calendar in French; written and illuminated in Besançon, France, ca. 1470.
Decoration: 17 miniatures, 24 calendar illustrations, floral borders with grotesques.
The illumination of M.28 is possibly unfinished. The flesh areas of the hybrid men in the margins of fols. 114v and 115r appear to be unpainted.
Artists: by an anonymous Besançon artist and an artist known as the Master of Charles de Neufchâtel.
Latin and French