Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.618
Book of Hours
Paris, France, between 1505 and 1510.
Previously in French 17th-century red morocco gilt; doublures and fly-leaves of red and gray marbled paper; enclosed in a tan morocco solander case tooled on back in gold and with inlays of black and gray levant morocco and the repeated initials M.A., by Marguerite Duprez Lahey; replaced with modern buckram clamshell binding, July, 2001.
Purchased by J.P. Morgan (1867-1943) in 1906.
94 leaves (1 column, 26 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; c179 x 115 mm
Arms in a miniature: or, a lion issuant gules; unknown patron's initials AM and mottos (tardif le pert, ardy le gaigne, sourse de joye, à cueurs amans, vigilanti nil dificile) in many borders; at the end (fol. 93v), a roundel 'je porte une M'; Charles Lormier sale (Paris, 1901, I, no. 28) to Chamonal for Bouasse-Lebel; Théophile Belin, Catalogue 272 (Dec. 1902); purchased by J.P. Morgan (1867-1943) from Belin in 1906; (according to an unconfirmed note on final flyleaf it was brought by him from London in 1913); in the Pierpont Morgan Library accession book, however, the manuscript is recorded in 1914).

Ms. book of hours for the use of Rome (Hours of the Virgin, Office of the Dead); written and illuminated in Paris, France, ca. 1505-1510.
Decoration: 8 large miniatures, 24 calendar illustrations, 27 border historiations; the manuscript is noted for the very inventive border designs and shapes in a limited palette of brown, white, black, and gold.
Artist: Master of Petrarch's Triumphs.
Revised: 2015

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