Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.1001
Book of Hours
Poitiers, France, ca. 1475.
Formerly French late 18th-century blue morocco, gold-tooled dentelle, with label of Derome le Jeune (preserved in M.1001 folder); now bound in full alum tawed pigskin by Deborah Evetts, 1988.
Purchased on the Fellows Fund, 1979.
165 leaves (1 column, 16 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 148 x 108 mm
Count Justin de Mac-Carthy Reagh, Toulouse (Catalogue des livres rares et précieux de la bibliothèque de feu M. le comte de Mac-Carthy Reagh, De Bure, Paris, 1815, v.I, no. 408); William Beckford, Fonthill Abbey, Wilts, his no. 78 (and described in Repertorium Bibliographicum, 1819, p. 226 as Preces Piae); the Duke of Hamilton Collection (Hamilton Palace Library, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland); sold privately in 1882 with the Hamilton Collection to the Royal Museum of Berlin (The Hamilton Palace Libraries, Catalogue of the Hamilton Collection of Manuscripts, 1882, no. 319); sold in 1887? (not part of the Sotheby's 1889 sale of part of the Hamilton manuscripts); Frédéric Spitzer; Robert Hoe; his sale, New York, Anderson Auction Company, May 1, 1911, no. 2135; Charles Gillet; Hans P. Kraus, New York.

Ms. book of hours for the use of Rome (Hours of the Virgin, Office of the Dead) and Poitiers (calendar, litany); written and illuminated in Poitiers, France, ca. 1475.
Decoration: 38 large miniatures, 20 with border scenes; 1 small miniature, panel borders on nearly every page; includes an unusual cycle of the Seven Deadly Sins to illustrate the Seven Penitential Psalms.
Artist: Robinet Testard.
Revised: 2015