Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.1078
Book of Hours
Netherlands, ca. 1494.
19th-century (?) red velvet over 15th-century brown vegetable-tanned calfskin, possibly blind-stamped, over wooden boards; covered endbands with saddle-stitching. 19th-century (?) silver-gilt catches and clasps, with initials C and H joined by a love-knot.
Purchased on the Fellows Fund and with a special gift of Miss Julia P. Wightman, 1988.
171 leaves (1 column, 22 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 215 x 150 mm
Ca. 1494, made for Cornelis Croesinck (d. 1519) and his second wife Hildegard van Alkemade, pictured on fol. 121v, their initials C and H, joined by love-knots, on the clasps of the binding; their arms, with unidentified initials GAL on 109v: on the left: quartered, 1 and 4, azure, three tumblers argent, 1 and 3, gules, a lion rampant or, armed and langued azure (Croesinck); mantling, azure and argent; crest: on a torse, gules and or, a figure, or, holding up a goblet between two wings, argent; on the right: supported by a griffon, the arms argent, sable, armed and crowned, or (Alkemade) impaled by Croesinck; on fol. 1r: oval stamp with BIBLIOTH. DU COLLEGE N.D. A ANVERS; (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe College, Antwerp); William Bragge of Sheffield; his sale, London, Sotheby's, June 7, 1876, lot 227; T. Shadford Walker, Liverpool; his sale, London, Sotheby's, June 23, 1886, lot 198; Robert Hoe; by descent to his granddaughter, Ellen James Evans (Mrs. Robert J. Lewis) and Robert Lewis.

Book of hours for the use of Utrecht (calendar), in the Gerard Groote translation; written and illuminated in the northern Netherlands, ca. 1494.
Decoration: 12 large miniatures, 4 small miniatures, 28 historiated initials, 3 historiated borders, 12 border scenes, numerous illuminated borders and initials; Dutch Gothic style.
Artist: Master of Cornelis Croesinck.