Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.179
Book of Hours
Paris, France, 1480-1500.
19th-century (?) green velvet with 2 clasps.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1902.
188 leaves (1 column, 18 lines), bound : vellum, ill ; 180 x 130 mm
Said to be commissioned by Louis, Bastard of Bourbon, for his son Charles de Roussillon (some borders with semis of fleurs-de-lis and the knotted bâton of Charles de Roussillon, his initials C.R. in upper border of fol. 145); Condé family, stamps; stamp of a bishop (a lion rampant, in chier two ducks passant) and of the École royale militaire de Sorèze; Prince de Condé, gouveneur de Bourgogne et Bresse; Quaritch, catalogue 369 (1886), no. 35731; catalogue (1890), no. 23; catalogue 118 (1891), no. 534; catalogue 138 (1893), no. 118; catalogue 154 (1895), no. 215; Richard Bennett (bought Apr. 28, 1896); Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other sources, no. 51; 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 Paris (Hours of the Virgin, Office of the Dead); written and illuminated in Paris, France, ca. 1480-1500.
Decoration: 6 full-page miniatures, 12 large miniatures, 14 small miniatures, 20 border vignettes, 22 calendar vignettes.
Artist: various hands, among whom is the Chief Associate of Maître François.

Latin and Middle French