Italy, probably Taranto, between 1350 and 1400.
Italian 14th- or 15th-century dark brown calf, blind-tooled, over boards, 5 bosses on each cover, 1 clasp, lettered: Breviarium secundum - Consuetudinem Romanae Curiae cum calendario - ms in membranis; in brown slip case, lettered: Breviary - Italian XIV century.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1902.
491 leaves (2 columns, 39 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 220 x 160 mm
J.T. Gibson Craig (bought in Rome, Jan. 18, 1872); his sale (London, 1887, I, no. 380); William Morris; Richard Bennett (purchased from Morris's estate, 1897); Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other sources, no. 15; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) with the Bennett Collection in 1902; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).
Ms. breviary, Roman rite for Franciscan use; written and illuminated in Italy, probably Taranto, between 1350 and 1400.
Decoration: 139 initials and 3 miniatures, 30 full-page ornamental borders.