Book of Hours
Milan, Italy, ca. 1450-1475.
Italian 18th-century red morocco; in red morocco case by Marguerite Duprez Lahey; lettered: Offices of the Virgin - Italian - XV cent.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), 1902.
167 leaves (1 column, 13 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 130 x 100 mm
Arms of the first owner (Sampieri of Bologna?) on fol. 13r: azure a greyhound argent, collared gules, above and below it a star of 8 points or, in the dexter angle a fleur-de-lis or; bought Feb. 2, 1900 by Richard Bennett; Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other sources : manuscripts / M.R. James. London : Chiswick Press, 1906, no. 92; 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 of Rome (Hours of the Virgin); written and illuminated in Italy, perhaps Milan, ca. 1450-1475.
Scribe: Sigismondo de'Sigismondi.
Decoration: 10 historiated initials surrounded by full borders with medallions containing cameos or busts of prophets; small outline drawings in the lower margins.
Artist: Boccardo is the main illuminator according to M. Levi d'Ancona (Oct. 14, 1971)--Cf. PML files.