Liège, Belgium, ca. 1280s.
Original late 15th century Flemish tooled and stamped leather over boards; square stamps with stars, dragons, and fleurs-des-lis in rectangular frame enclosing three vertical columns; rebacked at the Doves Bindery, 1894; two modern clasps.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1902.
298 leaves (1 column, 19 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 163 x 115 mm
Made for a canon (or conceivably) a Beguine in the parish of St. Peter in Liège; Peter van den Hove of Brabant (d.1793), his ownership stamps on fol. 1, 2, and 296v: an octagon containing a serpent surmounted by a cardinal's hat; William Morris (1834-1896); purchased from Morris's estate in 1897 by Richard Bennett (1844-1900); Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other sources, no. 27; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) with the Bennett Collection in 1902; J.