Book of hours

Accession number: 
MS M.370
Book of hours
Paris, France, ca. 1660.
Original citron morocco gilt, red morocco doublures in the style of Florimond Badier; lettered: Prières.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
37 leaves (1 column, 16 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 110 x 70 mm
Roger de Rabutin, comte de Bussy (1618-1693); his daughter, the marquise de Montataire (ca. 1720); Louis César de la Baume Le Blanc, duc de La Vallière (1708-1780); his sale Paris, 1784, no. 5235; bought by Payne for La Vallière's daughter, the duchesse de Châtileau; her daughter, the duchesse d'Uzès; her grandaughter, the marquise de Rougé; the latter's grandson, the vicomte de Lostanges-Beduer; his sale, Paris, Jan. 13, 1872, no. 7; to Ambroise Firmin-Didot (1790-1876); his sale Paris, 1879, no. 45; to Fontaine; H. Bordes sale (Feb. 15, 1897, no. 22); purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Rahir in 1909 (inv. no. 33416); J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. book of hours, unknown use; written and illuminated in Paris, France, ca. 1660.
The text by Roger de Rabutin, comte de Bussy, most of which is erased, consists of satirical verses and prayers reflecting on the morals of his contemporaries; in 1674 he and Mme. de Scudery discussed the text of this manuscript in their correspondence; Nicolas Boileau Despréux (1636-1711) mentions it in his Satires VIII, 40, first published in 1674.
Decoration: eight full-page miniatures, three crowned monograms.
Artist: ascribed to Jean Petitot, but in the Firmin-Didot sale catalogue (Paris, 1879, no. 45) the artist Du Guerrier is suggested.
Scribe: unknown.

perhaps in humanistic script