Book of Hours, Use of Rome, 15th century (MS Latin Kentucky III)


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  • Identifier: MS LAT KY III
  • Summary: A 15th century Italian Book of Hours with a 12th century pastedown and list of owner-inscribed dates.
  • Origin: 15th century
  • Decoration: Alternating one-line red and blue letters with alternating red and blue pen scrolls. Two-line gold leafed letters with harping and beading penwork. Two-line alternating red and blue letters with alternating red or blue harping and beading penwork. Four-line illuminated initials with blue letterforms, green bowls highlighted with gold floral details. Floral borders with black pen flourishes.
  • Provenance: J. Christian Bay (1871-1962). Pastedown has writing of an owner, giving series of dates including the date "26 November Papa Jullius". Perhaps Julius II (1503-1513) or Julius III (1534-1549).
  • Notes: Binding pastedown (front) is a 12th century leaf with interesting punctuation. Excerpt from Sancti Eusebii Hieronymi In Hieremiam prophetam libri sex (Vol 59), St. Jerome. Front Pastdown and Flyleaf 1r: "[illegible] de manu potentium et laudabant liberatorem" to "...ta est lamentationis flectus et luctus Rachel plorantis" (p. 386-8). Fly leaf 1v"...orum hunc locum sic" to "...dum factus est neque enim decem tribus quae in civitatibus Medorum exsulant" (p. 390). A reader has made a small correction, inserting /non\ to "... et in visibilium ut non habeant potestatem" (fol. 140r). A series of performative instructions (for the reader to cross themselves) fol. 157r- 158r, 160r-161r. Another reader correction of ethon to eterne (fol. 158r). Prayer to S. Anthony of Padua commonly attributed to S. Bonaventure (1218-1274) or Friar Julian of Speyer between 1232-1240.
  • Script: Gothic transitioning into Humanistic
  • Support: Parchment
  • Binding: Restored original
  • Layout: Typical 4-column Kalens layout. Body text is one column, 16 lines.

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