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[Book of Hours]
Paris c. 1490 and third decade of the 16th century.
Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum. 8vo. (176 x 116 mm) 18th century red gilt morocco (scuffed at edges and with wear to spine). Repeated gilt motif to spine, with raised bands, lettered in the second and third compartments, triple line gilt in rule to boards, gilt edges. Marbled endpapers and gilt inner dentelles. Apparently lacking compline from the hours of the Virgin, else complete. 20 lines, ruled space. 29 large miniatures, 28 of these in architectural frames, one with a full panel border, illuminated initials throughout (small loss to the white pigment of the Crucifixion miniature, elsewhere very occasional instances of rubbing to the miniatures, light marginal wear). Bookplate of 'Maurice Burrus' to verso of front pastedown. Content: Calendar, Gospel extracts and Passion readings, mixed hours of the Virgin, the Cross, and the Holy Spirit, Penitential Psalms, Litany, Office of the Dead, Suffrages.
**These accomplished and iconographically-rich Parisian workshop Hours from the early 16th century are notably elevated here by an exquisite inserted miniature in the hand of the Master of Jacques de Besancon (fl.1480-1500).**

Coloured plates in order:

Large illuminations.

1. John of Patmos.
2. St. Luke.
3. St. Matthew.
4. St. Mark.
5. Agony in the garden.
6. The arrest of Christ.
7. Annunciation.
8. Visitation.
9. Betrayal of Christ.
10. Harrowing of Hell.
11. The Nativity.
12. Christ before Pilate.
13. Resurrection.
14. Annunciation to the Shepherds.
15. Flagellation of Christ.
16. Christ appears to Mary.
17. Adoration of the magi.
18. Christ carrying the cross.
19. Christ appears to Mary Magdalene.
20. Presentation in the temple.
21. The Crucifixion.
22. The Supper at Emmaus.
23. The flight into Egypt.
24. Christ taken down from the cross.
25. Doubting Thomas.
26. The entombment.
27. Pentecost.
28. Bathsheba at her bath.
29. Job on the dung heap.

Small illuminations.

30- 66. The Suffrages of the Saints.
Christies Lot 30 / Sale 12137. 25/5/16.
Hand coloured plates
18th Century & earlier, France, Religious/Christian
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