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Detailed record for Yates Thompson 30

Title Book of Hours ('The Hours of Laudomia de' Medici')
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date c. 1502
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Attributed to Attavante degli Attavanti (ff. 14, 20v);
Giovanni Boccardi (ff. 1-12, 27v, 30v, 31, 34, 44v, 66v, 67, 82v, 83, 112, 117v, 118);
Mariano del Buono (f. 45);
Stefano Lunetti (ff. 37, 39v, 40, 60v, 61) (see Garzelli 1985).
Decoration 12 calendar roundels with partial foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 1-12). 12 miniatures, accompanied by small decorated or inhabited initials, and full borders for the double-pages, with all'antica elements, including emblems, putti, gemstones, masks, and foliate decoration, in colours and gold (ff. 20v, 27v, 30v [miniature of half size at the end of the text], 31, 34, 37, 40, 45, 60v, 66v, 82v, 117v). 6 large historiated initials, with full borders with all'antica elements, including emblems, putti, gemstones, masks, and foliate decoration, in colours and gold (ff. 14, 61, 67, 83, 112, 118). All text pages with partial foliate borders, with putti, birds, etc, and small central miniatures, in colours and gold. Small initials in gold on coloured grounds.
Dimensions in mm 180 x 120 (95 x 57)
Official foliation ff. 131 (+ 1 medieval flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red velvet.
Provenance Laudomia, daughter of Lorenzo de' Medici, for or after her marriage to Francesco Salviati in 1502: their arms, partly obliterated with gold (not obliterated on ff. 1, 20v, 31, 36v, 39v, 44v, 82, and 117v); the initials of Laudomia de' Medici and Francesco Salviati (ff. 33v, 34, 39v); portraits (f. 30v).
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham; his Appendix Ms. 62; bought from Boone, 12 September 1846, for 120, according to the handwritten annotations in the BL Manuscript Department's copy of Catalogue of the Manuscripts at Ashburnham Place: Appendix (London: Hodgson, 1853).
Bertram Ashburnham, 5th earl of Ashburnham: his sale, May 1897, bought by Yates Thompson together with the entire Ashburnham Appendix: book-plate with an inscribed number 'From the Library of the Earl of Ashburnham Appendix no. LXII May 1897' (inside upper cover).
Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: with his book-plate inscribed 'see.e.e [i.e. 600.0.0] / [bought from the] Earl of / Ashburnham / May 1897' (1st flyleaf).
Bequeathed to the British Museum in 1941 by Mrs Henry Yates Thompson.
Notes The illumination attributed to Attavante degli Attavanti (ff. 14, 20v (the Visitation));
Giovanni Boccardi , d. 1542, worked in Florence (ff. 1-12, 27v, 30v, 31, 34, 66v, 67, 82v, 83, 112, 117v, 118);
Mariano del Buono (f. 45); and
Stefano Lunetti (ff. 37, 40, 60v, 61) (see Garzelli 1985).
Select bibliography A Descriptive Catalogue of the Second Series of Fifty Manuscripts (Nos. 51 to 100) in the Collection of Henry Yates Thompson (Cambridge: University Press, 1902), no. 94 pp. 294-98.

Exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts (London: Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1908), no. 257 p. 129.

Derek H. Turner, Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series 5 (London: British Museum, 1965), pl. 47.

Derek Howard Turner, Illuminated Manuscripts Exhibited in the Grenville Library (London, British Museum, 1967), p. 55.

Janet Backhouse, Books of Hours (London: British Library, 1985), pp. 11-12, fig. 6.

Annarosa Garzelli, 'Attavante' , in Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, 2 vols, ed. by Annarosa Garzelli ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, 219-63 (pp. 244-45, figs. 853, 1058-1069, 1071 (mislabeled), 1073); II, pls 853, 1058-.69, 1071, 1073.

Patricia Basing, Trades and Crafts in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1990), pp. 90-91, fig. 51.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (London: British Library, 1997), no. 197 p. 221.

Janet Backhouse, Illuminations from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), pl. 128.

Diego Galizzi, ' Lunetti, Stefano' and Diego Galizzi, 'Vante di Gabriello di Vante Attavanti', in Dizionario Biografico di Miniatura. Secoli IX-XVI ed. by Milva Bollati (Milan: Sylvestre Bonnard, 2004), pp. 405-6 (406) and 975-978 (p. 978).


Images
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January

f. 1
January
Man by a fire

f. 1
Man by a fire
Aquarius

f. 1
Aquarius
 
February

f. 2
February
March

f. 3
March
August

f. 8
August
 
Wine

f. 8
Wine
September

f. 9
September
Men making barrels

f. 9
Men making barrels
 
November

f. 11
November


f. 17v
Visitation

f. 20v
Visitation
 
Visitation

f. 20v
Visitation
Border

f. 20v
Border
Border

f. 20v
Border
 
Border

f. 20v
Border
Border

f. 20v
Border
Hours of the Virgin

f. 21
Hours of the Virgin
 
Border

f. 21
Border
Border

f. 21
Border
Virgin and Child

f. 30v
Virgin and Child
 
Virgin and Child

f. 30v
Virgin and Child
Border

f. 30v
Border
Border

f. 30v
Border
 
Border

f. 30v
Border
Circumcision

f. 37
Circumcision
Circumcision

f. 37
Circumcision
 
Border

f. 37
Border
Border

f. 37
Border
Border

f. 37
Border
 
Massacre of the Innocents

f. 40
Massacre of the Innocents
Flight into Egypt

f. 45
Flight into Egypt
David

ff. 66v-67
David
 
David

f. 67
David
Raising of Lazarus

f. 82v
Raising of Lazarus
Raising of Lazarus

f. 82v
Raising of Lazarus
 
Putti

f. 82v
Putti
Border

f. 82v
Border
Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple

ff. 117v-118
Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple
 


f. 118

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