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Detailed record for Additional 82729

Part 1 f. A 
Title Leaf from a Book of Hours, containing the text for the end of Lauds, and Prime in the Hours of the Virgin, Use of Rome
Origin Italy, N. (Bologna)
Date c. 1390 - c. 1400
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Master of the Brussels Initials (active in Bologna, Padua and Paris end of the 14th century and beginning of the 15th century)
Decoration 1 historiated initial 'D' in colours and gold, of the Virgin reading in her bedchamber, with a bar border extension of acanthus-like foliage inhabited by drolleries, a zoomorphic motif and bezants with single hair-line embellishment, at the beginning of Prime in the Hours of the Virgin. 3 small initials in gold with blue penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 235 x 170
 
Part 2 f. B 
Title Bifolium of a Book of Hours, containing the text for None in the Hours of the Virgin, Use of Rome
Origin Italy, N. (Bologna)
Date c. 1390 - c. 1400
Language Latin
Script Gotic
Artists Master of the Brussels Initials (active in Bologna, Padua and Paris end of the 14th century and beginning of the 15th century)
Decoration 1 historiated initial 'D' in colours and gold, of the Flight into Egypt, with a partial bar border of strapwork and acanthus-like foliage inhabited by drolleries, zoomorphic motifs and bezants with single hair-line embellishment, at the beginning of None in the Hours of the Virgin. 1 small foliate initial 'M' in colours and gold. 6 small initials in gold with blue penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 225 x 330 (bifolium); 225 x 165 (each leaf)
 
Part 3 f. C 
Title Leaf of a Book of Hours, containing the text for the end of Matins and Prime in the Long Hours of the Cross [erased]
Origin Italy, N. (Bologna)
Date c. 1390 - c. 1400
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Master of the Brussels Initials (active in Bologna, Padua and Paris end of the 14th century and beginning of the 15th century)
Decoration 1 historiated initial 'D' in colours and gold, of Christ before Pilate, with extension into margins of acanthus-like foliage inhabited by drolleries and bezants with single hair-line embellishment, at the beginning of Prime in the Long Hours of the Cross. 1 small initial in gold with blue penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 235 x 170
 
Part 4 f. D 
Title Leaf of a Book of Hours, containing the text for Vespers in the Long Hours of the Cross [erased]
Origin Italy, N. (Bologna)
Date c. 1390 - c. 1400
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Master of the Brussels Initials (active in Bologna, Padua and Paris end of the 14th century and beginning of the 15th century)
Decoration 1 historiated initial 'D' in colours and gold, of the Deposition from the Cross, with strapwork and extensions into margins of acanthus-like foliage and bezants with single hair-line embellishment, at the beginning of Vespers in the Long Hours of the Cross. 3 small initials in gold with blue penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 235 x 170
 
Official foliation Parchment leaves and a bifolium, foliated A, B, C and D, respectively.
Form Parchment leaves and a bifolium in double-sided window mounts, kept in a box.
Binding N/A
Provenance The Acciuaiuoli family of Florence: probably their arms with a swan crest on Add. 69865, f. 5, previously ascribed to the Papafava of Padua (see Masimo Medica, 'Nuove tracce per l'attività padovana del Maestro delle Iniziali di Bruxelles', in Parole Dipinte: La miniatura a Padoval dal Medieovo al Settecento, ed. by Giovanna Baldissin Molli, Giordana Mariani Canova and Federica Toniolo (Padua: Franco Cosimo Panini, 1999), pp. 471-79 (p. 473, fig. 5).
Thomas Hobart (d. 1728), doctor: perhaps bequeathed the book of Hours to Sir Roger Moystyn (b. 1673, d. 1739), 3rd baronet Mostyn.
The Lords Mostyn of Mostyn Hall, Mostyn, Cheshire: the book of Hours was described in Fourth Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1874), p. 350, no. 76; their sale, 13 July 1920, lot 62, bought by Goertz for £35.
Mrs Constance Goetze (d. 1951), wife of Sigismund C.H. Goetze, RA (b. 1866, d. 1939): her sale, 1 December 1942, lot 344, bought by Eisemann.
Heinrich Eisemann, twentieth-century London book-dealer.
Erwin Rosenthal: owned ff. A and B: f. A was displayed at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, in 1952.
Dr and Mrs Francis Springell: owned f. B: their sale, 28 June 1962, lot 50.
The present leaves and bifolium purchased by the British Library by private sale from Christie's, August 2005.
Notes Italian cuttings.
The present leaves and bifolium originally formed part of a now dismembered Book of Hours. Currently 137 out of a recorded 145 leaves from the Hours have been located or identified. These are: British Library, Add. 52539, 69865, 76762, 76763, 82729, 88889; Los Angeles, UCLA Charles E. Young Library, Department of Special Collections, R. H. & M. A. Rouse MS 32; Sotheby's, Western Manuscripts and Miniatures, London, 18 May 1996, lot 20 (now in a private collection, Japan); Sotheby's, Western Manuscripts and Miniatures, London, 14 July 1981, lot 25 (Private Collection, Switzerland).
Select bibliography Scot McKendrick, 'Dismembered, but not destroyed: An Early Horae from Northern Italy now partly preserved in the British Library', in Quand la peinture était dans les livres: mélanges en l'honneur de François Avril, ed. by Mara Hofmann and Caroline Zöhl (Paris: Brepols; Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2007), pp. 192-202 (pp. 196, 198, figs 2-4, 6).

Peter Kidd, 'UCLA Rouse MS 32: The Provenance of a Dismembered Italian Illuminated Book of Hours Illuminated by the Master of the Brussels Initials', in Medieval Manuscripts, Their Makers and Users: A Special Issue of Viator in Honor of Richard and Mary Rouse (Brepols, 2011), pp. 279-91.

Massimo Medica, 'Un Illustre Committente Fiorentino per Giovanni di Fra Silvestro: Donato Acciaiuoli', in Il codice miniato in Europa: libri per la chiesa, per la città, per la corte, ed. by Giordana Mariani Canova and Alessandra Perriccioli Saggese (Padua: Il Poligrafo, 2014), pp. 355-71.


Images

Part  1   f. A
Leaf from a Book of Hours, containing the text for the end of Lauds, and Prime in the Hours of the Virgin, Use of Rome
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Virgin reading in her chamber

f. A
Virgin reading in her chamber

Part  2   f. B
Bifolium of a Book of Hours, containing the text for None in the Hours of the Virgin, Use of Rome
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Flight into Egypt

f. B
Flight into Egypt

Part  3   f. C
Leaf of a Book of Hours, containing the text for the end of Matins and Prime in the Long Hours of the Cross [erased]
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Pilate

f. C
Pilate

Part  4   f. D
Leaf of a Book of Hours, containing the text for Vespers in the Long Hours of the Cross [erased]
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Deposition from the Cross

f. D
Deposition from the Cross

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