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Detailed record for Harley 1211

Title Book of Hours, Use of the Collegiate Church of Sint Hermeskerk, Ronse
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date c. 1465
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Master of the Polemical Texts
Decoration 8 full-page miniatures, followed by large decorated initials, with full foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 8v, 10v, 12v, 14v, 16v, 18v, 20v, 58v); 2 miniatures probably missing after f. 6 (Hours of the Cross) and f. 92 (Office of the Dead). 2 large decorated initials with full foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 7, 92). 5 half-page miniatures with three-sided foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 86v, 87v, 88v, 89v, 90v). 7 large decorated initials with three-sided foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 33, 41, 44v, 46v, 48v, 51, 55). 2 large decorated initials in gold on red and blue grounds, at the beginning of prayers (ff. 74, 113v). Small initials (2 lines) in gold on red and blue grounds. Small initials (1 line) in gold with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Capital letters highlighted in red.
Dimensions in mm 190 x 135 (110 x 75)
Official foliation ff. 121 (+ 1 parchment and 1 unfoliated original parchment flyleaf at the beginning and 1 unfoliated original and 1 parchment flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Diced brown calf; gilt edges.
Provenance The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts. Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d.1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes The Hours of the Virgin is misbound: after the calendar, the volume starts with Matins of the Hours of the Cross, followed by Terce to Compline, and then Matins of the Hours of the Virgin.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), I, no. 1211.

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Illustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 16.

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), fig. 11.

Janet Backhouse, Illuminations from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), no. 10.


Images
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Illuminated initial

f. 7
Illuminated initial
Christ before Pilate

f. 8v
Christ before Pilate
Illuminated initial

f. 9
Illuminated initial
 
Flagellation of Christ

f. 10v
Flagellation of Christ
Illuminated initial

f. 11
Illuminated initial
Christ carrying the Cross

f. 12v
Christ carrying the Cross
 
Illuminated initial

f. 13
Illuminated initial
Crucifixion

f. 14v
Crucifixion
Illuminated initial

f. 15
Illuminated initial
 
Deposition

f. 16v
Deposition
Illuminated initial

f. 17
Illuminated initial
The Entombment

f. 18v
The Entombment
 
Illuminated initial

f. 19
Illuminated initial
Annunciation

f. 20v
Annunciation
Illuminated initial

f. 21
Illuminated initial
 
Last Judgement

f. 58v
Last Judgement
Illuminated initial

f. 59
Illuminated initial
John the Baptist

f. 86v
John the Baptist
 
Peter and Margaret

f. 87v
Peter and Margaret
Catherine

f. 88v
Catherine
Christopher and Barbara

f. 89v
Christopher and Barbara
 
Anthony and Apollonia

f. 90v
Anthony and Apollonia
Illuminated initial

f. 92
Illuminated initial

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