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Detailed record for Egerton 1149

Title Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date c. 1500
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Master of the Prayer Books of around 1500
Decoration 13 full-page miniatures on single leaves, each accompanied on the facing page by a large decorated initial and full historiated borders for major text divisions, or floral scatter borders for minor text divisions, in colours and gold (ff. 18v, 23v, 28v, 41v, 53v, 66v, 72v, 78v, 84v, 90v, 99v, 109v, 127v). 17 small miniatures, accompanied by three-sided or full floral scatter borders, in colours and gold, at the beginning of the suffrages (ff. 210, 211, 211v, 212v, 213, 214v, 215, 216, 217v, 219v, 220, 221, 222, 223, 223v, 224v, 225v). 2 small miniatures, in colours and gold, at the beginning of prayers (ff. 182, 190). Large decorated initials, in colours and gold. Small initials mostly in gold on red grounds.
Dimensions in mm 135 x 95 (65 x 45)
Official foliation ff. 227 (+ 2 original leaves after f. 193, and 4 after f. 226; modern paper interleaving faces most miniatures)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red velvet; gilt edges.
Provenance Unidentified owner, Lisbon, 16th/17th century: inscribed 'Visitatus et approbatus per Bartolomeum Ferero(?) visitatorum librorum Lisbonae' (f. 227v).
Unidentified 18th(?)- and 19th-century owners: inscribed 'No 29', crossed through (f. 1); '1342' (f. 1); '5606' (f. 1); a description in pencil in French (f. 1); 'OE.' in red ink (f. 227, lower left corner).
James Edwards: his sale, Evans, 5 April 1815, lot 825, bought by Forster & Gordon for 36 15s.
Philip Bliss (b. 1787, d. 1857), antiquary and book collector (according to Dibdin 1817); sold at Fletcher's of Piccadilly, 21 April 1842, lot 720, bought by H. Bohn for 45 13s. 6d.
William Knight, F.S.A.: bought from Bohn for 70; his sale 2 August 1847, lot 754 ('754' is in pencil on f. 1v), bought by Rodd for 81.
Bought by the British Museum from Thomas Rodd the younger (b. 1796, d. 1849), London bookseller, 13 November 1847 (note on f. 1), for 90, using the Bridgewater fund (12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Select bibliography T. F. Dibdin, The Bibliographical Decameron; or, Ten Days Pleasant Discourse upon Illuminated Manuscripts, and Subjects Connected with arly Engraving, Typography and Bibliography, 3 vols (London: Privately printed, 1817), I, p. clxi.

Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1846-1847 (London: British Museum, 1864), p. 386.

British Museum: Guide to the Exhibited Manuscripts, 3 parts (London: British Museum, 1923), III: Illuminated Manuscripts and Bindings of Manuscripts Exhibited in The Grenville Library, no. 83.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 31.

Janet Backhouse, Books of Hours (London: British Library, 1985), pp. 34-35, fig. 32.

Lilian M. C. Randall, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery, 3 vols (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989-97), III: Belgium, 1250-1530, 2 parts, II, p. 485.

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), pls. 107-08.

Thomas Kren and Scot McKendrick, Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003), p. 394.

Janet Backhouse, Illumination from Book of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), fig. 60.
Last revised: 27 February 2006

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