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Detailed record for Egerton 1147

ff. 1-228v 
Title Book of Hours, Use of Rome
 
ff. 1v-11v, 229-260 
Title Texts and decoration added to a Book of Hours
 
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date c. 1500
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Attributed to the Master of the Dresden Prayer Book (ff. 1-11) and a close collaborator (ff. 12-228) who worked with the Dresden Prayer Book Master in another book of hours (Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, MS 78.B.14) (see Brinkmann 1991 and 1997).
Decoration 11 calendar roundels in the lower margins, with trompe l'oeil elements in the outer margins on recto. 10 full-page miniatures, accompanied by large decorated initials and full scatter or historiated borders, the first including a small miniature in the lower margin, in colours and gold, for major text divisions (ff. 12, 21, 49, 71, 94, 99, 104, 113, 133, 156); miniatures missing for the Hours of the Cross after f. 13, for the Mass of the Virgin after f. 28, for Prime and Terce of the Hours of the Virgin after ff. 84 and 88. 23 small miniatures accompanied by partial scatter borders, in colours and gold, for minor text divisions (ff. 34, 35v, 37v, 39v, 41, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212v, 213v, 215, 216, 217v, 218v, 219v, 220v, 221v, 222v, 224, 225v, 227; 245). 1 large initial (5 lines) formed of grey-white acanthus on a brown ground with floral decoration in gold (f. 120). Small initials (1 and 2 lines) formed of grey-white acanthus on brown grounds highlighted with dots in gold.
Dimensions in mm 125 x 85 (60 x 40)
Official foliation ff. 260 (+ 1 original flyleaf at the beginning, and 2 at the end)
Collation Collation uncertain: perhaps: i6-1 (1st leaf excised; ff. 1-5), ii6 (ff. 6-11), iii8-1 (3rd leaf excised; ff. 12-18), iv8 (ff. 19-26), v8-1 (3rd leaf excised; ff. 27-33), vi8-1 (last leaf excised, probably blank; ff. 34-40), vii6 (ff. 41-46), viii-xi8 (ff. 47-78), xii8-1 (7th leaf excised; ff. 79-85), xiii8-2 (cental bifolium missing; ff. 86-91), xiv-xvii8 (ff. 92-123), xviii8+1 (9th leaf inserted; ff. 124-132), xix-xxvii8 (ff. 133-204), xxviii4-1 (4th leaf excised, probably blank; ff. 205-207), xxix-xxx8 (ff. 208-223); xxxi4 (ff. 224-228); xxxii-xxxiv8 (ff. 225-252), xxxv8-2 (cental bifolium missing; ff. 253-258), xxxvi6-1 (penultimate leaf is the blank pastedown, last leaf excised; ff. 259-260, + 2 flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Green stamped 'Cathedral' style leather; silver clasp in the form of a lion passant reguardant, engraved on the back with a female figure; the leaves with red edges.
Provenance Letters 'IK' linked by a knot in brown ink, 15th century (f. 13v, added to lower margin).
Pierre Joseph Versturme-Roegiers (b. 1777, d. 1846) of Ghent: his armorial bookplate (inside upper cover).
Bought by the British Museum from Thomas Rodd the younger (b. 1796, d. 1849), London bookseller, 8 May 1847 (note on 1st flyleaf verso), using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Notes The Calendar is misbound: August to December (ff. 1-5v) is followed by January to June (ff. 6-11v); July is missing.
Select bibliography W. R. Tymms and M. D. Wyatt, The Art of Illuminating as Practised in Europe from the Earliest Times (London: Day and Sons, 1860; repr. Studio Editions, 1987), pls XVI.3-4, 7.

Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1846-1847 (London: British Museum, 1864), no. Eg. 1147.

J. A. Herbert, Illuminated Manuscripts (London: Methuen and Co., 1911), p. 323.

Friedrich Winkler, Die flämische Buchmalerei des XV. und XVI. Jahrhunderts: Künstler und Werke von den Brüdern van Eyck bis zu Simon Bening (Leipzig: [n. pub.], 1925), p. 180.

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. 80.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 29.

David Diringer, The Illuminated Book: Its History and Production (London: Faber and Faber, 1958), p. 449.

Patricia Basing, Trades and Crafts in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1990), p. 31, fig. 13.

Bodo Brinkmann and Eberhard König, Simon Bening: Das Blumen-Stundenbuch Clm 23637, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Lucern: Faksimile Verlag, 1991), pp. 94-97, figs. 13-15 [commentary and facsimile].

Bodo Brinkmann, Die flämische Buchmalerei am Ende des Burgunderreichs: der Meister des Dresdener Gebetbuchs und die Miniaturisten seiner Zeit, 2 vols (Turnhout: Brepols, 1997), I, pp. 302-05, 365, 388-89, pls. 304-07, II, pls. 304-07.

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), pls. 109-10, 115-16.

Janet Backhouse, Illumination from Book of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), fig. 59.
Last revised: 28 February 2006


Images

ff. 1-228v
Book of Hours, Use of Rome
* * *
 
January

f. 6
January
May

f. 10
May
Visitation

f. 71
Visitation
 
Mount of Olives and the Betrayal

f. 229
Mount of Olives and the Betrayal

ff. 1v-11v, 229-260
Texts and decoration added to a Book of Hours
* * *
 
January

f. 6v
January
April

f. 9v
April
June

f. 11v
June
 
George fighting the dragon

f. 259
George fighting the dragon

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