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Detailed record for Additional 50002

Title Book of Hours, Use of Rome ('The Mirandola Hours')
Origin Italy, N. E. (Padua or Venice)
Date The last decade of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe i12 (ff. 1-12), ii-vii10 (ff. 13-72), viii-ix6 (ff. 73-84), x-xii10 (ff. 85-114).
Artists Giovanni Francesco Maineri
Decoration 4 full-page miniatures in colours and gold introducing the start of each section of the Book of Hours (ff. 13, 63, 79, 85). 15 large historiated initials depicting biblical scenes in colours and gold (ff. 15, 16, 17, 21, 28v, 32, 35, 37v, 40v, 46, 50, 53v, 91v, 96, 101). Medallions depicting Zodiac signs and the Labours of the months in the Calendar in colours and gold (ff. 1-12v). Decorated initials throughout, sometimes with a scenic background, or in gold set in a small square with gold foliage. Borders (full and partial) with heraldic decoration, mottoes, and all'antica elements, including candelabrae, flaming cressets, armour and masks, fully painted. Rubrics in gold or in blue.

The illuminations have been attributed to Giovanni Francesco Maineri (fl. 1489–1506), who worked as a painter in Ferrara for the Este family before moving to Mantua in 1489 (see The Painted Page, ed. by J. J. G. Alexander (1994), pp. 82-83).
Dimensions in mm 165 x 115 (105 x 65)
Official foliation ff. vi + 114 (ff. i-v are paste-downs, f. vi is a medieval parchment flyleaf (+1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the end + 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red morocco with gold lettering, by Katherine Adams.
Provenance Galeotto I Pico della Mirandola (b. 1467, d. 1499), Prince of Mirandola and Count of Concordia, and his wife, Bianca d'Este (b. 1440, d. 1506), illegitimate daughter of Niccolo III d'Este: their arms (f. 13).
Michael Tomkinson (b. 1841, d. 1921), carpet manufacturer: his bookplate (f. iv).
John Ruskin (b. 1819, d. 1900), art critic and social critic: his bookplate (f. i).
Charles William Dyson Perrins (b. 1864, d. 1958), book and porcelain collector and benefactor: purchased in March 1905; his bookplates (ff. iii and iv). Label with old Dyson Perrins number '30', f. vii; labels with Dyson Perrins number '95', f. ii and on spine. Included in a group of 8 illuminated manuscripts offered by the trustees of the Dyson Perrins estate to the British Museum at below market value; purchased with the help of the Friends of the National Libraries, the National Art-Collections Fund, the Pilgrim Trust and the National Treasury in 1958.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
This lavishly illuminated Book of Hours was probably produced for Galeotto Pico della Mirandola, Prince of Mirandola and Count of Concordia (d. 1499) and his wife, Bianca d'Este (as evidenced by their arms, painted into the border decoration on f. 13), probably in Northern Italy in the decade before Galeotto's death in 1499.
Select bibliography Illustrated Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts (London: Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1908), no. 262.

George G. Warner, Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of C.W. Dyson Perrins, 2 vols (Oxford, 1920), I, pp. 210-15, II, pl. 82.

Thomas J. Brown, G.M. Meredith-Owens and Derek H. Turner, 'Manuscripts from the Dyson Perrins Collection', British Museum Quarterly, 23 (1961), 27-38, p.33.

Margery Corbett, 'The Architectural Title-Page', Motif, 12 (1964), 49-62 (p. 58, fig. 17).

Derek H. Turner, Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, series 5 (London, 1965), no. XLIII.

James S. Dearden, 'John Ruskin, the Collector: with a Catalogue of the Illuminated and other Manuscripts Formerly in his Collection', The Library, 21, 5 (1966), 124-54 (p. 148).

Janet Backhouse, Books of Hours (London: British Library, 1985), pl. 53.

Ulrike Bauer-Eberhardt, 'Giovanni Francesco Maineri als Miniator', Pantheon, 49 (1991), pp. 89-96

The Painted Page: Italian Renaissance Book Illumination 1450-1550, ed. by Jonathan J. G. Alexander (London: Prestel, 1994), 32, no. 25.

Das Mirandola-Stundenbuch (The Mirandola Hours), full facsimile with commentary by Christopher de Hamel and Ulrike Bauer-Eberhardt (Lachen: Coron Verlag, 1995).

Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1956-1965, 3 vols (London: British Library, 2000), I: Descriptions, no. 50002.

Jonathan J. G. Alexander,Studies in Italian Manuscript Illumination (London: Pindar Press, 2002), p. 28.

F. O. Büttner, ‘Ce sera moy: Realitätsgehalt und Rhetoric in Darstellungen der Toten- und Vergänglichkeitsikonographie des Studengebetbuchs', in ’Als Ich Can’: Liber Amicorum in Memory of Professor Dr. Maurits Smeyers, ed. by Bert Cardon and others, 2 vols (Paris: Uitgeverij Peeters, 2002), pp. 243-315 (pl. 14).

Janet Backhouse, Illuminations from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), pl. 133.

Federica Veratelli, 'Maineri, Giovanni Francesco', in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Vol 67 (2006): http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/giovanni-francesco-maineri_(Dizionario_Biografico)/ [accessed 13 March 2017].

James S. Dearden, The Library of John Ruskin (Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society, 2012), no. 1341.


Images
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Calendar page

f. 12v
Calendar page
The Annunciation

f. 13
The Annunciation
Hours of the Virgin

f. 54v
Hours of the Virgin
 
Illuminated initials

f. 74
Illuminated initials
Illuminated initials

f. 74v
Illuminated initials
Illuminated initials

f. 75
Illuminated initials
 
Text page

f. 76
Text page
The Crucifixion; St Helena and the True Cross

f. 79
The Crucifixion; St Helena and the True Cross
Beginning of the Office of the Dead

f. 85
Beginning of the Office of the Dead
 

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