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Detailed record for Harley 2919

Part 1 ff. 3-156 
Title Book of Hours, Use of Bourges
Origin France, Central (Bourges)
Date c. 1480 - c. 1500
Language Latin, and some French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 13 full-page miniatures mostly with large decorated initials and full foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 15, 17, 23, 34v, 36v, 41, 47, 90, 93v, 97, 112v, 144, 145v). 9 small miniatures and partial foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 140v, 141, 141v, 142, 143, 146v, 147, 147v, 148v). All text pages with partial foliate borders including hybrid creatures, animals, etc., in colours and gold. Large and small initials in gold on red or blue grounds. Line fillers in gold on red and blue grounds. Capital letters highlighted in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 170 x 105 (100 x 60)
 
Part 2 ff. 19-22 
Title Added prayer, Mon benoist dieu
Origin France, Central (Bourges)
Date c. 1490 - c. 1510
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists In the style of the Master of Spencer 6 (f. 19).
Decoration 1 small miniature with a large initial in gold on a red ground and a partial foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 19). All text pages with partial foliate borders, in colours and gold.
Dimensions in mm 170 x 105 (100 x 60)
 
Official foliation ff. 158 (ff. 1 and 2 are parchment flyleaves; + 1 paper flyleaf at the beginning and 2 parchment and 1 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Harleian binding of gold-tooled red leather; marbled endpapers; gilt edges.
Provenance Added prayer in a 16th-century hand (ff. 156v-157v).
Additions to the calendar and prayers in a 17th-century hand (ff. 3-14v, 18v, 45v-46v, 158).
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, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley '13 die Augusti, A.D. 1724.' (f. 1). 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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II, no. 2919.

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. 17.

Janet Backhouse, Illumination from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), fig. 22.

Katja Monier, 'Vision and Devotion in Bourges around 1500: an Illuminator and his World' (unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Edinburgh: , 2014), p. 71, n. 341, App. 1, pp. 47-48.,


Images

Part  1   ff. 3-156
Book of Hours, Use of Bourges
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John on Patmos

f. 15
John on Patmos
Virgin and Child

f. 36v
Virgin and Child

Part  2   ff. 19-22
Added prayer, Mon benoist dieu
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God the Father

f. 19
God the Father

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