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Detailed record for Harley 5762

Title Book of Hours, Use of Paris
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date c. 1460
Language Latin, with some French
Script Gothic
Artists Circle of the Master of the Munich Golden Legend (see Backhouse 2004).
Decoration 8 roundels with partial foliate borders, in colours and gold, in the calendar (ff. 1-9v); 2 pages after f. 3 (March and April) and 2 after f. 7 (September and October) excised. 14 full-page miniatures with large decorated foliate initials and full foliate borders, in colours and gold, for major text divisions (ff. 22, 44, 56, 62, 67, 72, 76, 83, 88, 104, 110, 116, 164, 170). All text pages with partial foliate borders, in colours and gold. Large decorated initials with natural flowers (3 lines) and partial foliate borders on recto, in colours and gold, for minor text divisions (ff. 10, 15v, 19). Small decorated foliate initials (2 lines) and partial foliate borders on recto, in colours and gold. Small initials and line fillers in gold on red and blue grounds.
Dimensions in mm 175 x 135 (110 x 65)
Official foliation ff. 181 (f. 1 is a medieval parchment flyleaf; + 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 original unfoliated parchment and 2 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather; marbled endpapers; speckled edges in red.
Provenance Inscription, 16th century (f. 1).
Ownership mark dated 1640 (f. 2).
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.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III, no. 5762.

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 Book of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), fig. 39.

Gregory T. Clark, Art in a Time of War (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2016), pp. 9-10, 301, Ill. 17.


Images
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Visitation

f. 44
Visitation
Annunciation to the Shepherds

ff. 61v-62
Annunciation to the Shepherds
David penitent

f. 88
David penitent
 
Burial

f. 116
Burial
Christ in majesty

f. 170
Christ in majesty

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