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Detailed record for Harley 3181

Part 1 ff. 1-22v, 24-92v, 101-161v 
Title Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Origin France, N. E. (Dijon)
Date c. 1500 - c. 1510
Language Latin, with some French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists By two different artists, the Master of the Burgundian Prelates executed two miniatures at the beginning of the Hours of the Virgin and the Hours of the Cross (ff. 41, 87), hand B was responsible for the rest of the decoration.
Decoration 24 small calendar miniatures with three-sided foliate borders including hybrid figures, birds, etc., in colours and gold (ff. 1-6v, Gemini on f. 3 effaced). 18 framed full-page miniatures with large decorated or inhabited initials and bas-de-page scenes or partial foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 7v, 15, 16v, 22v, 24v, 25v, 41, 51v, 63, 67, 70v, 73v, 77, 82v, 87, 90, 101, 117). 26 small miniatures, some with small initials in the upper right corner, with full foliate borders including hybrid figures for the Gospel Lessons and partial foliate borders including hybrid figures or birds for prayers and suffrages, in colours and gold (ff. 9, 10v, 12, 20, 26v, 27, 27v, 28, 28v, 29, 30, 31, 31v, 32, 32v, 33, 33v, 34, 34v, 35v, 36, 36v, 37v, 38, 38v, 39). All text pages with partial foliate borders including hybrid figures, animals, birds, etc., in colours and gold. Small initials and line fillers in gold on red or blue grounds.
Dimensions in mm 155 x 100 (75 x 45)
 
Part 2 ff. 93-100 
Title Passion of Christ
Origin France, N. E. (Dijon)
Date c. 1500 - c. 1510
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 7 framed full-page miniatures, in colours and gold (ff. 93v, 94v, 95v, 96v, 97v, 98v, 99v). Small decorated initials (2 lines) in blue on red grounds.
Dimensions in mm 155 x 100 (90 x 60)
 
Part 3 f. 23 
Title Inserted leaf with the beginning of a suffrage to Jacobus
Origin France, N. E. (Dijon)
Date c. 1520
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 full page miniature with a decorated initial including the coat of arms of Jacqueline Macheco, and full foliate borders in colours and gold (f. 23v). Text page with a partial foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 23).
Dimensions in mm 155 x 100 (85 x 50)
 
Official foliation ff. 161 (+ 2 paper and 1 unfoliated original parchment flyleaf at the beginning and 1 paper flyleaf at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Diced brown calf; gilt edges.
Provenance André Serre, of Dijon, c. 1500: his portrait at the beginning of a prayer to Andrew, with his arms, d'azur à une bande d'or chargée de trois annelets de gueules accompagnée en chef de senestre d'un croissant d'argent (f. 22v).
Jacqueline Macheco, widow of André Serre, c. 1510-1520: miniature painted into a space probably left blank in the first campaign, showing Jacqueline Macheco, as a widow, praying to her patron saint James, in company of Helena, her arms in the border, Serres/Macheco (f. 23v).
Inscription in French, erased (f. 161v).
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.
Notes We thank François Avril for the localisation, and for the identification of the heraldry in this manuscript.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III, no. 3181.


Images

Part  1   ff. 1-22v, 24-92v, 101-161v
Book of Hours, Use of Rome
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Andrew

f. 22v
Andrew
Annunciation

f. 41
Annunciation

Part  3   f. 23
Inserted leaf with the beginning of a suffrage to Jacobus
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James

f. 23v
James

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