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Detailed record for Harley 2959

Title Book of Hours, Use of Rouen
Origin France, N. W. (Rouen)
Date c. 1485 - c. 1495
Language Latin and some French
Script Gothic
Artists Follower of the Master of the Echevinage de Rouen, perhaps Robert Boyvin? (see Delaunay 1995).
Decoration 4 full-page miniatures with large decorated initials and full foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 22, 39, 53, 68). 13 large decorated initials with three-sided foliate borders, in colours and gold, for minor text divisions (ff. 14, 17v, 19v, 30v, 43, 44v, 46v, 48v, 50, 64v, 66, 88v, 90v). Small initials (1-2 lines) and line-fillers in gold on red and blue grounds.
Dimensions in mm 175 x 115 (105 x 65)
Official foliation ff. 94 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather; gilt edges.
Provenance Inscriptions in French recording child birth etc., from the early to the late 16th century (ff. 1r-v, 93-94).
Inscribed, 17th? century: 'No. 13' (f. 92v).
Inscribed, 17th century: 'ex libris G. Folloppe 175' (f. 1).
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 '1 die mensis Aprilis A.D. 1725' (f. 2). 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. 2959.

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.

Isabelle Delaunay, 'Le manuscrit enluminé à Rouen au temps du cardinal Georges d'Amboise: l'oeuvre de Robert Boyvin et de Jean Serpin', Annales de Normandie, 45e année, no. 3 (1995), 211-44 (p. 230).


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Nativity

f. 39
Nativity
Funeral service

f. 68
Funeral service

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