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Detailed record for Additional 18193

Title Book of Hours, use of Rome
Origin Spain, Catalonia
Date 2nd half of the 15th century (after 1461)
Language Latin, with rubrics in Catalan
Script Gothic
Decoration 8 full-page framed miniatures with foliate borders incorporating birds and fruit in colours with gold (ff. 20v, 41v, 48v, 56v, 86v, 135v, 139v, 143v). Large initials with decoration including flowers or strawberries, in red, blue and green on gold grounds wth full decorated borders, facing miniatures and at other major divisions (ff. 14, 21, 38, 42, 45, 49, 50, 57, 69, 119, 136, 140, 144), one with a skull (f. 87). Initials in blue with decoration in red and green on gold grounds with partial foliate borders. Initials in gold on red and blue grounds, including KL initials in the calendar. Small initials in gold with purple penwork decoration or in green or blue with red penwork decoration. Rubrics in red. Spaces for initials (ff. 152r-v).
Dimensions in mm 195 x 130 (105 x 90)
Official foliation ff. 153 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyelaves at the beginning and 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf and 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather with tooling in diagonal patterns.
Provenance Perhaps made for a woman who is shown kneeling before Mary Magdalene (f. 143v); completed after 1461:the feast of Catherine of Sienna is in the calendar.
A coat of arms, per pale barry or two gules bendy or six cotisses gules (f. 20v).
Payne and Foss, booksellers of London, their sale, 27 June 1850, lot 996; purchased by the British Museum.
Notes The calendar, rubrics and a short text at the end, Las tres veritats de Jarson (f. 145) are in Catalan.
The feast of Vincent Ferrer (canonised 1455) and Catherine of Sienna (canonised 1461) are in the calendar.
Some folios are lacking.
Unfoliated leaves following ff. 12, 49, 69, 118, 137, 151.
Select bibliography The British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts, 1848-1853 (London: British Museum, 1868), pp. 86, 87.

Pedro Bohigas, La Ilustración y la Decoratión del Libro Manuscrito en Cataluña: Período Gótico y Renacimiento, 2 vols (Barcelona: Asociación de Bibliófilos de Barcelona, 1965-1967), II, 95.

Janet Backhouse, Books of Hours (London: British Library, 1985), fig. 62.

Margaret Scott, Medieval Dress & Fashion (London: British Library, 2007), pp. 164-65, pl. 101.

Del autor al lector: el comercio y distribución del libro medieval y moderno,
ed. by Yolande San Román and Nicolas Martin ( Zaragoza: University of Zaragoza Press, 2017) p. 19.


Images
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The Nativity

f. 20v
The Nativity
The Adoration of the Magi

f. 41v
The Adoration of the Magi
The Holy Family

f. 48v
The Holy Family
 
Death of the Virgin

f. 56v
Death of the Virgin
Priest celebrating

f. 86v
Priest celebrating
The Crucifixion

f. 135v
The Crucifixion
 
The owner kneeling before Mary Magdalene

f. 143v
The owner kneeling before Mary Magdalene

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