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ff. 1-4v 
Title Leaves from a Book of Hours, containing Gospel extracts: John 1:1-14, Matthew 2:1-12, Mark 16:14-120 and Luke 6:36-42
 
ff. 5-22v, 25r-v 
Title Leaves and bifolia of a Book of Hours, containing text from the Hours of the Virgin, use of Rome
 
ff. 23-24v 
Title Bifolium of a Book of Hours, containing the Penitential Psalms
 
Origin Italy, N. (Bologna)
Date c. 1390 - c. 1400
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Master of the Brussels Initials (active Bologna, Padua and Paris between the end of the 14th and beginning of the 15th centuries)
Decoration 4 historiated initials in colours and gold, of Evangelist portraits, with acanthus-like foliate extensions and bezants with single hair-line embellishment.
Dimensions in mm 235 x 170
Official foliation Parchment leaves and bifolia foliated '1- 25'.
Form Bound parchment leaves and bifolia.
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance The Acciuaiuoli family of Florence: probably their arms with a swan crest on f. 5, previously ascribed to the Papafava of Padua (Medica, 1999).
Thomas Hobart (d. 1728), doctor: perhaps bequeathed the book of Hours to Sir Roger Moystyn (b. 1673, d. 1739), 3rd baronet Mostyn.
The Lords Mostyn of Mostyn Hall, Mostyn, Cheshire: the book of Hours was described in Fourth Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1874), p. 350, no. 76; their sale, 13 July 1920, lot 62, bought by Goertz for £35.
Mrs Constance Goetze (d. 1951), wife of Sigismund C.H. Goetze, RA (b. 1866, d. 1939): her sale, 1 December 1942, lot 344, bought by Eisemann.
Heinrich Eisemann, twentieth-century London book-dealer.
The present leaves and bifolia purchased by the British Library at Sotheby's: 5 December 1989, lot 44.
Notes Italian cuttings.
The present leaves and bifolia originally formed part of a now dismembered Book of Hours. Currently 137 out of a recorded 145 leaves from the Hours have been located or identified. These are: British Library, Add. 52539, 69865, 79782, 79763, 82729, 88889; Los Angeles, UCLA Charles E. Young Library, Department of Special Collections, R. H. & M. A. Rouse MS 32; Sotheby's, Western Manuscripts and Miniatures, London, 18 May 1996, lot 20 (now in a private collection, Japan); Sotheby's, Western Manuscripts and Miniatures, London, 14 July 1981, lot 25 (Private Collection, Switzerland).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1986-1990 (London: British Library, 1993), p. 539.

Masimo Medica, 'Nuove tracce per l'attività padovana del Maestro delle Iniziali di Bruxelles', in Parole Dipinte: La miniatura a Padova dal Medieovo al Settecento, ed. by Giovanna Baldissin Molli, Giordana Mariani Canova and Federica Toniolo (Padua: Franco Cosimo Panini, 1999), pp. 471-79 (p. 473, fig. 5).

Massimo Medica, 'Maestro delle Iniziali di Bruxelles', in Dizionario Biografico dei Miniatori Italiani: Secoli IX-XVI, ed. by Milvia Bollati (Milan: Bonnard, 2004), pp. 565-67 (pp. 565-66).

Scot McKendrick, 'Dismembered, but not destroyed: An Early Horae from Northern Italy now partly preserved in the British Library', in Quand la peinture était dans les livres: mélanges en l'honneur de François Avril, ed. by Mara Hofmann and Caroline Zöhl (Paris: Brepols; Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2007), pp. 192-202 (pp. 196-97, 199, 200 n. 6, fig. 11).

Peter Kidd, 'UCLA Rouse MS 32: The Provenance of a Dismembered Italian Illuminated Book of Hours Illuminated by the Master of the Brussels Initials', in Medieval Manuscripts, Their Makers and Users: A Special Issue of Viator in Honor of Richard and Mary Rouse (Brepols, 2011), pp. 279-91.

Massimo Medica, 'Un Illustre Committente Fiorentino per Giovanni di Fra Silvestro: Donato Acciaiuoli', in Il codice miniato in Europa: libri per la chiesa, per la città, per la corte, ed. by Giordana Mariani Canova and Alessandra Perriccioli Saggese (Padua: Il Poligrafo, 2014), pp. 355-71.


Images

ff. 1-4v
Leaves from a Book of Hours, containing Gospel extracts: John 1:1-14, Matthew 2:1-12, Mark 16:14-120 and Luke 6:36-42
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John

f. 1v
John
Matthew

f. 2
Matthew
Mark

f. 2v
Mark
 
Luke

f. 3
Luke

ff. 5-22v, 25r-v
Leaves and bifolia of a Book of Hours, containing text from the Hours of the Virgin, use of Rome
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Detail of the Annunciation

f. 5
Detail of the Annunciation
Detail of herdaldry

f. 5
Detail of herdaldry
Annunciation

f. 5
Annunciation
 
Text page

f. 13v
Text page

ff. 23-24v
Bifolium of a Book of Hours, containing the Penitential Psalms
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David

f. 24v
David

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