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Book of Hours (use of Amiens)

Reference code
Book of Hours (use of Amiens)
c. 1440
Level of description
Extent and format
Vellum; ff. ii + 139 (stub before fol. 107).
Leather binding, brown, gilt-tooled spine. Modern green slipcase.
Scope and content
Book of Hours (use of Amiens). Written in France.

Contents:- Calendar, fols. 1-12v; sequence of gospels, fols. 13-16v; Hours of the BVM lacking the opening (Matins has nine lessons), fols. 17-57v; Seven Penitential Psalms, fols. 58-66v; Litany and prayers, fols. 66v-70; Office of the Dead, fols. 70v-101v; O intemerata, Salve regina, etc., fols. 101v-3v; Hours of the Cross, fols. 104-6v; Hours of the Holy Spirit, fols. 107-18v; memoriae of the BVM, the five wounds of Christ, saints, prayers, etc., rubrics and some texts in French, including (fols. 136-7v) 'Dame resplendissant', fols. 118v-37v; Five Joys of the BVM, prayers, fols. 137v-9. Three large miniatures, with full borders, remain:- David, fol. 58; Raising of Lazarus, fol. 70v; Crucifixion, fol. 104; two miniatures missing before fols. 17, 107. Partial borders, small initials and decorated line endings throughout.

The MS is one of a group of Hours made in Amiens (inf. Gregory Clark, 1984). See Ker, MMBL, I (1969), 299-300; Susie Nash, 'Manuscript Illumination in Amiens c. 1400-1470' (PhD thesis, University of Reading, 1994), no. 15; S. Nash, Between France and Flanders (1999)
Previous reference number(s)
Archival history
Acquired by Smart Lethieullier, FSA (d. 1760) in Paris, 1740 (signature, fol. ii); his sale, 23 Feb. 1761 included Books of Hours (lots 1010-15). Bookplate of the Rev. Charles Lyttelton, PSA, fol. i.