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Horae. Book of Hours (use of Utrecht)

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Horae. Book of Hours (use of Utrecht)
15th - 17th century
Level of description
Extent and format
Paper; ff. iv + 206. Duodecimo. Original leather, brown, blind-tooled, with brass clasps (broken). Belonged to the Augustinian canonesses of the Jerusalem convent at Venray in Limburg, Holland ('Dit boeck hoert toe de armen sustern van venray te ihrm', fols. iii, 189v). Circular bookstamp of Arthur Ashpitel, fol. iii verso.
Scope and content
15th century with later additions, 16th-17th century (fols. 189v-206v). Latin. Written in the Netherlands. Contents:- Graded calendar, including St Lambert, 18 Sept., with octave, St Thomas of Canterbury, 29 Dec., fols. 3-14v (further details in Ker, MMBL, I (1969), 311);- Hours of BVM and Little Hours of the Cross, etc., fols. 15-71;- offices or suffrages from the Proper of the Saints and Proper of the Time, fols. 72-133v;- Office of the Dead, with a series of nine 'Lecciones minores', fols. 134-62v;- Seven Penitential Psalms and Litany, fols. 163-82v;- Rosary and Pater Nosters, with rubric (fol. 189) relating to an indulgence granted by Sixtus IV, fols. 182v-9;- later additions: prayers, fols. 1-2v, 71v;- prayers to SS Elizabeth, Katherine and Barbara, fols. 189v-91;- antiphons, etc., at Magnificat and Benedictus on various Feasts, fols. 191v-8;- antiphons, etc., for Passion Sunday and other offices, fols. 199-206v. Initials in blue or red, some with penwork decoration, e.g. fols. 80v, 134, 163.
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