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Ms. Codex 1056 - Catholic Church - [Book of hours : use of Rouen]
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 1056 - Catholic Church - [Book of hours : use of Rouen]
Author:
Catholic Church.
Title:
[Book of hours [manuscript] : use of Rouen].
Origin:
[Rouen, France, ca. 1475]
Physical description:
122 leaves : parchment, ill. ; 184 x 120 (98 x 61) mm. bound to 192 x 138 mm.
Summary:
Book of hours produced in Rouen and illuminated for a local woman, including calendar, Office of the Virgin, Seven Penitential Psalms, Litany, Hours of the Cross, Hours of the Holy Spirit, Office of the Dead, and two accessory texts.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Collation: Parchment, fol. i (parchment) + 120 + i (parchment); 1¹² 2⁹ (+ 1, f. 13, before 1) 3³ 4-8⁸ 9² 10-15⁸ 16⁶.
Layout: Written in 16 long lines; frame-ruled in red ink; prickings in outer margin of some leaves.
Script: Written in a Gothic bookhand (textualis quadrata).
Decoration: 15 arched miniatures above three lines of text with three-line initials, with full borders (evangelists, f. 14r; Annunciation, with roundels of Adam and Eve with the serpent, the meeting of Mary's parents at the Golden Gate, and the marriage of Mary and Joseph, f. 25r; Visitation, f. 34r; Nativity, with roundels of shepherds with musical instruments and the Tiburtine Sibyl showing a vision of the Virgin and Child to Augustus, f. 45r; angel and shepherds, f. 49v; Magi, f. 52v; presentation in the Temple, f. 55r; flight into Egypt, f. 57v; coronation of the Virgin, f. 62v; King David and the prophet Nathan, with roundels of David and Goliath and the Last Judgment, f. 67r; Crucifixion, f. 83r; Pentecost, f. 86r; Three Living and Three Dead, with roundels of the Harrowing of Hell and a burial, f. 89r; Mary holding the crucified Christ and witnessed by John the Evangelist, women mourners mentioned in the Gospels, and a 15th-century woman representing the manuscript's owner, with a roundel of the Trinity, f. 114r; and the Trinity, f. 118r). 24 calendar miniatures in side borders alternating between labors and Bible stories (Janus feasting, f. 1r; baptism of Christ, f. 1v; man by a fireplace, f. 2r; Jonah and the whale, f. 2v; pruning vines, f. 3r; Abraham and Isaac, f. 3v; man and woman in garden, f. 4r; Noah's ark, f. 4v; man and woman on horseback, f. 5r; creation of Eve, f. 5v; haymaking, f. 6r; Job, f. 6v; reaping, f. 7r; Daniel and lions, f. 7v; threshing, f. 8r; Assumption of the Virgin, f. 8v; treading grapes, f. 9r; money changers, f. 9v; sowing, f. 10r; Pharoah and army in Red Sea, f. 10v; feeding pigs, f. 11r; St. Catherine, f. 11v; slaughtering a pig, f. 12r; baking, f. 12v). Full-page foliate and floral borders with four-line initials on burnished gold grounds for the first pages of Obsecro te and O intemerata (ff. 18v, 21). Side borders of acanthus and flower sprays, some on divided grounds of liquid gold, on all text pages. Calendar alternates between red and blue, with red-letter days in gold, typical of a Rouen calendar. Rubrics in red, text capitals touched yellow. One-line initials in gold on grounds of blue or pink patterned with white; similar line endings; two- and three-line initials blue patterned with white on burnished gold with foliate infills of orange, blue, and white.
Binding: 16th century, early; brown calf over wooden boards, blind-stamped with a panel of St. Barbara on the upper cover between the inscription Sancta Barbara/ora pro nobis and a panel of John the Baptist on the lower cover between the inscription Ung dieu sancte Johannes ung roy une foy/ora pro nobis une loy; attachments for two clasps; joints restored (Fogg).
Origin: Written and illuminated in Rouen, ca. 1475.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1056
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1056
 
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