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Ms. Codex 738 - Catholic Church - [Book of hours]
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Author:
Catholic Church.
Title:
[Book of hours] [manuscript].
Origin:
[Netherlands, 14--]
Physical description:
158 leaves : parchment, col. ill. ; 158 x 107 (95 x 61) mm. bound to 164 x 106 mm.
Language(s):
Dutch.
Summary:
Flemish hours of the Virgin Mary, with calendar of Utrecht, translation of Geert Groote.
Provenance:
Formerly owned by James Laurie; Paul-Louis Feiss (bookplates, inside upper cover).
Sold at auction at Parke-Bernet Galleries, 15 Dec. 1953 (catalog 1487), lot 390.
Acquired through Lathrop C. Harper, 1956.
Related names:
Groote, Gerard, 1340-1384, translator.
Feiss, Paul Louis, b. 1875, former owner.
Laurie, James, former owner.
Subject:
Brantzum family Genealogy.
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Flemish - Specimens.
Form / Genre:
Books of hours.
Devotional calendars.
Codices.
Illuminations.
Manuscripts, Dutch - 15th century.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Foliation: Parchment, iii (paper) + 158 + i (parchment); [1-159]; modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto.
Layout: Written in 20 long lines.
Script: Written in a Gothic book hand with notes in a later hand on the last folio and the back endleaf.
Decoration: Rubrics in red, alternating red and blue capitals, illuminated historiated initials with illuminated borders of Madonna and Child (f. 13r), Gregorian Man of Sorrows (f. 47r), Christ in the attitude of Benediction (f. 75r), Pentecost (f. 95r), The Last Judgment (f. 111r), and Hell's Mouth (f. 127r); one initial appears to be unfinished (f. 69r). Water damage to a number of illuminations and borders.
Binding: Contemporary blind stamped goatskin over wooden boards, lower cover detached, upper cover nearly detached.
Origin: Written in the northeast Netherlands (dialect), 15th century (Webber).
Incipit: Hier begint onser wrouwen ghetide (f. 13r).
Notes in a later hand (to 1684) on final 2 leaves comprise a family history of the Brantzum family of Friesland. A transcription of this chronicle of the Brantzum family and corrections to the description of the ms. by Philip E. Webber have been made by Lydia Wierda and shelved with the manuscript.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 48 (Ms. Flemish 1).
Full description by Webber, Philip E. "Medieval Netherlandic Manuscripts in Greater Philadelphia Libraries," in Archives et Bibliothèques de Belgique 47, no. 3-4 (1976), pp. 477-479. A copy is shelved with the manuscript.
Daly, Charlotte Sharpe, "A Netherlandish Manuscript Page at Florida State," Athanor V (Florida State University) 1986, pp. 11-17, includes a reproduction of one leaf from Ms. Codex 738. A copy is shelved with the manuscript.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 738
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 738

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Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Collection: Penn Collection
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: Yes
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: Dutch
Century: 15th century
Date: 1400
Genre: Books of hours
Genre: Codices
Genre: Devotional calendars
Genre: Illuminations
Genre: Manuscripts, Dutch - 15th century
Subject: Brantzum family
Subject: Illumination of books and manuscripts, Flemish
Author: Catholic Church
Related names: Feiss, Paul Louis, b. 1875, former owner
Related names: Groote, Gerard, 1340-1384, translator
Related names: Laurie, James, former owner
Page material: Parchment