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Ms. Codex 1566 - Catholic Church - [Book of hours : use of Metz]
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Catholic Church.
[Book of hours [manuscript] : use of Metz].
[Metz, France, between 1375 and 1399]
Physical description:
180 leaves : parchment, col. ill. ; 105 x 71 (67 x 40) mm. bound to 114 x 85 mm.
Latin, with calendar in French (f. 1r-12v).
Book of hours, use of Metz, with a calendar, the Hours of the Virgin, the Penitential Psalms and Litany, and the Office of the Dead. The calendar includes Saint Arnulf (11 October) and Saint Clement (23 November), both bishops of Metz, and the opening miniature of the Hours of the Virgin, showing Mary nursing Jesus (f. 13r), is particularly associated with Metz.
1. f.1r-12v: [Calendar]
2. f.13r-29r: [Matins]
3. f.29v-45v: [Lauds]
4. f.46r-54r: [Prime]
5. f.54v-59v: [Terce]
6. f.60r-64v: [Sext]
7. f.65r-70r: [None]
8. f.70v-80v: [Vespers]
9. f.81r-88r: [Compline]
10. f.89r-107r: [Penitential Psalms]
11. f.107r-112v: Letanie.
12. f.113r-179v: [Officium pro defunctis]
Formerly owned by Achille Ratti (later Pope Pius XI); given to him by Pietro Larghi, heir of Ambrogio Roveda, 23 Apr. 1913 (inscription on verso of front endleaf).
Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 15 June 1959, lot 150, to Maggs Bros. (London); appears in Maggs cat. 866 (1959), no. 66.
Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 11 Dec. 1979, lot 65, to an unidentified owner who held it until 2010.
Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 6 Jul. 2010, lot 37.
Related names:
Pius XI, Pope, 1857-1939, former owner.
Catholic Church - Prayers and devotions.
Illumination of books and manuscripts - Specimens.
Form / Genre:
Books of hours.
Devotional calendars.
Illuminated manuscripts.
Manuscripts, Latin - 14th century.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Collation: Parchment, i (paper) + 180 + i (paper); 1¹² 2-5⁸ 6⁶ 7-10⁸ 11⁶ 12-15⁸ 16¹⁰ 17-18⁸ 19⁸ 20⁸(?) 21¹⁰ 22⁸; [1-180], modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto.
Layout: Written in 12 long lines; frame-ruled in faint ink.
Script: Written in a late Gothic book script.
Decoration: 10 half-page miniatures (Virgin and Child, nursing, f. 13r; arrest of Christ, f. 29v; Christ before Caiaphas, f. 46r; scourging of Christ, f. 54v; Christ carrying the Cross, f. 60r; Crucifixion, f. 65r; descent from the Cross, f. 70v; entombment of Christ, f. 81r; Christ in majesty, f. 89r; funeral scene with priests and monks, f. 113r) with 4- or 5-line initials and branching foliate borders with ivy leaves; 2- and 3-line initials in color on cusped gold grounds with colored ivy stems forming partial text borders; 1-line initials in gold on pink and blue grounds with white penwork; entries in calendar in red and blue; rubrics in pale red ink.
Binding: Modern red velvet over pasteboards with metal clasp.
Origin: Probably written in Metz in the late 14th century.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1566
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1566

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Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: Yes
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: Latin
Century: 14th century
Date: 1375
Genre: Books of hours
Genre: Codices
Genre: Devotional calendars
Genre: Illuminated manuscripts
Genre: Manuscripts, Latin - 14th century
Subject: Catholic Church
Subject: Illumination of books and manuscripts
Subject: Prayers and devotions
Author: Catholic Church
Related names: Pius XI, Pope, 1857-1939, former owner
Page material: Parchment