Item - Hore beate Marie virginis s[e]c[un]d[u]m usum ecclesie romane : totaliter ad longum cum multis suffragiis et orationibus.

01 - Front cover and spine 02 - Title page featuring heraldic device of the Hardouins 03 - September calendar with saints' feast days and holy days 04 - Miniature depicting Saint Mark the Evangelist with his symbol, a winged lion holding a bible 05 06 - Miniature depicting Adam and Eve being expelled from the Garden of Eden 07 08 - Miniature possibly depicting the coronation of Mary 09 - Miniature possibly depicting Saint John the Evangelist with his symbol the eagle, with a vis... 10 11 12 - Miniature depicting the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian

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Hore beate Marie virginis s[e]c[un]d[u]m usum ecclesie romane : totaliter ad longum cum multis suffragiis et orationibus.

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Translation: The hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary according to the use of the Church of Rome...

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  • [ca. 1521] (Creation)

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1 book of hours (97 leaves) : vellum, ill. (some col.) ; 18 x 12 x 4 cm

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Item is an illuminated book of hours printed in Paris at the workshop of the brothers Gilles and Germaine Hardouin, printers and illuminators who specialized in books of hours. The book is printed on octavo vellum leaves, with most of its 194 pages containing 23 lines of black letter text. Text pages are decorated with a variety of historiated and ornamental metal cut borders (depicting allegorical, biblical, or other religious scenes) and initials illuminated in gold on blue or red grounds. It also features 16 large and 13 small metal cut miniatures illuminated in gold and colours by a contemporary hand. Subjects of miniatures include: the Hardouin heraldic device, the Annunciation, expulsion from the Garden of Eden, coronation of Mary, Evangelists with their symbols, and martyrdoms of saints. The book also features a 17th century French citron morocco binding, tooled in gilt to a panel design with drawer-handle and volute tools. Text is in Latin, with a colophon at the end of the book in Middle French providing information about its printing.

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  • Latin
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  • Gothic

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Access is restricted due to fragile physical condition. Please consult archivist.

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Created May 29, 2019 by PH

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  • English

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  • Filing cabinet drawer: NA25