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Book of Hours (for Female Use)

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Book of Hours with 195 folios (ff.): ff. 1 - 6v: Calendar ff. 7 - 12: Gospel readings ff. 12v - 13v: [blank] ff. 14 - 35v: Hours of the Days of the Week (ff. 14 - 17v: [Hours of the Trinity, for Sunday]) (ff. 17v - 20: [Hours of the Dead, for Monday]) (ff. 21 - 23: [Hours of the Holy Spirit,...

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Inscription

On folio 195 are two identical early inscriptons recording a death in 1480: "Gilles de Drue trespassa de che monde. Et fut le jour da la magdalaine. Dieux ayt son ame sil luy plaist. Priies dieu pour son ame Et fut le xxiie jour de juillet mil iiiic et iiiixx" ("Gilles de Drue passed from this world. And it happened on the Day of the Magdalene. May God have his soul if it pleases him. Pray to God for his soul. And it happened on the 22nd day of July, 1480"). The placename "Drue" may be the modern town of Le Dreue, located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Amiens. Said in a laid-down inscription inside upper cover to have belonged to the English nunnery of St. Ethelreda on the island of Ely, but this cannot be confirmed.

Provenance

By 1480, produced in northern France, possibly in Amiens, for a female patron [see note 1]. Possibly at nunnery of St. Ethelreda, island of Ely, England [see note 2]. By 1944, Mrs. Sumner Pingree; 1944, gift of Mrs. Sumner Pingree. (Accession date: December 14, 1944) NOTES: [1] On folio 195 are two identical early inscriptons recording a death in 1480: "Gilles de Drue trespassa de che monde. Et fut le jour da la magdalaine. Dieux ayt son ame sil luy plaist. Priies dieu pour son ame Et fut le xxiie jour de juillet mil iiiic et iiiixx" ("Gilles de Drue passed from this world. And it happened on the Day of the Magdalene. May God have his soul if it pleases him. Pray to God for his soul. And it happened on the 22nd day of July, 1480"). The placename "Drue" may be the modern town of Le Dreue, located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Amiens. [2] Noted in a laid-down inscription inside upper cover to have belonged to the English nunnery of St. Ethelreda on the island of Ely, but this cannot be confirmed.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Sumner Pingree

French (possibly Amiens), Medieval (Gothic), mid-15th century

Place of Manufacture

probably Amiens, France

Dimensions

Overall (page dimensions): 21 x 15 cm (8 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

44.862

Medium or Technique

Tempera, ink, pencil (modern), and gold on parchment; bindings of calf over boards with gilding and metal and parchment pastedowns

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts