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Book of Hours (variant of Use of Paris, and Use of Rome)

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A Book of Hours with 203 folios and 8 leaves: ff. 1 - 12v: Calendar (added in Bologna, 2nd half 14th century) ff. 13 - 18: Calendar ff. 19 - 203v: Book of Hours (ff. 19 - 124v: Hours of the Virgin (variant of Use of Paris)) (ff. 19 - 26v: Matins) (ff. 27 - 28: Matins, cont. (Use of Rome))...

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By 1895, Mrs. Charles C. Perkins (Frances D. Bruen), (d. 1909) [see note 1]; 1909, after her death, by descent to her son Charles B. Perkins; 1922, sold by Charles B. Perkins to the MFA for $1500 [see note 2]. (Accession date: March 2, 1922) NOTES: [1] From 1895, this book was on loan from Mrs. Charles C. Perkins to the MFA until her death, and subsequently from 1909 until 1921, was on loan from her son, Charles B. Perkins. [2] MFA accession numbers 22.375-22.379 were purchased together for $1500.

Credit Line

Frank S. Adams Fund

French (Paris?); Italian (Bologna?) additions, Medieval (Gothic), probably 1275–1300 (France), with additions in 1350–1400 (Italy)

Place of Manufacture

possibly Bologna, Italy

Place of Manufacture

possibly Paris, France


Overall (page dimensions): 13.5 x 9.6 cm (5 5/16 x 3 3/4 in.) Other (Italian section; page dimensions): 7.5 x 5.5 cm (2 15/16 x 2 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera, ink, pencil (modern), and gold on parchment; bindings of pigskin over boards, with gold




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