Date: c. 1420-1430.
Title: [Book of Hours : use of Rennes].
Place of creation: France.
Physical description: Vellum, 70 leaves ; 22 x 16 cm.
Summary: Catholic Church Liturgy and Ritual. Hours of the Virgin Mary for the use of Rennes in Brittany. Incomplete : Penitential Psalms and Office of the Dead lacking. Contents include calendar (ff. 1-12 v.), Gospel lesson [John 1:1-13] (ff. 13 r. – 14 v.), Obsecro Te [Prayer of Indulgence to the Virgin Mary] (ff. 15 r. – 19 r.), and the Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ff. 20 r. ff.). The script is common in French provincial scriptoria in the 2nd quarter of the 15th century and is no indication of either date or location. Not in the Di Ricci/Wilson catalogue. Formerly identified as “Italian Missal” (cf. bookseller’s description pasted inside front cover). A full scan of the manuscript is available online through the Brandeis Special Collections website, http://lts.brandeis.edu/research/archives-speccoll/exhibits/bookofhours/index.html. See also the transcription available at http://www.chd.dk/gui/Brandeis_gui.html.
Note: Written in a single conservative gothic hand (littera textualis) ; text in a single column of 15 lines ; writing block 8 x 10 cm. ; rubricated in pale red. Ten full-page miniatures (The Virgin Mary enthroned with the Child (f. 15 r.) ; Annunciation (f. 20 r.) ; The Kiss of Judas (f. 39 v.) ; Christ before Annas (f. 41 r.) ; Christ before Caiphas (f. 42 r.) ; Flagellation of Christ (f. 48 r.) ; Carrying of the Cross (f. 52 v.) ; Crucifixion (f. 56 v.) ; Descent from the Cross (f. 61 r.) ; Entombment of Christ (f. 65 r.)) with full borders of acanthus leaves in pink, red, blue, and green, flecked with flowers in color and gold ; gold foliate initials on red, blue, and pink grounds ; line fillers. Colors of royal blue, pale blue, red, pink, rose, mauve, green, yellow, and gray. Bound in original blind-tooled gilt Grolier full leather over wooden boards ; bookseller’s description pasted inside front cover ; leaf count excludes front free endpaper ; housed in protective library buckram case. Unknown provenance. Gift of Philip D. Sang.
Former Call #: Ms. 1
Call #: Manus 1