Book of hours : use of Rome.

Catholic Church [Browse]
Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[Germany] : [producer not identified], [between 1400-1600]
1 volume (i, 277, i leaves) : parchment, illustrations ; 110 x 80 mm


Former owner
  • Script: Textualis rotunda.
  • Decoration: Italian Gothic; at least 6 decorated or illuminated leaves at the beginnings of texts have been removed. Remaining decoration includes only six 3- to 4-line rose colored initials with deep blue, green, and orange decoration square gold grounds for the “Little Hours” and Compline in the Hours of the Virgin and the opening of the Mass to the Virgin (fols. 54r, 62v, 71r, 79r, 99r, 210r). Psalms, collects, lessons, and chapters open with 2-line red initials with lavender penwork or blue initials with red penwork decoration extending into the margins. Minor texts and psalm verses open with alternating blue or red 1-line initials.
Binding note
Italy, 19th century. Brown goatskin over poplar boards (6 mm thick); sewn on two cords; stuck-on top endbands, the lower one lost; marbled paper pastedowns; edges gilt and possibly gauffered.
Princeton MS. 121 is of unknown early and intermediate provenance. The saints listed in the calendar suggest an origin in northeastern Italy, possibly in the Veneto or near Aquileia. Unidentified dealer's marks in pencil include a price code “ide” and “277 Leaves” and a partial collation on fol. i verso, and on the back flyleaf recto “172 [ ], No. 83/W,” and the calligraphic letters HH in brown ink. In 1978, Rev. Francis Sydney Bancroft, Jr. (1905-1989), Class of 1927, donated the manuscript to the Princeton University Library.
Source acquisition
Gift; Francis Sydney Bancroft Jr., 1978.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, pages 351-352.
Cite as
Princeton MS. 121, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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