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Name: Horae

Repository: Ballarat Art Gallery

Settlement: Ballarat

Associated Manuscript Items:

Library ref: Ms Crouch 2

Acquisition: R. A. Crouch presented the volume in 1944

Binding: 19c. dark brown pigskin over boards. Covers bear simple panel with a fleur-de-lis at each corner and centre leaf design, all gilt. Spine has a fleur-de-lis in each compartment and the lettering OFFICIUM / B.M. VIRGINIS / M.S.S. / SEC. XIV, all gilt.

Catchwords: Catchwords agree

Collation: (12)1 (10)2-19 (8)20 (10)21-24(8)25


Condition: Edges cut and gilded

Deco desc: black and red entries in the Calendar; red rubrics; caps blue, with red penwork or red, with blue penwork. Five historiated initials (from 40 x 35 to 30 x 30mm.) with full borders of floral sprays, spangles and intertwined branches, Florentine work Ð all in green, blue, red, and gold, depicting Virgin and Child (13r.), Death armed with a scythe (103r.), Christ with arms folded (163r.), David with harp (201r.), bare Cross (226v.). In the lower margin of 13r. is a blank shield supported by putti.

Dimensions: 115 x 80 mm

Extent: i-ii, iii-iv + 248, iv.-iiv., 102v., 197v.-200v., 230r.-230v., 244v.-248v., iii r.-iv v. are blank


Hand desc: Italian littera gothica textualis


Layout: one col. of 13 lines (Calendar 16)

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Orig date: s. xiv2

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Origin: The last two feasts point to Florence or its environs as the provenance of the MS

Provenance: inside front cover is an engraved buckler bearing the motto ANIMO ET FIDE and interlaced E. W. B. of a monogram. Ar. has in modern pencil ÔOfficium B.M.V. Italian MS. 15th century with five illuminated pagesÕ and ÔEx libris R. A. CrouchÕ

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 167


Signatures: quire signatures often cut off

Support: vellum,


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