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Name: Horae (Use of Rome)

Repository: State Library of Victoria

Settlement: Melbourne

Associated Manuscript Items:
Horae (Use of Rome)

Library ref: *096/R66Hf, the stock no 327753

Acquisition: Acquired in 1926 from Mrs Adelaide Hackett after it had been in the library of J. T. Hackett

Binding: Old calf over oak boards; remains of gilt clasp. Covers bear three fillets forming a centre panel at whose outer corners is placed a star and inside which are stars and lozenges with a fleur-de-lis, all in blind. Spine has gilt lettering HORAE.


Collation: (6)1-2 (8)3 (6)4 (8)5-15 (6)16 (8)17-21 (7)22-23 (8)24 (7)25 (9)26 (8)27 (7)28 (8)29-32 (9)33 (7)34 (4)35. Quire 22 lacks its fourth sheet, quire 23, its fourth, quire 25, its fifth, quire 26, its last, quire 33, its first, all without loss of text. However, there are gaps in the text as a result of the removal of the sixth sheet from quire 28, and the first sheet from quire 34. Av. is blank


Condition: Edges cut, tinted russet

Deco desc: Northern French: black and red entries in the Calendar; red rubrics; small caps in gold, blue, red. Some of the loops of the caps contain pen sketches of human faces cf. 16r., 20v., 60r., etc. Most of the folios have vertical border panels (95 x 23mm.) with leaf sprays, fruit, flowers, insects, birds, grotesques and are coloured red, green, blue, brown, yellow, grey, occasionally gold. The design on the verso is often a copy of the one on the recto.[N47 For other examples of this kind of identical decoration see item nos 15, 73, 154, 220.] The folios of the Calendar also contain vignettes depicting the labours of the months. Fol.13r., 21r., 27r., 45r., 57r., 61v., 66r., 70r., 74r., 82r., 99r., 121r., 153r. have full-page borders with large coloured initials. One historiated initial (214v.) depicting Christ the Redeemer. Miniatures (75 x 55mm.) in gold, red, blue, green, black portray the owner kneeling on a hillside and praying to Christ the Redeemer (199r.), Holy Face (200v.), Crucifixion (202v.), Margaret (264v.).

Dimensions: 146 x 110 mm

Extent: ii + 265


Hand desc: French lettre bourguignonne


Layout: one col. of 17 lines

Library ref alt:

List bibl: Sotheby and Co., Catalogue of valuable printed books and a few manuscripts, also of autograph letters and historical documents . . . third day's sale, Wednesday, August 1st, 1923. The Property of J. T. Hackett Esq., London 1923, p. 85, item no.848.

Music notation:


Orig date: s. xv ex

Orig place:

Origin: Most likely St Omer, based on saints' names in the Calendar

Provenance: In the border panels of 57, 61, 74, 124, 125, 165, 174, 220 is a scroll bearing the motto DISCO PATI; Ar. in modern pencil is the note "c.1490 Hours Flemish style probably from St Omer"; Br. carries the stamp PUBLIC LIBRARY OF VICTORIA, 11 OCT. 1926 ; Bv. has stock no. "327753"; spine and inside back cover bear shelf-mark *096/R66Hf

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 210



Support: vellum, paper


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