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Name: Horae (Use of Paris)

Repository: State Library of Victoria

Settlement: Melbourne

Associated Manuscript Items:
Horae (Use of Paris)

Library ref: *096/R66Ho


Binding: 19c. light brown calf over boards by J. W. Zaehnsdorf; covers bear centre panel in blind in which is a circle with a leaf design in gilt; spine has six fleurons gilt


Collation: (6)1 (8)2-9 (4)10 (10)11 (6)12 (10)13 (6)14 (10)15 (9)16 Cv., Dr.-Ev. are blank


Condition: Edges cut and gilded

Deco desc: French style: black and red entries in the Calendar; red rubrics; small and large caps, fill-ins are blue and gold or red and gold. Small miniatures (35 x 35mm.) in gold, green, blue, red with white and black for light effects, portraying Luke (8r.), Matthew (9r.), Mark (10v.), Virgin and Child (18v.), Pietˆ (21v.), Michael (118v.), John Baptist (119v.), John the Evangelist (120r.), Peter and Paul (120v.), James (121r.) Sebastian (121v.), Nicholas (122v.), Anne (123r.), Mary Magdalene (123v.), Catherine (124r.), Margaret (124cr.), Genevieve (125r.). Large miniatures by two artists. The first employs a frame 80 x 55 or 75 x 55mm. with arched top, marble pillars, plinth, colouring bright red, blue, purple, green, gold, white, flesh tints. His pictures are of John the Evangelist (7r.), Betrayal (11v.), Annunciation (23v.), Visitation (39v.), Crucifixion (46v.), Pentecost (47v.), Nativity (48v.), Shepherds (53v.), Magi (57v.), Presentation (61v.), Flight (65v.), Coronation of Virgin (71r.), David with harp (76r.), Trinity (118r.). The second painter, responsible for Job (88r.), used a frame 86 x 60mm. with gold pilasters and complete cornice.

Dimensions: 145 x 90 mm

Extent: vi + 125

Foliation: Foliation on 7-125 by modern pencil in arabic numerals

Hand desc: French littera hybrida


Layout: one col. of 20 lines (Calendar 33)

Library ref alt:

List bibl: The miniature of the Magi (57v.) was reproduced as the coloured frontispiece of The Public Library of Victoria 1856-1956, Melbourne 1956.

Music notation:


Orig date: s.xv ex

Orig place:

Origin: Perhaps Chartres based on names in the Litany

Provenance: 1r. has the illegible signature of a former owner; inside front cover is armorial book-plate with legend "Ex Bibliotheca Nicolai Joseph Foucault [French administrator (1643-1721), intendant of Montauban, Bearn, and Poitou] comitis consistoriani"; Ar. has the ex-libris of C. W. Loscombe; Av. book-plate of Alfred Trapnell and no."2118"; Br. with ex-libris of Public Library of Victoria; 125v. and Bv. have the stamp PUBLIC LIBRARY OF VICTORIA; inside front cover the stock no. "356603"; Cr. in modern pencil "c.1490 Hours Roman use, Parisian work, Zaehnsdorf binding"; Fr. has "2118"; Fv. in modern pencil "P.Lar/-/-, 1/6/29, I. 31/5/29"; spine and inside back cover is the shelf-mark *096/R66Ho.

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 212



Support: vellum


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