Book of Hours

A Book of Hours contains prayers, readings and psalms. The word "hours" refers to 'The Hours of the Virgin'. These prayers were to be recited (or sung) daily at eight set 'hours' in the day to Mary, the Mother of God, as an intercessor between man and God.

The origin of a "Book of Hours" is the Psalter, the Book of Psalms.

The word "hour" refers to canonical hours or the Breviary,

prayers that were prayed or sung at intervals of three hours each day beginning at 6 a.m. with "Prim", at 9 a.m."Terz", then, at noon, "Sext" , then at 3. p.m. "Non", then at 6 p.m. "Vesper" and finally at 9 p.m. "Complet". Originally there were also prayers at midnight "Matutin" and at 3 a.m. "Laudes". Those two night prayers were later prayed together at 3 a.m.

Here are pages of such a "Book of Hours", done on parchment In the tradition of Northern France and Flanders. This Book of Hours was written ca. 1500. Every page is a unique page.

The manuscript is in brown and red ink. The initial letter of each psalm verse is illuminated with color and real gold. On each of these pages there are several illuminated initials. In order to to identify them we name the pages after the adorned large Initial. In all Books of Hours there are common and habitual abbreviations used,so that not every Latin word is spelled out completely.

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Reverse side;

Initial "B": Beatus, qui intelligit super egenum, & pauperem…

English translation: Blessed is he who shows understanding for the needy and the poor

On this page are also smaller initials. There are also illuminated initials on the reverse side of the manuscript

Manuscript is in very good condition.

Page size: 19,5 x 13,5 cm (ca. 7.7 x 5.3")

$ 220.00

Order Nr. ILLUMINATEDMANUSCRIPT101

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Reverse side:

Initial "L": Lauda anima mea Dominum: laudabo Dominum in vita mea :

Englisch Translation: Preise the Lord, o my soul…

On this page are also smaller initials. There are also illuminated initials on the reverse side of the manuscript

Manuscript is in very good condition.

Page size: 19,5 x 13,5 cm (ca. 7.7 x 5.3")

$ 220.00

Order Nr. ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT92

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Reverse:

 

Initial "P": Parce mihi, Domine, nihil enim sunt dies mei...

English: Spare me, Lord, for my days are as nothing

Deutsch: Verschone mich, Herr, denn meine Tage zählen nichts.

On this page are also smaller initials. There is also one illuminated initial on the reverse side of the manuscript

Manuscript is in very good condition.

Page size: 19,5 x 13,5 cm (ca. 7.7 x 5.3")

$ 220.00

Order Nr. ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT100

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Reverse:

 

Initial "S": Spiritus meus attenuabitur; dies mei breviabuntur…

English: My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished...

Deutsch: Mein Geist ist gebrochen, meine Tage sind ausgelöscht…

On this page are also smaller initials.

Manuscript is in very good condition.

Page size: 19,5 x 13,5 cm (ca. 7.7 x 5.3")

$ 220.00

Order Nr. ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT82


Illuminated Manuscript - Antiphonary - the capital letter "I" (Initial)

Ornamental Initial " I ":

Reverse:

Ornamental Initial " I ":

Individual sheet from a liturgical manuscript - antiphonary - on parchment.

Bologna, 1320-40

Writing in red and sepia brown / black

Music notation in brown / black sepia

Leaf of a large choir book with a magnificent "I"-initialmarking the beginning of the Introitus of St. John Apostle. The ornate, tall initial "I" sits on a blue field with white tracery. The center of the initial is decorated entwining ribbons also adorned with white tracery. The leaf gold applied to the initial emphasizes its high value.

Verso two smaller initials "B" and "E", adorned with pen work in their centers and along their outlines, initiate new verses. Four-line staff as red lines with music notation in neumes script.

Condition:

Parchment shows traces of age and use. The real gold slightly rubbed as it touched opposite book page as the pages were turned while the book was used. Smudging in lower corner from turning pages. Missing upper left corner was replaced expertly with parchment. Considering age of ca. 700 years condition is very good.

Sheet size 53,3 x 37,3 cm (ca. 21 x 14.7")

$ 2800.00

Order Nr. ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT251836


 

Individual pages from a daily missal (Roman rites)

Published ca 1450.

Reverse side:

On parchment

Origin: France

Christian prayer, the Incipit (beginning) of the oration during mass on Easter Sunday

Book size: Duodez -

Page size: ca. 12 x 9 cm (ca. 4.7 x 3.5")

This page's prayer begins with the hymn "Pascha nostrum…" which is used in the Easter liturgy (Roman rites)

We have chosen one prayer on the reverse side for translation:

Deus, qui hodierna die, per Unigenitum tuum, æternitatis nobis aditum, evicta morte, reserasti, da nobis, quæsumus, ut, qui resurrectionis dominicæ sollemnia colimus, per innovationem tui Spiritus in lumine vitæ resurgamus.

English translation:

Lord, you have unlocked today the gate of eternity by your only begotten Son's defeat of death; we entreat you, that the prayer which you have put into our hearts may be brought to fruition by your continual help. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

German text translation as published in the official German missal

Allmächtiger, ewiger Gott, am heutigen Tag hast Du durch Deinen Sohn den Tod besiegt und uns den Zugang zum ewigen Leben erschlossen. Darum begehen wir in Freude das Fest seiner Auferstehung. Schaffe uns neu durch Deinen Geist, damit auch wir auferstehen und im Licht des Lebens wandeln.

This text sample is just one part of this page's prayers. It is followed by the

"Kyrie eleison" - Lord have mercy, the formal invocation prayed even today unchanged in the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Anglican Church

We have here hand-written text in sepia color (sepia color was obtained from the fluid of the octopus). The introduction to the prayers always are held in red ink. The initial letter of each prayer is illuminated with blue color and heightened with real gold.

Illuminated large initials

Front side: P(ascha without gold) - D(eus) - K(trie eleison)

Reverse side: D(eus) and again D(eus)

$150.00

Order Nr. ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT168

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Reverse side:

Individual page from a daily missal (Roman rites)

On parchment

Origin: France

Book size: Duodez -

Page size: ca. 12 x 9 cm (ca. 4.7 x 3.5")

We have chosen the important translation of the Consecration of the bread. It is indeed the most important part in the Catholic mass!

Initial "D" illuminated:

Latin text. Dominus lauda in qua nocte tradebatur, accepit panem et gratias agens fregit et dixit: accipite et manducate, hoc est corpus meum

English: The Lord Jesus on the night before he was betrayed, took bread, and, giving thanks, broke it and said: Take and eat, this is my body which is handed over for you

Deutsch: Der Herr Jesus nahm in der Nacht, in der er verraten wurde, Brot brach es dankend und sagte: Dies ist mein Leib, der für Euch hingegeben wird

Illuminated large initials:

Front page : "S"acerdos - "D"ominus -

Reverse side: "P"ante lingua gloriosi

$150.00

Order Nr. ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT 183

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Reverse side:

Individual page from a daily missal (Roman rites). All Saints Litany

On parchment

Origin: France

Book size: Duodez -

Page size: ca. 12 x 9 cm (ca. 4.7 x 3.5")

We have here one page of a breviary (or Divine Office) with the "All Saints Litany"

(Lauretanian Litany, or, in Latin: Litania de Beata Maria Virgine)

It is prayed or sung at the beginning of the Holy Mass with the "Kyrie eleison".

After the "Salvator mundi adiuva nos" follows the invocation of the Virgin Mary: Sancta Dei Genetrix…) and the invocation of saints: Saints, Maria, Gabriel, Raphael, Cherubim, Seraphin, John the baptist, Peter, Paul, Andrew, Jacob, John, the evangelist, Thomas, etc. etc.

Each invocation begins with an illuminated "S", whilst every invocation is answered "Ora pro nobis" (Pray for us).

A very ornate page with that many illuminated initials.

$ 280.00

Order Nr. ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT172


Illuminated Manuscript - the capital letter "S" (Initial)

Reverse side:

Large - Initial "S"

Individual sheet from a liturgical manuscript - antiphonary - on parchment.

Bologna, 1320-40

Writing in red and sepia brown / black

Music notation neumes script with brown / black sepia

Sheet size 53,3 x 37,3 cm (ca. 21 x 14.7")

Leaf of a large choir book with a magnificent "S"-initial marking the beginning of the Introitus of St. Paul Apostle. The ornate, tall initial ends in curved foliage at two of the corners. The "S" sits on a blue field with white tracery. The center of the initial is decorated with intricately curving stems ending in foliage. The decorative "S" is very ornate with its real gold applications.

Verso two smaller initials "D" and "Q", adorned with pen work in their centers and along their outlines, initiate new verses. Four-line staff as red lines with music notation in neumes script.

Condition:

Parchment shows traces of age and use. The real gold slightly rubbed as it touched opposite book page as the pages were turned while the book was used. Smudging in lower corner from turning pages. Missing upper left corner was replaced expertly with parchment. Considering age of ca. 700 years condition is very good.

$ 2800.00

Order Nr. ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT251842


Illuminated Manuscripts

From a „calendarium" (calender). Part of a „Book of Hours" Ad beatam virginem Mariam.

Manuscript on vellum. Rouen, Northern France. Ca. 1450/ 80.

These pages are typical of Northern France and/or Flanders. The days gilded Some Saints in blue color , some in red color, some in leaf gold. On the sides decorative flower bodure typical for this area.

The velims are well preserved and show, as usual, some use, especially in the corner from turning the pages. These pages were scanned on both sides.

Page size 15 x 10.5 cm (5.9 x 4.1")

The month of September with traces of use. Among the Saints mentioned: St. Gilles - St. Antoine - St. Godegran - St. Marcel - St. Victor - St. Cleuthere - St. Madou - St.Gorgon - St. Nemesien - St. Maurille- St. Nicomede -St. Eufernie - St.Lambert - St. Feronel - St. Ligne -St. Matthieu (Mathew), St. Tecle, St. Felix, St.Fremin, St. Cyprien, St. Coline, St. Machiel

$ 450.00

Order Nr. ILLUMINATED0041

 

The month of February with traces of use:

Among the Saints mentioned: St. Brigide, St. Blaise, St. Mertin, St. Agathe, St. Amant, St. Helene, St. Aubert, St. Scolace (Scholastica), St. Didier, St. Eulalie, St. Julian, St. Donata, St. Eleuthere, St. Front, St. Pierre (Peter), St.Mathias, St. Paulin, St. Romain

$ 450.00

Order Nr. ILLUMINATED0042

The month of November with traces of use

Among the Saints mentioned: St. Marcel, St. Hubert, St. Lienard, St. Martin, St. Leo (Pope Leo I. 440 -461), St. Brice, St. Emond, St. Aignan, St. Elizabeth, St. Valerie, St. Columbain, St. Grisogono, St. Catherine, St. Vidal.

$ 450.00

Order Nr. ILLUMINATED0043

 

 

Illuminated Manuscript - the capital letter "E" (Initial)

Reverse side:

Individual sheet from a liturgical manuscript - antiphonary - on parchment.

Bologna, 1320-40

Writing in red and sepia brown / black

Music notation neumes script with brown / black sepia

Leaf of a large choir book with a magnificent "E"-initial marking the beginning of the Introitus (Ecce advenit dominator Dominus et regnum in manu eius et potestas et imperium). The ornate, tall initial ends in curved foliage below and outside the actual initial. The "E" sits on a blue field with white tracery. The center of the initial is decorated with intricately curving stems ending in foliage. The decorative "E" is very ornate with its real gold applications and white tracery in the beige of the actual letter.

There is a smaller initial "D" on the front page and, verso, also two smaller initials "O" and "S", adorned with pen work in their centers and along their outlines, initiate new verses. Four-line staff as red lines with music notation in neumes script.

Condition:

Parchment shows traces of age and use. The real gold slightly rubbed as it touched opposite book page as the pages were turned while the book was used. Smudging in lower corner from turning pages. Missing upper left corner was replaced expertly with parchment. Considering age of ca. 700 years condition is very good.

Sheet size 53,3 x 37,3 cm (ca. 21 x 14.7")

$ 2800.00

Order Nr. ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT251843


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