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Book of Hours, Use of Reims (Complete Manuscript)
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Book of Hours, Use of Reims (Complete Manuscript) - Front cover. 1400-1499. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 30, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/reims/item/437/show/21.

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(1400-1499). Book of Hours, Use of Reims (Complete Manuscript) - Front cover. Book of Hours, Use of Reims. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/reims/item/437/show/21

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Title Book of Hours, Use of Reims (Complete Manuscript)
Scribe (Local)
  • Paulinus de Sorcy
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • France
Place of Creation (Local)
  • Northern France
Date 1400-1499
Description COLLATION: parchment, ff. i, ii (paper), iii, iv + 198 + v, vi (paper); ff. i, ii, iii, iv + 25 gatherings of 8 leaves (ff.1-194, f. 1 is inserted and pasted to f.8 with a stub, ) + 1 gathering of 4 leaves. Horizontal catchwords on the verso of the last folio of every quire. On f.118v is present a misplaced catchword, two leaves before the last. LAYOUT: 1 column (full page), frame ruled in lead (86 mm. x 51 mm.). Leroy 02D1, written in 15 lines below top line. The Calendar pages are ruled differently from the text, to accommodate numbers and letters (94mm. x 58 mm.). Leroy 43C1, written in 16 lines below top line. SCRIPT: French Gothic “textura”, by the hand of Paulinus the Sorcy, who claims the paternity of the book on the colophon note on f.15r. The first leaf of the Calendar, f.1r e v, is by a different hand, a little closer to a ‘batarde’ script. Even the decorated abbreviation KL displays a K which has a different shape from those present on the following pages. This leaf is inserted as a “cancellans” and attached to the eighth leaf of the quire with a visible stub, so probably is from another source. The “Hail Holy Queen” prayer of f.194r lacks of the initial (which was supposed to be decorated) and is written by a third hand, more angular, with a clearer ink. DECORATION: Calendar pages present the abbreviation KL in gold leaf, inscribed in brown and blue ground. The dominical letter A alternates in gold and blue. Ornate pages: ff.17r, 27r, 39r, 44v, 48v, 52v, 57r, 64r, 69r, 105r, 115v, 130v, 174v. The decorations also include secondary gold initials, 4 / 2-line, on brownish and blue ground. Tertiary initials (litterae florissae), alternating gold and blue. Rubrications. Guide titles on the Calendar pages and on some sections throughout the text, in cursive script. BINDING: early 20th century binding. Dark brown leather over pasteboards. Full gilt with internal tools. The pattern is basically geometric, filled with tooled floral elements. Full gilt spine,with corner and center tools. On the second compartment of the spine is gilt: “Horae Diurnae”. Pastedowns in Dutch marble. Bound by J. Bold & Sons, Bristol, England (as by indication on the bottom margin of the top flyleaf). Gilt edges with diapered pattern.
Donor The Rockwell Fund, in memory of James Rockwell
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Books of hours
  • Catholic Church--Prayers and devotions
  • Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
  • Marginal illustrations
  • Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint
  • Jesus Christ
  • Dragons
  • Musicians
Subject.Topical (TGM-1)
  • Madonnas
Genre (AAT)
  • manuscripts (document genre)
Language Old French; Latin
Physical Description 198 leaves; i, ii, (modern paper), iii, iv, 1-198, v, vi (modern paper), (blank ff.iii, iv, 195v-198), parchment.
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
  • Image
Format (IMT)
  • image/jpeg
Original Item Extent 140mm. x 100 mm., bound to 151mm. x 110 mm.
Original Item Location BX2080 .A2 1400z
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b2958304~S11
Digital Collection Book of Hours, Use of Reims
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/reims
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Provenance The scribe gives his name: Paulinus de Sorcy, on colophon note on f.15 r. On the inside of the front board is pasted a printed armorial bookplate. It represents the crest of the Beard family (see Burke, B., The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, 1842, 4th reprint 1969, p.61): “On a chapeau gules, turned up ermine, a tiger couchant”. In a circle / belt around the crest runs the motto “Virtus semper viridis”. Underneath the name “Joseph Beard, Alderley”. Burke locates this family in Sussex (Aberton and Cowfold). On the top flyleaf is a comment note in English, not signed: “At the foot of page 5 of the prayers (after the Kalendar) is found the name of the writer Paulinus de Sorcy, whose writing seems to have been better than his Latin imposition”. On some blank pages are handwritten dedication notes, in French, undated. On f.iii r, in French, 19th century handwriting: “Madame […..] A P[….]e”. On f.iv r, in French, 18 century handwriting: “a Joan Garlie Chirurgie”. On f.195 v, in French, by an uncertain hand, 19th century handwriting: (partially trimmed) “Monsieur [.]eu, Moreau che Mademoiselle Caton sa soeur le Binson comme”.
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