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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Rouen, c. 1500] 195 x 130 mm. iii + 93 + iii leaves, COMPLETE: 1 6, 2 1 0, 3-6 8, 7 6, 8-11 8, 12 7(of 8, viii cancelled blank), modern pencil foliation, 22 lines in brown ink in a lettre bâtarde between two verticals and 23 horizontals ruled in dark pink, justification: 105 x 60mm, versal initials touched yellow, rubrics in pink, one-line initials in liquid gold on grounds of blue, red or brown, line-endings of the same colours, two- to four-line initials of light blue acanthus over red on liquid gold grounds with flower infills, EVERY PAGE WITH PANEL BORDER of sprays of scrolling grey or red and blue acanthus, naturalistic flowers and fruit on liquid gold grounds, TWENTY-FOUR PAIRS OF CALENDAR MINIATURES with similar three-quarter borders, FOURTEEN FULL-PAGE MINIATURES with framed with liquid gold borders incorporating single-stemmed flowers and fruit, birds and/or monsters, each with accompanying coat of arms below frames or on facing leaf (very minor pigment losses from some borders, and a smudge to Bathsheba's right breast). 19th-century light brown morocco by Joly, with panelled covers with red and green morocco onlays and ornate gold-tooling, gilt-tooled red morocco doublures, red watered silk guards, for Robert Hoe (Joly R.D. stamped on end guard), earlier fore-edge painting of flowers in gilt and colours (two fore-edges faded). Maroon and crimson morocco slipcase. PROVENANCE: 1. The feasts in the Calendar, liturgical uses of the Offices of the Virgin and of the Dead, together with the style of illumination, places the manuscript in Rouen. Two coats of arms accompany the full-page miniatures. They belong to the families of Manneville and Eudes de Catteville. There were two marriages between these families and either might have been the owner: Etienne de Manneville (1460-1508) of Dieppe took Catherine Eudes de Catteville as his second wife and his son Nicolas I de Manneville married Anne Eudes de Catteville. The woman shown kneeling before the Virgin of Humility was no doubt intended to represent the original owner. The unusual inclusion of the Christ Child carrying the cross (f.86v) may indicate that the manuscript was made for the widow Catherine Eudes de Catteville to commemorate the death of her husband in 1508. 2. Robert Hoe (1839-1909): his sale Anderson Auction Company, New York, 8 January 1912, catalogue IV, lot 2472 (his morocco bookplate pasted on verso of first flyleaf) 3. Beverly Chew (1850-1924): his sale Anderson, New York, 8 December 1924, lot 262 (his morocco bookplate pasted on verso of first flyleaf) -- and subsequently at Anderson, 15 November 1926, lot 347. 4. Frederick S. Peck (1868-?1945) (armorial bookplate pasted onto 2nd flyleaf) -- sold Parke-Bernet, 21 April 1947, lot 385. CONTENT: Calendar in French, written in red, blue, and gold ff.1-6v; Gospel Extracts ff.7-11; Obsecro te ff.11-13; O intemerata ff.13-15v; arms f.16v; Office of the Virgin, use of Rouen ff.17v-48v: matins f.17v, lauds f.24v, prime f.32v, terce f.36, sext f.38v, none f.41, vespers f.43v, compline f.46; Hours of the Cross ff.49v-51; Hours of the Holy Spirit ff.52-53v; arms f.54v; Penitential Psalms and Litany ff.55v-66v; Office of the Dead, use of Rouen ff.67v-86; Fifteen Joys of the Virgin, Doulce dame ff.87-90v; Seven Requests to our Lord Doulx dieu ff.91-93. ILLUMINATION: These miniatures are amongst the most accomplished and polished work of the Rouen illuminator Robert Boyvin. From a family with an established position within the Rouen book trade since early in the fifteenth century, Boyvin's career can be traced from 1487 until 1536. His success and standing is shown by the fact he was one of the artists that Georges d'Amboise, Cardinal Archbishop of Rouen turned to when he sought to expand his library. It is on the basis of the manuscript of Seneca's Epîtres (Paris, BnF, lat.8551) made for the Cardinal in 1503 that Boyvin's styl

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Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: The History of the Book: The Cornelius J. Hauck Collection
Auktionsdatum: 27.06.2006 - 28.06.2006
Adresse: Christie's
27-28 June 2006, New York, Rockefeller Center