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Havens hours, use uncertain, 1425 - 1475

Identifier: MS 30


This manuscript contains a Book of Hours written about 1450 in Northern France.

Table of contents: Hours of the Virgin, use uncertain; Office of the Cross begins imperfectly in hymn for Matins; Office of the Holy Spirit begins imperfectly in hymn for Matins; Obsecro te, begins imperfectly; Gospel of John (1.1-14) followed by prayer; Penitential Psalms begin imperfectly in first Psalm; Litany of the Saints; Office of the Dead beginning at the second Nocturn.


  • Creation: 1425 - 1475


1 volumes

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Written in Northern France about 1450. Early provenance unknown. Ownership note on f. iv: "Abbé [Dourout]/ Curé deVer et/ [Lugne]. Bookplate of Edward H. Williams.

Other related names

  1. Williams, Edward H. , former owner
  2. Havens, Dr. and Mrs. W. Paul, donors

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to Bryn Mawr College by Dr. and Mrs. W. Paul Havens in 1981

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Physical Description

Binding restored by J. MacDonald Co., Norwalk, Conn. All full-page miniatures missing; for each section, text breaks off or begins imperfectly

Parchment support. f. ii (paper) + ii (parchment, ii=original pastedown) + 93 + ii (parchment, ii=original pastedown) + ii (paper).

Eighteenth-century gold-tooled tan calf. Both front and back covers detached from spine, which has almost disintegrated.

i+93+i; 204 x 146 mm bound to 212 x 157 mm

Single column, fourteen lines, ruled in red ink, single vertical bounding lines, full across; written area: 100 x 73 mm

Gothic--textualis semi-quadrata script

Although the text is badly mutilated, the remaining decoration is of a very high quality. Each leaf is illuminated with side border in outer margin; the verso a mirror image of the recto. The border is a black penwork tracery of leaves and flowers, the leaves gold, the flowers red or blue with white. Superimposed on this is a single, more naturalistic spray of acanthus leaves, flowers, or fruit. These sprays are subtly colored with pink, lavender, light green, light blue and highlighted with both gold and silver leaf, the gold traced with either red or black, the silver with black. 2- and 1-line initials and line-fillers are gold on maroon or pink and blue ground with white penwork; both the initial and the ground are outlined in black. In a few cases, both the initials themselves and the ground are extended dramatically into either the top or the bottom margin following an exaggerated letter-shape (i.e., f. 19r, 23v, 24r, 29v, 53r). Rubrication in gold throughout.

Modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.

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