Book of Hours (Use of Metz)

Office of the Dead, Lauds, Psalms 64 and 62


Amherst, MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Fifty Original Leaves of Medieval Manuscripts (Set 6), no. 28

Simmons School of Library and Information Science (Boston, Massachusetts), LIS 464 Fall 2019 observations (Not Printed)

General Information

Title: Book of Hours (Use of Metz)

Shelfmarks: Fifty Original Leaves of Medieval Manuscripts (Set 6), no. 28

Material: Parchment

Place of Origin: France (Northern)

Date of Origin: ca. 1420

Original Condition

Page Height: 150 – 160 mm

Page Width: 103 – 115 mm

Height of Written Area: at least 87 mm

Width of Written Area: at least 62 mm

Number of Columns: 1

Number of Lines: at least 15

Current Condition

Dimensions: 150 x 103 mm

More about the Current Condition:

Some leaves with white hinge tape typical of that used by Otto F. Ege.

Book Decoration


Full-length double-bar in gold and colors along left margin, with rinceaux halfways across upper and lower margin. One- to two-line initials in gold on red or blue backgrounds. Rectangular line-fillers in gold and colors.


  • Content Item
    • Text Language: Latin
    • Title: Book of Hours (Use of Metz)
    • Content Description:

      Use of Metz indicated by the antiphon and chapter reading of None for the Hours of the Virgin, and supported by the contents of the calendar page. Some features of the text are atypical, including Psalm choices and lessons.



Made in Northern France for the Use of Metz.


Purchased by Otto F. Ege in the 1930s; dismembered shortly thereafter. Leaves of this manuscript are used as no. 28 in his "Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts" portfolios.