Book of Hours (Use of Paris)

The Fifteen Joys of Mary (13th-15th)


Greensboro, NC, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, f Z6605.L3 E44

Simmons School of Library and Information Science (Boston, Massachusetts) LIS 464 (Fall 2017) observations (Not Printed)

Original Condition

Page Height: 180 – 185 mm

Page Width: 125 – 130 mm

Height of Written Area: 90 mm

Width of Written Area: 60 mm

Number of Columns: 1

Number of Lines: 14

Book Decoration


The borders of the recto and verso contain illuminated rinceaux on three sides superimposed over eachother. Both also contain a small illuminated initial "A" in Ave, followed in the next line by a larger illuminated initial "Et". On the recto additional rinceaux sprout from the initials.  Incomplete lines contain a bar design. The skin side is visibly on the recto, the hair the verso.



Offered by Bernard Quaritch cat. 240 (1905), no. 230 and cat. 290 (1910), no. 253; Sold by Quaritch to C. L. Ricketts in 1922; C. L. Ricketts, in S. de Ricci, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada I:634, no. 116; Sold by Parke-Bernet Galleries, 23 February 1939, lot 217;Dismembered by Otto Ege or an associate;
Leaves used as No. 30 in Ege’s “Fifty Original Leaves of Medieval Manuscripts” portfolio;
Aquired by the University of North Carolina Greensboro at an unknown date


  • de Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. New York: American Council of Learned Societies, 1935-1937, I:634, no. 116