Book of Hours

Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis


Canberra, The Australian National University Library

Maggs Bros., European Miniatures and Illumination & Calligraphy also early writing from Egypt. Bulletin No. 11. London (November 1982) , 29

Remarks by the Editor:

This is the description provided in the Maggs sales catalogue. The fragment is listed no. 93 and illustrated (plate XXXI). It is marked as sold, suggesting that the sale was negotiated immediately prior to the printing, too late to drop it from the catalogue.

General Information

Title: Illuminated vellum leaf from a Book of Hours.

Date of Origin: c. 1520-30

Persons (scribes, annotators): French Illuminator

Script, Hands:

Written in a flourished cursive script (precursor of the civilite types introduced by Granjon in 1559)

Original Condition

Number of Lines: at least 14

Current Condition

More about the Current Condition:

A most attractive and unusual leaf, in beautiful condition with wide margins.

Book Decoration


With two 2-line and sixteen 1-line initials in burnished gold on parti-grounds of blue and red, white tracery decoration; also thirteen line-fillers in a matching style. One floral side-border with two acanthus curls, in matt gold and colours.



Collection of Otto F. Ege, no. 50.