Book of Hours

Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis


Canberra, The Australian National University Library

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 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 14

Current Condition

More about the Current Condition

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

Book Decoration and Musical Notation


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.

Other available descriptions

  • Otto F. Ege, Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts, Western Europe XII-XVI century, c1940
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  • R. Faunce, "Cataloguing and making discoverable ANU Library's small collection of detached medieval manuscript leaves", The Australian National University, 2018.
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