Book of Hours

Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis


Canberra, The Australian National University Library

Remarks by the Editor

This description was composed by Otto Ege.

General Information

Title Book of Hours (Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis)
Shelfmarks From the collection of Otto F. Ege
Material Vellum leaf from an illuminated medieval manuscript
Place of Origin France
Date of Origin Early XVIth century
Script, Hands

Latin Text; Cursive Gothic Script


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      This beautiful manuscript leaf was written and illuminated about the year 1535 A.D. At this late date Books of Hours were also being printed in great numbers by such famous French printers as Vostre, de Colines, and Tory. These were elaborately illustrated and frequently hand-colored. The cursive gothic script used in this leaf, with its boldly accented letters and flourished initials, borrowed heavily from the decorative chancery or legal hands of the XIIIth and XIVth centuries. It influenced the type face known as civilité designed by Granjon, and first used in 1559 A.D.

Other available descriptions

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