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Book of Hours – Fragment

Parchment · 1 leaf · 1400 – 1425 CE · France · 185 x 130 (90 x 64)


New Haven, CT, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Fifty Original Leaves of Medieval Manuscripts (Set 3), no. 45
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Ege, Otto F. (Fragmentator)

"Domine labia mea apries.../... Ave maria gracia plena dominus tecum"; opening verses for Matins of the Hours of the Virgin.

Written in NW France (likely for the Use of Arras or Paris) in the early 15th century. Possibly identical with the Book of Hours sold at Sotheby's London on 20 December 1948, lot 415. "The Property of a Gentleman." Dismembered by Otto or Louise Ege in the late 1940s, leaves used as no. 45 in Ege's "Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts" portfolios, of which 40 were produced and 31 are known. 

Record by Diana Myers