Book of Hours (Use of Châlons-sur-Marne) – Fragment
Parchment · 1 leaf · 1450 – 1500 CE · northern France · 170 x 120 mm
New Haven, CT, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Shelfmark Pending
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The leaf is from a Book of Hours dismembered by Otto F. Ege for inclusion in specimen sets of medieval manuscript leaves he compiled in the 1940s under the title "Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts". It is listed as no. 48 of the fifty exemplars. It was acquired from Ege's grandchildren in 2015.
Contents: The beginning of the Litany listing the apostles, martyrs, Roman pontiffs and confessors. The leaf holding the continuation of the Litany is in the Australian National University Library. Refer to the reconstruction.
Decoration: 38 1-line initials in gold on alternating blue and pink grounds and well modelled "bois écotés" branch-like line fillers in gold. Marginal side panel in gold with flora, consisting of acanthus tendrils in blue, white or red in the centre and a carefully detailed flowers painted above and below. A strawberry plant is pictured (recto).