Book of Hours (Use of Rome) – Fragment
Parchment · 1 leaf · 1405 – 1408175 CE · Paris, France · 267 x 175 mm
Dunedin, Dunedin Public Libraries Heritage Collection, RMM Fragment 17b
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Leaf from a manuscript once part of the French royal library, known as the Chester Beatty Book of Hours, after the owner who dismembered it. Acquired from English bookseller Alan G. Thomas in 1970. Catalogue 24 (1970), no. 7.
Decoration: Text framed by exquisite border decoration: enclosed on three sides by burnished gold staffs sprouting scrolling ivy vine scrolls around the margins, the leaves coloured gold, red and blue. One 2-line and seven 1-line initials, alternating red and blue on burnished gold grounds, with matching line fillers.
Text: Hours of the Virgin - Latter part of Matins in the Office of the Dead and the opening of Lauds.