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Bod-Inc: H-166

Horae ad usum Romanum (Rome) [French and Latin]


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r ‘Almanach pour xxi. an.' [1488-1508].

a2v [Caption to the illustration of the measurement of the wound of Christ.] Incipit: ‘Hec est mensura plage sacratissimi lateris Christi que a Constantinopoli beato Karolo imperatore allata fuit in capsa aurea ad eius ab inimicis in bello protectionem.’

a3r [Calendarium.] Roman calendar.

a3v [Verse.] Incipit: ‘In iano claris calidisque cibis potiaris | Atque decens potus post fercula sit tibi notus'; 4 hexameters for each month of the calendar. See Walther, Proverbia, 11795.

b1r [Evangelia.] Io 1, 1-14; Lc 1, 26-38; Mt 2, 1-12; Mc 16, 14-20.

b3r ‘Passio domini nostri Iesu Christi secundum Johannem.’ Io 18,1-19,42.

b7r ‘Hore intemerate virginis Marie secundum usum Romane curie incipiunt feliciter.’ Incipit: ‘[D]omine labia mea aperies . . .’

d2r ‘Ad matutinas de cruce.’ Incipit: ‘[D]omine labia mea aperies . . .’

d3r ‘Ad matutinas de sancto spiritu.’ Incipit: ‘[D]omine labia mea aperies . . .’ “Mixed” Hours: Matins of the Hours of the Cross and of the Holy Spirit are inserted immediately after Matins and Lauds of the Hours of the BVM, etc.

f4r ‘Sequuntur septem psalmi penitentiales.’ Ps 6; 31; 37; 50; 101; 129; 142.

f8v ‘Letania.’ As H‑160.

g4r ‘Sequuntur vigilie mortuorum.’ Incipit: ‘Ad vesperas antiphona. Placebo . . .’

h8r ‘Sequuntur suffragia plurimorum sanctorum et sanctarum.’ ‘Et primo de sanctissima trinitate.’ Incipit: ‘Sancta trinitas vnus deus, miserere nobis. Antiphona. Te inuocamus, te adoramus, te laudamus . . .’

i1v ‘Oratio deuotissima ad beatissimam virginem dei genitricem Mariam.’ Incipit: ‘[O]bsecro te . . .’ Leroquais, Livres d'heures, II 346 no. xxxviii.

i3r ‘Alia oratio deuotissima ad beatissimam virginem dei genitricem Mariam.’ Incipit: ‘[O] intemerata . . .’ Leroquais, Livres d'heures, II 336 no. xxi.

i4r ‘Deuota contemplatio beate Marie virginis iuxta crucem . . .’ Incipit: ‘[S]tabat mater dolorosa . . .’ Chevalier, Rep. hymn., 19416.

i5r [Suffragia II.] With the following variations compared with H‑151: 1-14; 16-21.

k2r [Devotae orationes.] Incipit: ‘Sensuiuent plusieurs deuotes louenges, petitions . . .’ As H‑151: 1-22.

k5r ‘Oraison en francois tresdeuote a dieu le pere.’ Incipit: ‘[M]on benoit dieu, ie croy de cueur . . .’ Leroquais, Livres d'heures, II 330 no. xiii.

k5v [Litaniae lauretanae.] ‘Oratio valde deuota ad virginem Mariam.’ Incipit: ‘[M]issus est Gabriel angelus . . .’ Meersseman, Akathistos, II 244-7.

k8v ‘Sequitur officium de conceptione beate Marie virginis.’ Incipit: ‘[D]omine labia mea aperies . . .’

A1r [Penitential psalms.] ‘Sensuiuent les sept pseaulmes en francois translatez au plus pres du latin.’ Incipit: ‘Domine ne in furore tuo . . . Sire en ta fureur ne me argue . . .’ Ps 6; 31; 37; 50; 101; 129; 142.

A6v ‘Oraison tresdeuote a nostre seigneur.’ Incipit: ‘[S]ire dieu createur du ciel et de la terre, roy des roys . . .’ Soleil 227-9, Sonet 1927.

A8r Gregorius(?): ‘Les sept oraisons sainct Gregoire.’ Incipit: ‘[D]omine Iesu Christe adoro te in cruce pendentem . . .’ Leroquais, Livres d'heures, II, 346 no. xxxvii.


Imprint: Paris: Philippe Pigouchet, for Simon Vostre, 9 June 1497. 4°.


Collation: a–i8 k10 A8.

Remarks: The first leaf of each gathering has the catch letter ‘R' for Rome.

Leaves: 90 leaves.

Line number: 27 lines (b1v).

Type area: Type area: 132 × 78 mm, with borders 166 × 112 mm (b1v).

Illustrations: Woodcuts: Measurement of the wound of Christ (96 × 73 mm.), 11 large (124 × 80 mm), 6 small (34 × 22 mm). Each text page is within a combination of historiated borders and decorative elements such as grotesques, hunting scenes, and floral and figurative designs.


ISTC: ih00383500

Hain: C 3115;

Proctor: not in Pr;

Others: Bohatta, Horae, 604; CIBN H‑233; not in Sheppard.

LCN: 14464885


Copy number: H-166(1)

Only a stub with the inner border remains of leaf a1; wanting d2-3, f4, f8, g1-2, and gathering A. The description of the missing leaves is based on the copy held in Modena, Biblioteca Estense, Α. Z. 2.34.

Binding: French (Paris, c.1515) calf over wooden boards, with blind-stamped panels on both covers and gilt-edged leaves. Two clasps and catches lost. Double fillets, now barely visible, form an outer frame, within which a curving tendril with foliage, quatrefoils, a bird in the upper part, and another bird and an artichoke. The inner rectangle is surrounded by the legend: ‘Credo q[uod] rede[m]p || tor meus viuit et in nouissi[m]o die || de t[er]ra surrect || urus sum Et i[n] carne mea || .' In the inner rectangle, King David kneeling with arms raised in prayer, his harp by his side on the ground; above his head on a scroll: ‘O do[min]e lib[er]a a[n]i[m]am mea[m]'. In the upper part, God is seen above the clouds; see Goldschmidt no. 77. Rebacked.

Size: 235 × 145 × 22 mm.

Size of leaf: 226 × 142 mm.

On front pastedown a sixteenth-century manuscript poem in Italian: ‘Iniustissimo amor perche si raro'; six lines of verse; see Carboni no. 8274. On k5r-v the prayer to God the Father has been carefully cancelled with brown ink, as has the caption to the illustration of the measurement of the wound of Christ on a2v. A single sheet has been inserted containing a transcription of Fairfax Murray, French Books, no. 254. Also a cutting from Sotheby's sale catalogue (4 Feb. 1914), lot 1215. On the front pastedown, a nineteenth/twentieth-century note in French listing the missing leaves. ‘F3/1199' on label on rear pastedown.

Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue, or interlocked red and blue.

Provenance: George Dunn (1865-1912); book-label. Purchased by Dunn in Sept. 1905; see his notes on the front pastedown. Ernst Philip Goldschmidt (1887-1954); green leather label and German book box with his initials. Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate. Purchased by Ehrman from E. P. Goldschmidt in 1955 for £30. 15. 0; accession no. ‘R 1334'. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 77.2.

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