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Bod-Inc: H-171

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


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page with colophon.] On this edition see Soleil 25-85.

a1r [Anatomical man.] Incipit: ‘Quant la lune et en aries leo et sagitarius il fait bon saigner au colerique. Feu . . .’ Soleil 28. The text is part of the woodcut.

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

a2v [Benedictio.] Incipit: ‘[B]enedictio dei patris cum angelis suis sit super me. Amen. b[B]enedictio(!) Iesu Christi cum angelis . . .’ See Adolph Franz, Benediktionen, II 608.

a3r [Calendarium.] Roman calendar.

a3r [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.

a3r [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Les six premiers ans que vit l'homme au monde | Nous comparons a Ianuier droictement'; 4 rhymed verses for each month of the calendar.

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

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

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

d2v ‘Ad matutinas de cruce.’ Incipit: ‘[D]omine labia mea aperies . . .’

d3v ‘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.

f2r [Mutationes in Officio BVM.] ‘In aduentu domini officium beate Marie dicitur modo predicto . . .’

f6r ‘Sequuntur septem psalmi penitentiales.’ Ps 6; 31; 37; 50; 101; 129; 142.

g3r ‘Letania.’ As H‑160.

g7v ‘Incipiunt vigilie mortuorum. Ad vesperas.’ Incipit: ‘Antiphona. Placebo . . .’

i2v ‘Sequuntur suffragia plurimorum sanctorum et sanctarum. Et primo de sanctissima trinitate . . .’ Incipit: ‘Antiphona. Te inuocamus, te adoramus, te laudamus . . .’

i3v ‘Oratio ad deum patrem.’ Incipit: ‘[Antiphona.] Pater de celis deus, miserere nobis. [Oratio.] [D]omine sancte pater omnipotens eterne deus qui coequalem consubstantialem . . .’ See Leroquais, Livres d'heures, I 100.

i3v ‘Oratio ad filium.’ Incipit: ‘[Antiphona.] Fili redemptor mundi deus, miserere nobis. [Oratio.] [D]omine Iesu Christe fili dei viui qui es verus et omnipotens deus . . .’ See Leroquais, Livres d'heures, I 100.

i4r ‘Oratio ad spiritum sanctum.’ Incipit: ‘[Antiphona.] Spiritussancte deus, miserere nobis. [Oratio.] [D]omine spiritussancte deus qui coequalis consubstantialis . . .’ See Leroquais, Livres d'heures, I 100.

i4v ‘De sancta facie domini.’ Incipit: ‘[S]alue sancta facie . . .’ Leroquais, Livres d'heures, II 349 no. xli.

i4v ‘De sancto sepulcro domini.’ Incipit: ‘Responsorium. Corde et animo(?) Christo canamus gloriam . . . Oratio. [O]mnipotens sempiterne deus qui angeluum tuum de celo misisti . . .’

i5v ‘Oratio deuotissima ad beatissimam virginem Mariam dei genitricem.’ Incipit: ‘[O]bsecro te . . .’ Leroquais, Livres d'heures, II 346 no. xxxviii.

i6v ‘Alia oratio deuotissima ad beatissimam virginem dei genitricem Mariam.’ Incipit: ‘[O] intemerata . . .’ Leroquais, Livres d'heures, II 336 no. xxi.

i8r ‘Deuota contemplatio beate Marie virginis iuxta crucem . . .’ Incipit: ‘[S]tabat mater dolorosa . . .’ Chevalier, Rep. hymn., 19416.

k1r [Suffragia II.] With the following variations compared with H‑151: 1-14; 16-21.

k6v [Devotae orationes.] Incipit: ‘Sensuiuent plusieurs deuotes louenges, peticions . . .’ As H‑151: 1-22.

l2r ‘Oraison en francois tresdeuote a dieu le pere.’ Incipit: ‘[M]on benoist dieu, ie croy de cueur . . .’ Leroquais, Livres d'heures, II 330 no. xiii.

l2v [Litaniae lauretanae.] ‘Oratio valde deuota ad virginem Mariam.’ Incipit: ‘[M]issus est Gabriel . . .’ Meersseman, Akathistos, II 244-7.

l5r ‘Sequitur officium de conceptione beate Marie virginis.’ Incipit: ‘[D]omine labia mea aperies . . .’

l7v [Oratio dicenda ante imaginem corporis Christi?] Incipit: ‘[C]onditor celi et terre rex regum . . .’ See Leroquais, Livres d'heures, I 75.

l8v ‘De sororibus beate Marie virginis.’ Incipit: ‘[O] nobile ternarium sanctarum sororum . . .’

A1r ‘Sensuiuent les sept pseaulmes en francoys translatez au plus pres du latin.’ Incipit: ‘[D]omine ne in furore tuo. Sire dieu 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 saint Gregoire.’ Incipit: ‘[O] domine Iesu Christe adoro te in cruce pendentem . . .’ Leroquais, Livres d'heures, II, 346 no. xxxvii.


Imprint: Paris: [Philippe Pigouchet, for] Simon Vostre, 16 Sept. 1498. 4°.


Collation: a–l A8.

Type area: Type area 132 × 80 mm, with borders 167 × 113 mm (b4r).

Illustrations: Woodcuts: anatomical man (123 × 80 mm), 21 large (122 × 79 mm), 1 medium (85 × 58 mm), 38 small (34 × 22 mm). Each textpage is within a combination of historiated borders and decorative elements such as grotesques, hunting scenes, and floral and figurative designs. Some of the woodcuts have typeset captions.


ISTC: ih00395000

Hain: CR 3099;

Goff: Goff H‑395;


Proctor: Pr 8197;

Others: Bohatta, Horae, 653; CIBN H‑242; Lacombe 66; Oates 3076-7; Sheppard 6314.

LCN: 14464864


Copy number: H-171(1)

Printed on parchment.

Binding: Sixteenth-century gold-tooled white calfskin over wooden boards. Leather ties lost. Gilt-edged leaves. Triple gilt fillets form a frame; corner-pieces of a cherub's head and outstretched wings, from which olive branches radiate; the whole decorated with gilt impressions of pinks and pansies; in the centre of the upper cover an oval Assumption of BVM, in the centre of the lower cover, the Crucifixion, each within a floral border, and each flanked by a double addorsed 'C' and an interlocked 'M', monograms of Caterina de' Medici; on the spine a cherub's head, pinks and pansies; see William Salt Brassington, Historic Bindings in the Bodleian Library (London, 1891), 34-5, pl. xvi. Shown in Bodleian exhibition, 1937-8.

Size: 230 × 149 × 30 mm.

Size of leaf: 223 × 142 mm.

On the front endleaf ‘1498'. Bookmark with typographical annotations in red ink and, on rear pastedown, a list of woodcuts in Douce's hand.

Three-line initials are supplied in blue with white decoration, on a red ground with gold decoration; other initials, paragraph marks, and line fillers are supplied in gold on a red or blue ground, with gold pen-work decoration. Capitals touched with yellow wash. Ruling in red ink.

Provenance: Possibly Catherine de Médicis, Queen Consort of Henry II, King of France, 1519-1589; see binding note above. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 137.

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