MS 3 French Book of Hours Leaf containing psalms 23 and 24

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Title

MS 3 French Book of Hours Leaf containing psalms 23 and 24

Subject

Books of hours.

Illumination of books and manuscripts --Specimens.
Illumination of books and manuscripts --15th century

Description

Books of Hours, or Horæ in Latin were often lavishly decorated books of prayers, rites for canonical hours of the day, and readings from the Bible developed during the 1300s and based on longer ecclesiastical texts of devotions performed during the eight canonical hours. They are usually small as to be portable, and mostly in Latin. They were produced in many diocese, often with the characteristics of that diocese’ liturgical style.

Marymount University's Gomatos Collection contains a single leaf of vellum from France, produced around 1460. The double-sided leaf is brightly colored in blues, greens, yellow, and red with gold illuminated lettering. The body of the text is ink brown ink and written in lettre batarde script. Lettre batarde was a common French script of the period, which is a combination of formal “black letter” and less formal cursive script. Decorations include a notable winged insect, perhaps a dragonfly, on the borders of each page as well as various plants and flowers. The text is from Psalms 23 and 24.

First line, side 1: Dominus regit me et ni\hil mihi deerit in loco\pakue ibi me collacavit
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

Last line, side 2: Reminiscere miserationus\tuarum Domine et miseriuavm\tuarum quae a saeculo sunt.
“O Lord, remember your compassion and your mercies, which are from ages past”

Beal, Peter. "book of hours." A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000. : Oxford University Press, 2008. Oxford Reference. 2011. <http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780199576128.001.0001/acref-9780199576128-e-0106>.


Barbour, Ruth, and others. “Calligraphy.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 10 Nov. 2017,
https://www.britannica.com/art/calligraphy/Latin-alphabet-handwriting#ref512983

Source

Psalms 23 and 24

Publisher

France

Date

1460

Contributor

Anaba, Phinehas
Burke, Meghan

Rights

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Format

1 leaf : vellum
Colored illustrations
17 x 12 cm

Language

Latin

Type

Text
Image

Identifier

https://catalog.wrlc.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=17692037

Files

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Citation

“MS 3 French Book of Hours Leaf containing psalms 23 and 24,” Gomatos Reading Room, accessed May 27, 2018, http://gomatos.wrlc.org/items/show/40.