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Prayer Book; illuminated manuscript on parchment with 34 large semi-grisaille miniatures and 5 small miniatures by the Master of the Grisailles Fleurdelisées; 10 large coloured miniatures by the Master of Johannes Gielemans.
THIS COLLECTION OF PRAYERS COMPILED TO SUPPORT PERSONAL DEVOTION IS PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED WITH FORTY-NINE MINIATURES OF GREAT ORIGINALITY. Illuminated manuscript on parchment in Latin (with some French), Belgium, Brussels, c. 1460 and Lille, c. 1475, 234 folios, 129 x 85 mm., lacking at least five leaves, written in a bâtarde script, 2-line gold initials, 3- to 4-line initials in blue on burnished gold grounds, each prayer begins with a decorated initial and an illuminated bracket-border with hairline tendrils, floral, leafy and fruit designs, FIVE SMALL and THIRTY-FOUR LARGE ARCH-TOPPED SEMI-GRISAILLE MINIATURES set in illuminated borders on reserved grounds with colored floral and acanthus decoration, TEN LARGE COLORED MINIATURES, all but eight with full borders. BINDING: Old red velvet (rebacked and resewn). TEXT: A highly original collection of prayers and devotions, grouped around themes including the sufferings of Christ, invocations for protection against a great variety of woes, the Virgin, and suffrages to saints. Likely compiled in Belgium, near Brussels, in an environment favorable to the spiritual and devotional movement known as the Devotio Moderna. ILLUSTRATION: Includes a very large number of miniatures, colored or semi-grisaille, by two distinct hands. The colored miniatures of the Apostles (ff. 139-151), are by the Master of Johannes Gielemans, active in Brussels and possibly also Ghent during the third and fourth quarters of the fifteenth century. All other miniatures are by The Master of the Grisailles Fleurdelisées and workshop, apparently painted later. Most have borders in keeping with those associated with the Gielemans Master but the miniature depicting a "Scribe at his desk" (f. 42) has a characteristic gold frame decorated with fleur-de-lys, the hallmark of the Master of the Grisailles Fleurdelisées, active in Lille c.1460-1480 for bibliophiles like Louis of Gruuthuse. 10 large colored miniatures of the Apostles, ff. 139, 141, 142, 142v, 145, 147, 148, 149v, 150, 151. 34 large semi-grisaille miniatures: f. 30v, Cross on an altar; f. 36, Trinity; f. 42, Scribe; f. 49v, Cross; f. 64, Pope Benedict XII; f. 65, Man praying before an image of the Trinity; f. 86, Pietà; f. 92v, John the Baptist; f. 104v, Elevation of the Host; f. 133v, Bernardino; f.134v, Michael; f. 136, Ursula and companions; f. 138v, Christ washing the feet of the Apostles; f. 153, Jerome; f.155v, Crucifixion; f. 158, Sebastian; f. 160, Erasmus; f.162v, Adrian; f. 164, Anne holding the Virgin and Child; f. 165, Anthony Abbot; f. 166, Nicholas; f. 168, Catherine; f. 170, Barbara; f. 173v, Apollonia; f. 174, Christopher; f. 189, Monstrance on an altar; f. 194, Presentation in the Temple; f. 196v, Virgin and Child; f. 198, Virgin seated with a book; Child (Jesus?) in the window; f. 199, Virgin restraining the Child; f. 203v, Virgin suckling the Child; f. 206, Virgin seated, Child standing; f. 209v, Annunciation; f. 220v, Virgin under a baldachin. Five small semi-grisaille miniatures (ff. 53, 54v, 56, 57v, 61v) of Christ holding the instruments of the Passion. PROVENANCE: Copied and painted in or around Brussels based on script and style of miniatures, with a second campaign of miniatures added a decade or so later, perhaps in Lille. Belonged to Claude de Menostey, receiver of the artillery for Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1470-1477); with a "livre de raison" recording the births in 1478 and 1480 of his children. Ex libris dated 1646 on f. 234v of a priest named Jacobus Godsteers (or Godsleers), attached to a church in Bruges. Allan Heywood Bright (1862-1941). CONDITION: Slight wear to a few miniatures (e.g. ff. 141, 155v, 168) and borders, text or initials worn on a few leaves, staining, ff.146-148, some trimmed borders, overall fine condition. Full description and photographs available (BOH 110).
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