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MS. Lat. liturg. f. 3

Summary Catalogue no.: 29742

The Hours of Anne of Bohemia

'The Hours of Anne of Bohemia'; Flanders, 1380 × 94

Contents

Book of Hours, Use of Rome.
Language(s): Dutch and Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 124 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 150 × 110 mm.
Dimensions (written): 95 × 65 mm.

Layout

1 col., 13 lines.

Decoration

Fine miniatures, borders, initials. Miniature on fol. 118 by a more advanced hand. On fol. 65v fake of 19th century. (P&A i. 299, pl. XXIV)

Illuminated miniatures, borders with coats of arms, initials, coloured initials, rubrics.

Binding

19th century binding of green velvet.

History

Origin: 1380 × 1394 (c. 1380-1 (?)) ; Flemish

Provenance and Acquisition

Arms including England, Bohemia, and the Emperors of the Romans point to the book's having been made for Anne of Bohemia, wife of Richard II. She is shown uncrowned on fol. 118, perhaps indicating that the book was made before her marriage in January 1382. After marriage negotiations began in 1380 the marriage treaty was concluded in Flanders and Anne stayed in Bruges for some time before reaching England twoards the end of 1381. The outside dates are 1380 and 1394, the year of Anne's death.

Bought at the William Brice sale, 26 July 1887, lot. 133, for £31 10s.

Record Sources

Summary description (2018) adapted from Watson, Pächt and Alexander (see bibliography), and the Summary Catalogue (1905).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (28 images from 35mm slides)

Bibliography