Book of hours : Use of Noyon

Biographical and Historical Notes

Origin: Written in Northern France, possibly Amiens, in the 16th century.


Information derived from the collection.

Scope and Content Note

Book of hours, probably for the Use of Noyon.

Ms. codex.

Title from dealer’s description.

Collation: Parchment, fol. iii + 127 + ii (paper) ; 1-2² 3-4(superscript 6) 5-19(superscript 8) 20² ; some quiremarks.

Description: 130 leaves ; parchment, ill. ; 175 x 120 (95 x 60) mm. bound to 180 x 125 mm.

Layout: Written in 20 long lines; ruled in red ink with double upper horizontal bounding lines; prickings in outer margins; some vertical catchwords.

Decoration: 10 large miniatures with full borders on brown or liquid gold grounds with foliage, bird and animal motifs: fol. 14r, St. John the Evangelist writing; fol. 19r, Agony in the Garden; 33r, Annunciation; 40r, Visitation; 47r, Nativity; 50v, Annunciation to the Shepherds; 53r, Adoration of the Magi; 58v, Flight into Egypt; 66v, David in prayer; 83r, Raising of Lazarus. 6 9-16-line historiated initials with illumination, depicting the Passion; 11 3-7-line historiated initials with illumination; 1-2-, 5-, and 9-line illuminated initials. Illumination executed by two artists.

Script: Written in brown ink in two sizes of a well formed lettre bâtarde.

Binding: 19th century leather binding by Hans Asper with working metal clasp and fitted case.

Shelfmark: University of Delaware, MSS 095.031.

Contents: 1. fol. 1r: Calendar. 2. fol. 14r: Gospel sequences. 3. fol. 19r: Passion sequence. 4. fol. 27v: Obsecro te for male use. 5. fol. 30r: O intemerata. 6. fol. 33r: Hours of the Virgin. 7. fol. 66v: Penitential Psalms and Litany. 8. fol. 83r: Office of the Dead. 9. fol. 116r: Prayers to Christ. 10. fol. 117r: Prayers of Pope Leo with rubric in French. 11. fol. 119r: Prayer to the five feasts of the Virgin with rubric in French. 12. fol. 122r: Contemplations of the Virgin on the subject of the cross, with rubric in French.