Book of Hours, Use of Rome, Latin. Southern Netherlands (perhaps Ghent or Bruges), mid-fifteenth century

Book of Hours, Use of Rome, Latin. Southern Netherlands (perhaps Ghent or Bruges), mid-fifteenth century
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Southern Netherlands (perhaps Ghent or Bruges), mid-fifteenth century.
185 leaves. 95 by 71mm. Single column, 14 lines, ruled in red ink, written space 57 by 40mm; Small gothic liturgical hand.

Binding: Late eighteenth-century blind-stamped calf, title gilt, brown silk marker, edges gilt and gauffered.
Decoration: Rubrics in red, capitals marked in yellow, verse initials throughout alternately blue or burnished gold with penwork in red or black, 2-line initials in burnished gold on red and blue grounds with white tracery. Thirteen large initials with full borders, the 4-line initials (one 5-line) in leafy designs in colours and burnished gold supporting 3-sided bar baguettes with full borders of coloured flowers and acanthus leaves in-filled with tiny gold bezants on black hairline sprays.
Provenance: Inscription on the verso of the final leaf ‘Marci de pietz de pisanno, 1451’ may suggest that it was bought by a Pisan merchant in the Netherlands. Ownership inscription of Alexander Boswell (1706–82), judge and eighth Laird of Auchinleck, Scotland, appears on the recto of the front free endpaper: ‘Alex’r Boswel Bruxelles 1729’. Auchinleck House passed to James Boswell (1740–1795) upon his father’s death and his own ascent to the lairdship in 1782, and then to James’s son, Sir Alexander Boswell (1775–1822). The contents of the house were moved to Malahide Castle, near Dublin, seat of the fifth Baron Talbot, whom Sir Alexander’s daughter Emily (d. 1898) had married. Three years after the seventh Baron’s death in 1973, Malahide Castle was sold. The illuminated manuscripts were sold separately to a collector and friend of the Talbots, whose family consigned the manuscripts to auction. Purchased from Sotheby’s, 7 July 2009, lot 47.
Reference: Reed Early Bibles no. 20.
Shelfmark: RMM MS 12.

Image: The close of Lauds in the Office of the Dead and Pisan ownership inscription.