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Manuscript Overview
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Abstract

This pocket-size Book of Hours was created ca. 1380 to commemorate the wedding of Raoul II de Raineval (d. 1392) and Isabelle de Coucy (d. 1413). Its most unique feature is the illuminated heraldic initials containing the arms of Coucy and Raineval at canonical divisions. Particularly, the combined heraldry at Matins in the Hours of the Virgin highlights their marriage. The bride is depicted in a donor portrait kneeling in front of the seated Virgin and Child in one of the prefatory miniatures (fol. 3v) with Coucy's heraldic shield. Charming drolleries appear at major text divisions.

Text Note

Use of Paris; written in French with Latin rubrics

Hand note

Textura formata

Decoration Note

Three full-page miniatures; eight heraldic initials in Hours of the Virgin (4-5 lines); one heraldic initial at the beginning of Penitential Psalms (4 lines); decorated initials at secondary text divisions (2 lines); gold versals on cusped rose and blue ground with white patterns flourish throughout (1 line); vine boarders around main text divisions, drolleries at bas-de-page, occasionally accompanied by winged dragons; line fillers with geometric motifs throughout; rubrics in red throughout; text in medium brown ink

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Han, Yuna

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Han, Yuna

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Wiegand, Kimber

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

De Ricci, Seymour, and W. J. Wilson. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935, p. 785, cat. no. 176.


Owens, M. B. "Musical Subjects in the Illumination of Books of Hours from Fifteenth-Century France and Flanders." Ph.D. diss, University of Chicago, 1987, pp. 371-372.


Sinclair, Keith Val, and Jean Sonet. Prières en ancien français: Additions et corrections aux articles 1-2374 du Répertoire de Sonet, Supplément. Townsville: James Cook University of North Queensland, 1987, p. 173.


Wieck, Roger S. "Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours". 41 No.4. The Walters Art Gallery. 04/1988:cover, 1-5, detail from fol.3v; p. 1.


Wieck, Roger S. Time Sanctified. The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. New York: George Braziller. 1988, pp. 34 and 179, cat. no. 14, fig. 6 (fol. 3v).


Randall, Lilian M. C. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery. Vol. 1. France: 875-1420. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989, pp. 194-195, cat. no. 73.


Reinburg, Virginia. French Book of Hours: Making an Archive of Prayer, c. 1400-1600. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012, p. 69, fig. 10 (fol. 3v).


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Keywords
Book of Hours
Christian
French
Grotesques
Heraldry
Miniature
France
14th century
Devotion

Origin Place

Paris

Date

Last quarter of the 14th century CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Rebound by Léon Gruel, Paris, late nineteenth or early twentieth century; red leather over possibly original wooden boards; possibly original sewing, sewn on five tawed (?) thongs; clasps are modern; fore-edge tabs contemporary with rebinding

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is French, Old (842-ca.1400). The secondary language of this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Created ca. 1380 in Paris for the marriage of Raoul II de Raineval

Léon Gruel, Paris, late nineteenth or early twentieth century; his bookplate on front pastedown, unnumbered; number '1476' found on his handwritten dealer description originally attached to front flyleaf, now in WAM file

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased from Gruel before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

<< return to search Book of Hours W.89

Origin Place

Paris

Date

Last quarter of the 14th century CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is French, Old (842-ca.1400). The secondary language of this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Created ca. 1380 in Paris for the marriage of Raoul II de Raineval

Léon Gruel, Paris, late nineteenth or early twentieth century; his bookplate on front pastedown, unnumbered; number '1476' found on his handwritten dealer description originally attached to front flyleaf, now in WAM file

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased from Gruel before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This pocket-size Book of Hours was created ca. 1380 to commemorate the wedding of Raoul II de Raineval (d. 1392) and Isabelle de Coucy (d. 1413). Its most unique feature is the illuminated heraldic initials containing the arms of Coucy and Raineval at canonical divisions. Particularly, the combined heraldry at Matins in the Hours of the Virgin highlights their marriage. The bride is depicted in a donor portrait kneeling in front of the seated Virgin and Child in one of the prefatory miniatures (fol. 3v) with Coucy's heraldic shield. Charming drolleries appear at major text divisions.

Text Note

Use of Paris; written in French with Latin rubrics

Hand note

Textura formata

Decoration Note

Three full-page miniatures; eight heraldic initials in Hours of the Virgin (4-5 lines); one heraldic initial at the beginning of Penitential Psalms (4 lines); decorated initials at secondary text divisions (2 lines); gold versals on cusped rose and blue ground with white patterns flourish throughout (1 line); vine boarders around main text divisions, drolleries at bas-de-page, occasionally accompanied by winged dragons; line fillers with geometric motifs throughout; rubrics in red throughout; text in medium brown ink

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Han, Yuna

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Han, Yuna

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Wiegand, Kimber

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

De Ricci, Seymour, and W. J. Wilson. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935, p. 785, cat. no. 176.


Owens, M. B. "Musical Subjects in the Illumination of Books of Hours from Fifteenth-Century France and Flanders." Ph.D. diss, University of Chicago, 1987, pp. 371-372.


Sinclair, Keith Val, and Jean Sonet. Prières en ancien français: Additions et corrections aux articles 1-2374 du Répertoire de Sonet, Supplément. Townsville: James Cook University of North Queensland, 1987, p. 173.


Wieck, Roger S. "Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours". 41 No.4. The Walters Art Gallery. 04/1988:cover, 1-5, detail from fol.3v; p. 1.


Wieck, Roger S. Time Sanctified. The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. New York: George Braziller. 1988, pp. 34 and 179, cat. no. 14, fig. 6 (fol. 3v).


Randall, Lilian M. C. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery. Vol. 1. France: 875-1420. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989, pp. 194-195, cat. no. 73.


Reinburg, Virginia. French Book of Hours: Making an Archive of Prayer, c. 1400-1600. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012, p. 69, fig. 10 (fol. 3v).


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Book of Hours
Christian
French
Grotesques
Heraldry
Miniature
France
14th century
Devotion
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