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Abstract

This early sixteenth-century book of hours was made for the Aussem family in Cologne, Germany, a provenance proclaimed through family heraldry within the manuscript, as well as the arms of Cologne stamped on its original leather binding. Lavishly illuminated throughout with full-page miniatures and historiated initials, the manuscript is just as notable for the marginal decorations that surround the figurative scenes. Illusionistic jewelry, architecture, texts, flowers, and insects abound.

Hand note

Late textura formata with secretary form of "S"

Decoration Note

Ten full-page miniatures, one half-page miniature (8 lines), six historiated initials (7-13 lines); decorative borders, often gilded and including illusionistic depictions of jewels, flowers, and architecture, around all full-page miniatures, and match across opening where they surround historiated or decorated initials at opening of text; decorated initials of all sizes throughout (1-8 lines), usually in gold against blue, pink, or green ground; calendar undecorated except for initials; rubrics in red, text in black ink

Contributors

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Hamburger, Jeffrey

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Pizzinato, Riccardo

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

De Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935, p. 811, cat. no. 337.


The History of Bookbinding, 525-1950 A.D.: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, November 12, 1957, to January 12, 1958. Baltimore: The Walters Art Gallery, 1957, p. 64, cat. no. 150.


Jewelry, Ancient to Modern. Baltimore: Walters Art Gallery, 1980, p. 164.


Hudson, Deal W. "The Real Meaning of the Real Presence." Crisis Magazine 19 (June 2001): pp. 40-45 at p. 43 (fol. 93v).


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Keywords
Christian
German
Book of Hours
Heraldry
Miniature
Original binding
Germany
16th century
Devotion
Binding
Painting

Origin Place

Cologne, Germany

Date

Early 16th century CE

Form

book

Binding

Original Binding

Binding Description

Germany, sixteenth century; brown leather over wooden boards with stamped designs of fleurs-de-lis, rosettes, unicorns, Cologne heraldry, St. Paul under an arch; holes visible where clasps (now missing) were originally attached

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin. The secondary language of this manuscript is German, Middle High (ca.1050-1500).

Provenance

Aussem family, Cologne, early sixteenth century; indications of ownership include coat of arms

Marshall C. Lefferts collection, New York, before 1901; ex-libris on front pastedown

George H. Richmond collection, New York, acquired from Lefferts in 1901

Henry Walters, Baltimore, acquired before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

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Origin Place

Cologne, Germany

Date

Early 16th century CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin. The secondary language of this manuscript is German, Middle High (ca.1050-1500).

Provenance

Aussem family, Cologne, early sixteenth century; indications of ownership include coat of arms

Marshall C. Lefferts collection, New York, before 1901; ex-libris on front pastedown

George H. Richmond collection, New York, acquired from Lefferts in 1901

Henry Walters, Baltimore, acquired before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This early sixteenth-century book of hours was made for the Aussem family in Cologne, Germany, a provenance proclaimed through family heraldry within the manuscript, as well as the arms of Cologne stamped on its original leather binding. Lavishly illuminated throughout with full-page miniatures and historiated initials, the manuscript is just as notable for the marginal decorations that surround the figurative scenes. Illusionistic jewelry, architecture, texts, flowers, and insects abound.

Hand note

Late textura formata with secretary form of "S"

Decoration Note

Ten full-page miniatures, one half-page miniature (8 lines), six historiated initials (7-13 lines); decorative borders, often gilded and including illusionistic depictions of jewels, flowers, and architecture, around all full-page miniatures, and match across opening where they surround historiated or decorated initials at opening of text; decorated initials of all sizes throughout (1-8 lines), usually in gold against blue, pink, or green ground; calendar undecorated except for initials; rubrics in red, text in black ink

References

Contributors

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Hamburger, Jeffrey

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Pizzinato, Riccardo

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

De Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935, p. 811, cat. no. 337.


The History of Bookbinding, 525-1950 A.D.: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, November 12, 1957, to January 12, 1958. Baltimore: The Walters Art Gallery, 1957, p. 64, cat. no. 150.


Jewelry, Ancient to Modern. Baltimore: Walters Art Gallery, 1980, p. 164.


Hudson, Deal W. "The Real Meaning of the Real Presence." Crisis Magazine 19 (June 2001): pp. 40-45 at p. 43 (fol. 93v).


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
Christian
German
Book of Hours
Heraldry
Miniature
Original binding
Germany
16th century
Devotion
Binding
Painting
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