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Book of Hours: MS 348

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Current Location: In storage


Book of Hours


Author: Grote, Geert




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i modern paper flyleaf + ii modern parchment flyleaves + 204 fols. + ii modern parchment flyleaves + i modern paper flyleaf , 170 x 120 (90 x 62) mm, 18 long lines, ruled in black ink, numerous leaves lost.

BINDING: Red goatskin over wooden boards, by Annie Winther, Fitzwilliam Museum, 1991; earlier, seventeenth-century binding of blind-tooled calf over pasteboards preserved with manuscripts.

CONTENTS: fol. 1r Circular diagram for finding the Sunday letter, dated 1442
fols. 2r – 13r Calendar; fols. 14r – 58v Hours of the Virgin (imperfect); fols. 59r – 76v Penitential Psalms and Litany; fols. 77r – 80r Prayer beginning imperfectly …hande ende een onbeulecte; fols. 80r – 82r Prayer Dit selmen lesen alsmen
fol. 82r Beatitude ‘Blessed are the merciful’ (in Dutch); fol. 82r Dutch proverb Denc goet sprec goet doet goet so gheschiet u goet; fols. 83r – 120r Hours of the Cross (begin imperfectly), with prayers to the Virgin after the last collect for each hour; fols. 121r – 156r Hours of the Holy Spirit (imperfect); fols. 157r – 204r Office of the Dead.

DECORATION: Four historiated initials in blue with white geometric and floral ornament on gold grounds with partial gold, blue and pink bar borders, and full acanthus and spraywork borders with human half-figures, angels, animals and birds: fol. 14r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, [H, 9 ll.] Virgin and Child standing on crescent moon; fol. 59r Penitential Psalms, [H, 9 ll.] St Veronica holding the Vernicle; fol. 121r Hours of the Holy Spirit, [H, 9 ll.] Trinity: half-length figures of Father and Son showing his wounds, surrounded by rays with dove between them; fol. 157r Office of the Dead, [M, 9 ll.] Souls in Abraham’s Bosom.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue or pink initials [5 ll.] with white floral ornament and foliate or zoomorphic infill on gold grounds, and one-sided gold, blue and pink bar borders extending into acanthus and spraywork bands in upper and lower margins; alternate blue and red penwork initials [1 – 2 ll.]; capitals highlighted in red.


History note: Bookplate with royal arms of France as used by Louis XIII and Louis XIV inside upper cover; abbot associated with the house of Thurn de Gestettenburg inscribed Sub Abbate Geroldo IIdo (armorial bookplate on recto of paper flyleaf at front); probably Rev. Mackenzie Edward Charles Walcott (1821 – 1880) (armorial bookplate of E. Walcott on verso of paper flyleaf at front); James Stewart Henderson (d.1933); his bequest, 1933.

Place(s) associated

  • Delft

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933) by Henderson, James Stewart


15th Century#
Circa 1460 CE - Circa 1480 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Page Height 170 mm Width 120 mm
Text Height 90 mm Width 62 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: sinen handen
  • Location: Fol. 15r
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 348
Primary reference Number: 169777
Project ID: 110
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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