Book of Hours, use of Tournai

between 1500 and 1525
Physical Description:
ff. ii + 201 + ii : parchment ; 185 x 120 mm.
Manuscript on parchment. Collation impossible due to the tight binding. The full-page pictures are executed on the verso of inserted singletons, the recto of which is blank. Many blank parchment leaves inserted in modern times (they are included in the foliation). Copied by one Northern scribe writing Southern Textualis Formata (Rotunda) with some Humanistic features (Capital A, straight d alternating with Gothic d).
In Latin with some Dutch headings.
The Calendar points to the diocese of Tournai and probably to Bruges, although important saints venerated in that city are missing (Basilius, Donatian), while Bavo (Ghent) is prominent. Text and headings contain numerous errors and the illumination is of strikingly uneven quality.
Headings in red. Lavish decoration in Ghent-Bruges style. Rectangular line-fillers in red, blue, green and gold. Trompe-l'oeil initials (1 line, 2 lines, 3 lines (rarely), 5 lines) consist of twisted branches in mat gold projecting shadow on a square background in red, blue or green. Full-page miniatures are painted on the verso of inserted singletons and are framed by four-margin borders which have their counterpart on the facing text page. Text miniatures (height: 7-8 lines) are painted in regular quires and are accompanied by four-margins, mostly floral borders.
Binding: Partly original binding in blind-tooled brown calf by the Bruges binder Ludovicus Bloc (1484-1529). The original binding is inset in brown morocco by F. Bedford (?) On each cover a panel with eight animals in tendrils, surrounded by the inscription in Roman Capitals Ob laudem Christi librum hunc recte ligavi Ludovicus Bloc, is stamped four times; between the upper and the lower panel imprints is a five-compartment frieze containing animals. On the modern blind-tooled spine gold-tooled modern inscriptions HORAE / B.V.M. / TORNACENSIS and MS./ BRUGES / C. 1520. Gilt and gauffered edges. White parchment endleaves.
Cite as: Book of Hours, Use of Tournai. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Blanks not digitized. ff. 1v-3v, 16v, 19v, 47v, 131v, 196r-201v lined only, not digitized.
Books of hours--16th century
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Connecticut -- New Haven
Catholic Church
Dutch; Flemish
Decorated initials
Illuminated manuscripts
Manuscripts, Medieval
Miniatures (Illuminations)
Mixed Material
Content Type:
Archives or Manuscripts
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Call Number:
Beinecke MS 663
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Yale Collection:
Beinecke Library
Digital Collection:
General Collection, BRBL, Yale University
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Extent of digitization:
Complete work digitized.

Number of Pages: 334
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