Detail View: Medieval Document Collection: Book of Hours

Identifier: 
exwsms102_bk
Manuscript Identifier: 
MS 102
Title: 
Book of Hours
Alternative Title: 
MS 102
Alternative Title: 
Bible. Psalms. Latin.
Incipit: 
habitares eligere dignatus es da quaesumus ut sua
Author: 
Catholic Church
Origin Date: 
ca. 1480
Origin Location: 
Italy
Description: 
A book of devotions which includes various psalms and an illuminated initial at the begining of Psalm 70. Text includes passages from pro santis of vespers, imperfectly; Psalm 128 of compline; instructions for Sabboth from Advent through Christmas; instructions for antiphons and psalms for offices of nones, vespers, compline, and the Blessed Virgin from Advent to Pentecost; Penitential Psalms beginning in the middle of Psalm 6; Litany of Saints; Office of the Dead with abbreviated ending; and Gradual Psalms (incipits only) ending at Psalm 126.
Provenance: 
Written in Italy in the 14th century. Possibly Augustinian canon origin: Saint Augustine is singled out among the bishops and confessors as “Peter Augustine.” In the 18th century, codex belonged to Jehan de Montagu based on inscriptions on f. 54r and f. 96r. Notation in margins in pencil noting psalm chapters (modern, not vulgate). Obtained by Jean Roos from Otto F. Ege of Cleveland Ohio at an unknown date. Given to Western Michigan University by Jean Roos on 25th anniversary of the founding of WMU School of Librarianship in 1970.
Explicit: 
Nisi dominus edifica
Secundo Folio: 
nascendo formam sumpseris Maria mater gratiae
Extent: 
133 leaves
Subject: 
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)
Subject: 
Manuscripts, Medieval--Italy
Subject: 
Books of Hours--Italy--15th century
Subject: 
Catholic Church--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800
Subject: 
Textura (Gothic script)
Subject: 
Decorated initials
Subject: 
Illuminated manuscripts--Italy--15th century
Language: 
lat
Dimensions: 
104 x 100 mm (written space: 63 x 50 mm)
Material: 
parchment
Collation: 
1⁴, 2¹², 3², 4
Foliation: 
ff. 1r - 133v
Binding: 
Bound in post-medieval limp vellum. Two parchment ties on the fore edge, now broken. Collation is erratic with numberous excisions and repairs to gatherings; the manuscript may have been made up originally of odds and ends of parchment, the situation being further confused by modern rebinding, loss of leaves, and probably excisions of illuminations.
Decoration Description: 
Rubricated in red. 1-line blue and red initials throughout text. 2-line blue and red initials with occasional purple pen flourishes passim. On f. 7v, 5-line illuminated initial D in red and blue on gold and enclosing flowers and vines. Acanthus - like motif extending into the margins. Gold flaking from marginal shapes and showing cracks in the initial. Ink burn on later leaves. Text on f. 113v illegible and faded.
Description of Hands: 
1 column of 11-12 lines ruled sporadically in dry point and lead with several gatherings at the end made up of parchment ruled for another purpose. On ff. 75-82: double columns, oriented perpendicular to text. On ff. 113-114: originally ruled for two columns of text with more and narrower lines than the existing text. Text is written in gothic textualis formata. Some pricking in the outer margins only, mostly trimmed.
Additions and Marginalia: 
On f. 1r, inscription in light brown. Inscriptions referring to Jehan de Montagu, possibly a previous owner, on f. 54r, “Le Seigneur de Montagu a joute ... 20 Septembre 1781” and on f. 96r, “Jehan de Montagu, Sieur de os....” Notation in margins in pencil noting psalm chapters (modern, not vulgate). Modern pencil numbering on lower margins of each leaf recto.
Is Part Of: 
Medieval Document Collection
Is Part Of: 
Manuscript 102, Western Michigan University Special Collections
Publisher: 
Western Michigan University
Date-Issued: 
2019
Type: 
Text
Format: 
image/jp2
Is Referenced By: 
Gwara, Otto Ege’s Manuscripts, HL 279 (p. 190).
Rights: 
Copyright 2019 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, all rights reserved. The digital version is available for educational use under 'Fair Use' guidelines. For additional permission and further information contact the WMU Libraries.