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Book of Hours (Geert Grote translation, use of Utrecht); in Dutch, illuminated manuscript on parchment, by the Master(s) of Dirc van Delft Group

Book of Hours (Geert Grote translation, use of Utrecht); in Dutch, illuminated manuscript on parchment, by the Master(s) of Dirc van Delft Group

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Book of Hours (Geert Grote translation, use of Utrecht); in Dutch, illuminated manuscript on parchment, by the Master(s) of Dirc van Delft Group

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EARLY EXAMPLE OF A DUTCH BOOK OF HOURS WITH EXTENSIVE DECORATION. In Dutch, illuminated manuscript on parchment, Northern Netherlands (Utrecht), c. 1410-1420. Dimensions 100 x 70 mm., 131 folios, lacking 5 leaves, written in brown ink in gothic bookhand (textualis), 1-and 2-line decorated initials throughout, seven 3-line initials in burnished gold on grounds divided in pink and blue, two 7-line initials decorated with geometric pattern in white, on burnished gold grounds with bar borders in burnished gold enlivened with curling branches of flowers and leaves in burnished gold and colors. BINDING: eighteenth century brown calf, spine gold-tooled with flowers and the title "GETYDEN MANUSCRIP," modern fitted case. DECORATION: This is a remarkably early example of a Dutch Book of Hours with extensive, rich decoration related to what L. M. J. Delaissé has called "the beginnings" of Dutch manuscript illumination as represented by a small and coherent group of manuscripts associated with the Counts of Holland and their close circle. The discovery of any manuscript from the so-called Dirc van Delft Group of manuscripts merits our close attention and calls for further study. While the present manuscript lacks full-page illuminations, there is sufficient decoration to link it to this early group of extraordinary manuscripts. PROVENANCE: The style of the penwork ornamentation indicates that the book was made in Utrecht around 1410-1420, and the inclusion in the litanies of three bishops of Utrecht (St. Willibrord, St. Odulph and St. Radboud), and St. Agnes, placed first in the litany of the virgins, confirms the intended use in the diocese of Utrecht; modern booksellers' notes on the front flyleaf. CONDITION: small tear in the outer margin of f. 22 and in the lower margin of f. 93, f. 1 darkened and loose from the binding in its lower half, small loss to the decoration in the inner margin, ff. 69, 84 loose from the binding, minor stains of water damage in some of the upper margins, small stains and signs of wear, stitching of quires somewhat loosened, small marks of wear on the leather of binding, but in overall very good condition. Full description and images available. (BOH 196)

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Bookseller
Les Enluminures US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
BOH 196
Title
Book of Hours (Geert Grote translation, use of Utrecht); in Dutch, illuminated manuscript on parchment, by the Master(s) of Dirc van Delft Group
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Quantity available
1
Publisher
Northern Netherlands (Utrecht), c. 1410-1420
Keywords
Book of Hours, illuminated manuscript, prayer book, Dutch manuscript, Dutch, Northern Netherlands, Netherlands, Utrecht, 15th century, fifteenth century, Dirc Van Delft Group, Masters of the Dirc Van Delft, vernacular literature
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Les Enluminures was founded in Paris in 1991 by Dr. Sandra Hindman in association with the Chicago-based business, and it has opened a gallery in New York in May 2012. Specializing in manuscripts and miniatures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

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leaves
Very generally, "leaves" refers to the pages of a book, as in the common phrase, "loose-leaf pages." A leaf is a single sheet...[more]
Parchment
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spine
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calf
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