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Book of Hours, Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum.

Northern France, [c.1420-50]
Northern France, [c.1420-50]

Housed within its own unique black Solander box with a gilt title in rule to spine. The Solander box is named after the Swedish botanist Daniel Solander (1733-82) who is credited with the construction of a box capable of storing valuable material whilst he was working as 'Keeper of Printed Books' at the British Museum. A Solander is used mostly in libraries and places storing archive material including maps, prints and manuscripts. 103 leaves (wanting at least 7 others, probably bearing miniatures, from the Hours of the Virgin and elsewhere), 2 surviving miniatures with illuminated borders, 4 further pages with illuminated borders, 4-, 2- and 1-line initials in burnished gold or colours, text mainly in Latin with some prayers in Flemish, leaves at front (calendar) and rear corroded with some loss, some damp staining and browning, one or two old repairs, ink stamp of the Abbé Haffreingue and inscription 'Alberto Ruskin Cook fratri amato D.D. frater amantissimus Arthurus Bernard Cook A.S. MCMXXXVII', contemporary blindstamped calf, each cover with two arched compartments with the figures of John the Baptist and Michael the Archangel, later brass strips with bosses to head and foot of both covers, two clasps, rebacked, 172 x 115mm., Northern France, [c.1420-50] This Book of Hours contains a complete calendar in Flemish including several saints associated with Northern France (St Aldgonde 30 January), St Vedast or Vaast (6 February), St Walric ( 1 April), St Omer (9 September, in red) and St Loy (1 December). The two remaining miniatures depict The Good Shepherd and St Christopher (each c.58 x 66 mm.). Following the Hours of the Virgin are several prayers in Flemish in a distinct but contemporary hand. The first leaf bears the nineteenth-century stamp of the Abbé Haffreingue, who supervised the rebuilding of the basilica of Notre Dame at Boulogne sur Mer (Pas de Calais). Several early pages damaged.