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LUL MS.F.2.7: Book of Hours (use of Paris), in Latin and French. France. Early 15th century.

Detail of  MS.F.2.7: Book of HoursPhysical description: On parchment. 150  leaves. 185 x 130 mm. Imperfect.

Contents: Many leaves removed, and initials cut out of others. Calendar in French. Written for the use of a woman (ff.123-124; 145-150).

Decoration: Calendar in gold, red, and blue. Initials: pink or blue, patterned in white on gold with ivy leaf decoration and foliage sprays into margin; gold on colours; line fillers in red and blue patterned in white, with gold decoration; text capitals filled in yellow. Borders: gold and blue bar in outer margin with leafy sprays and occasional dragons.

Binding: Conservation work by Ian Maver (2002 citation below); 19th century binding of full leather in mock medieval style by Woolstencroft of Warrington (same binder as Rylands MS.F.4.7).

Provenance 1500-1600: 16th century inscription 'Carmeli Sedanen'  (Gâtinais, France?) f.1.

Provenance 1600-1700: 17th century (?) inscription '...tionis Jaliensis'(?)  f.1.

Provenance 1845-1900: bookplate of W. Harry Rylands (1847-1922).

Provenance 1900-1900: Thomas Glazebrook Rylands (1838-1900); bequest (1900): Rylands catalogue, pages 7-8.

Published citations and unpublished notes:

2002: Lien Gyles & Ian Maver (2002), 'Conserving eleven late mediæval manuscripts for Liverpool University', Studies in Conservation, 47:sup5, 88-91. doi: 10.1179/sic.2002.47.s3.018.

Published descriptions

  • 1900: John Sampson, A catalogue of the books ... bequeathed by the late Thomas Glazebrook Rylands ... to the Library of University College Liverpool (Liverpool: University Press, 1900).
  • 1983: N. R. Ker, Medieval manuscripts in British libraries (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983).


Microfilm copy available for consultation.

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