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LUL MS.F.2.8: Book of Hours (use of Chartres), in Latin. France. Late 15th century.

Detail of MS.F.2.8: Book of Hours

Physical description: On parchment. ii + 142 + iii  leaves, 168 x 120 mm. Ruling in red.

Contents: Calendar in French.

Decoration: Calendar in red and black, with blue initials. 29 pictures (described in Sampson catalogue) of which 14 have continuous borders; 15 have borders on three sides; others in outer margin, of framed flowers and fruit. Initials: blue on grounds of gold and red; gold on grounds of red and blue patterned in white; capitals of text filled with yellow. Line fillers red and blue, patterned in white with gold.

Binding: Conserved by Ian Maver (2002 citation below) and rebound in tawed pigskin; 18th century red morocco binding now kept in separate box.

Provenance 1700-1799: 18th century inscription on f.1v.

Provenance 1800-1875: Aldenham Abbey bookplate.

Provenance 1875-1875: Aldenham Abbey : lot 89 in 17 June 1875 sale of William Stuart of Aldenham Abbey (1798-1874).

Provenance 1900-1900: Thomas Glazebrook Rylands bequest: (1900).  Rylands catalogue, page 12.

Published citations and unpublished notes: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).


  • Medieval Manuscripts on Merseyside,1993. University Art Gallery, Liverpool and Courtauld Institute Galleries, London. Item 12.


Detail from MS F.2.8 Book of Hours Use of Chartres
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