27th Sep, 2023 10:00

The Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey

  Lot 12

Book of Hours, Illuminated manuscript on vellum, [France: Rouen, c. 1480]

Sold for £34,000


Book of Hours, Use of Rouen, in Latin and French. Illuminated manuscript on vellum, [France: Rouen, c. 1480], ii + 160 + iii leaves, COMPLETE, collation: 112; 2–38, 42; 5–108, 114; 12–138, 144; 158; 16–218; tissue interleaves face the large miniatures; ff. 30r–v and 160v ruled, otherwise blank; ruled in red ink for 14 lines per page (16 in the calendar), the ruled space c. 90 × 60 mm, written in a fine gothic textura script, the calendar with major feasts in burnished gold, the others alternately red or blue, EVERY TEXT PAGE ILLUMINATED WITH AT LEAST ONE PANEL BORDER of semi-naturalistic flowers and plants on a gold ground, and blue and gold stylised acanthus on a plain parchment ground; the calendar with 24 SMALL SQUARE MINIATURES SET INTO PANEL BORDERS; the major divisions of the text marked by TWELVE LARGE MINIATURES above three or four lines of text and surrounded by full borders, SOME CONTAINING SUBSIDIARY MINIATURES, some containing animals, birds, or fantastic hybrid figures; TWO HISTORIATED INITIALS; a few prayers with 4-line initials; hundreds of two-line illuminated foliate initials, one-line initials, and line-fillers throughout; with a few minor blemishes (e.g. slight pigment loss in the lower right corner of the miniature on f. 31r, and slight water-staining in the lower left corner) but generally in fine, clean condition throughout, with ample margins, marbled endpapers, burgundy morocco gilt bookplate of W. A. Foyle, Beeleigh Abbey, all edges gilt, sewn on five bands and bound in 18th-century French red diced calf over pasteboards, the covers framed with gilt ornament, the spine gilt and with title ‘L’Office de l’eglise’ in capitals, upper cover stained, the upper fore-edge turn-in lifting, 8vo (180 x 128 mm)

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  1. The style of illumination and liturgical Use point to Rouen as the place of production; the sparse calendar includes St Romanus in gold (23 October), as well as St Evodius (8 October) and Mellonus (22 October), all three were bishops of Rouen; Romanus and Mellonus also appear in the Litany. Prayers are written for the use of a female supplicant, and a conventional portrait of the original owner appears in the final miniature.
  2. An erased 17th(?)-century ownership(?) note begins ‘Mon dieu qui …’ (f. 2r, lower margin); the same owner may have been responsible for lightly disguising the nudity that occurs in some marginal scenes: Aquarius (f. 1v), Gemini (f. 5v) and Bathsheba (f. 83r).
  3. ‘From Robinsons, 25/8/49’ (in pencil, front flyleaf), presumably referring to W. H. Robinson, of Pall Mall.
  4. W. A. Foyle, Beeleigh Abbey (bookplate).

Calendar, in French (f. 1r); Gospel extracts (f. 13r); prayers ‘Obsecro te’ and ‘O intemerata’, using feminine forms (f. 20v); Hours of the Virgin (f. 31r), Lauds followed by suffrages to the Holy Spirit, Nicholas, and Katherine; Seven Penitential Psalms (f. 83r) followed (f. 98r) by a Litany of saints (Clement, Fabian, and Sebastian, at the bottom of f. 100r, are mistakenly repeated at the top of the verso); Hours of the Cross (f. 105) and of the Spirit (f. 109r); Office of the Dead (f. 113r); ‘Les quinze joies nostre dame’ (f. 151r) and ‘Les sept requestes’ of the Lord (f. 157r), both in French.

(ff. 1r–12v) The calendar has Occupations of the months on rectos, and zodiac signs on versos:
January: Feasting; Aquarius
February: Warming at a hearth; Pisces
March: Pollarding; Aries
April: Half-length man in a garden; Taurus
May: Man and woman on horseback, hawking; Gemini: a naked man and woman embracing
June: Scything; Cancer
July: Reaping; Leo
August: Threshing; Virgo
September: Treading grapes; Libra
October: Sowing seed; Scorpio
November: Knocking acorns from trees to feed pigs; Sagittarius
December: Killing a pig; Capricorn

The major texts are each introduced by a large miniature, including the individual Hours of the Virgin, except Vespers and Compline which have historiated initials:

1. (f. 13r) The Four Evangelists, in a four-part miniature characteristic of Rouen
2. (f. 31r) The Annunciation, surrounded by a border composed of nine smaller compartments: three with angels, the other six with scenes from the life of the Virgin: Gabriel appearing to Joachim; Meeting at the Golden Gate; Nativity of the Virgin; Presentation of the Virgin; Virgin at the Loom; and Marriage of the Virgin to Joseph
3. (f. 44v) The Visitation
4. (f. 59r) The Nativity
5. (f. 65v) The Annunciation to the Shepherds
6. (f. 69v) The Adoration of the Magi
7. (f. 73r) The Presentation in the Temple; the infant has his arms outspread, visually prefiguring his Crucifixion
8. (f. 76v) The Flight into Egypt (historiated initial)
9. (f. 78r) The Coronation of the Virgin (historiated initial)
10. (f. 83r) King David in Penitence; the border with smaller miniatures depicting David and Goliath, and David Spying on Bathsheba
11. (f. 105r) The Crucifixion; the border with smaller miniatures depicting the Flagellation, and Christ carrying the Cross
12. (f. 109r) Pentecost
13. (f. 113r) A Funeral Service; the border with smaller miniatures depicting Death in the form of a cadaver killing a man, and a priest officiating at a burial
14. (f. 151r) The Virgin and Child enthroned, adored by an angel and a female patron

The style is typical of Rouen illumination in the late 15th century; characteristic features are the profuse use of gold highlights on draperies and hillsides, often cross-hatched; cross-hatching of grassy areas in landscapes; a palette predominantly based on pink, blue, brown and green, and the use of grey for the modelling of facial features, men having rather swarthy flesh, and women very pale skin; the rather peremptory manner of painting hands; the grey-blue acanthus on flat gold backgrounds for borders.

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Auction: The Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey, 27th Sep, 2023

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