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Beinecke MS 106 France, s. XV^^3/4
Hours, use of Paris
1. f. 1r-v Office of the Dead, use of Paris. Antiphona. Placebo.
Psalmus. Dilexi quoniam exaudiet dominus...Conuertere anima mea in
requi// [continues in art. 10]
2. ff. 2r-13v Full calendar, in French. At the end of each month, a
note of how many hours in the day and night, in the form la nuit
[Roman numeral] hore le iour [Roman numeral]. The calendar corresponds
closely to that in Perdrizet.
3. ff. 14r-19r Sequences of the Gospels. Two rubrics are incorrect:
that for Matthew (f. 16v) is incomplete, that for Mark (f. 18r) reads
4. ff. 19r-22v Prayer to the Virgin. Oratio Obsecro te...[masculine
forms; Leroquais, LH 2. 346-47].
5. ff.22v-25r Prayer to the Virgin. Oratio ad beatam mariam
uirginem. O intemerata...[Wilmart 488-90].
6. ff. 25r-80v Hours of the Virgin, use of Paris. Incipiunt hore
beate marie uirginis. [f. 25v blank] //mis iubilemus ei. Aue maria.
Quoniam deus magnus dominus et rex magnus...ut beati iohannis apostoli
tui et euuangeliste illuminata doctrinis ad dona perueniat sempiterna.
Due to the presence of Psalms 24, 123, and 124 in both Sext and
Vespers, the scribe, although he had just finished copying them for
Vespers, thought that he was in Sext and thus "returned" to that point
in Sext in his copying; all the material from the antiphon "Post
partum" on f. 65r up to the beginning of the psalm "In conuertendo" on
f. 72v is a duplication of what had already been done on ff. 57v-65r.
7. ff. 80v-95v Penitential Psalms and Litany [f. 80v, rubric only:]
Incipiunt septem psalmos. [f. 81r:] //lectum meum lacrimis meis stratum
meum rigabo...et parcere suscipe deprecacionem nostram ut quos
delictorum cathena constringit miseracio tue pietatis// Among the 13
martyrs, Dionysius (8), Eustachius (9); among the 5 confessors, Ivo
8. ff. 96r-98v Short Hours of the Cross. //laudem tuam. Deus in
adiutorium meum intende. Domine ad adiuuandum. Patris sapiencia ueritas
diuina...Sis michi solacium in mortis agone. Amen.
9. ff. 98v-100v Short Hours of the Holy Spirit [f. 98v rubric only:]
Sequuntur hore sancti [rest of rubric effaced; f. 99r:] //deus da nobis
illam sancti spiritus graciam quam discipulis tuis...Dixi ut nos
uisites inspiracione. Nos uiuamus iugiter celi regione. Amen.
10. ff. 101r-144v Office of the Dead, use of Paris [see art. 1 for
first folio of text]. //em tuam quia dominus benefecit tibi. Quia
eripuit...ut nostre congregacionis fratres sorores parentes amicos et
11. ff. 145r-149v Fifteen Joys of the Virgin, in French. //biens qui
portastes. ix. mois ihesucrist en uos precieux flans et
lalaittastes...pries pour moy et pour tous pecheurs et pour toutes
pecherresses dont il ueult estre// [Leroquais, LH 2. 310-11].
12. ff. 150r-152r Seven Requests, in French. //Biau sire dieux ie
uous requier conseil et aide...Sire si comme ce fut uoir regardes moy
en pitie. Pater noster. [Leroquais, LH 2. 309-10].
13. f. 152r-v Saincte uraye croix aouree. Qui du corps dieu...[Sonet
1876]. ff. 153r-154v ruled, but blank
Parchment, ff. i (contemporary parchment, ruled but blank) + 152 +
ii (contemporary parchment, ruled but blank), 208 x 154 (113 x 66) mm.
Calendar written in 17 long lines, text in 15; single vertical bounding
lines, full across; ruled in pale red ink.
I^^12 (+ 1 before f. 1; moved from its place in XIII  after f. 100), II^^8,
III^^4, IV^^8 (-1), V-X^^8, XI^^8 (-1), XII^^8, XIII^^8 (-1, 5, 8),
XIV-XVIII^^8, XIX^^8 (-5), XX^^6 (-3). Catchwords in lower margin of last
folio of quire, slightly right of center in batarde script.
Liturgical gothic bookhand in two sizes.
The style of the miniature and borders as well as the format are
typical of manuscripts produced in Normandy and the Isle-de-France ca.
1450-75 (cf. Delaisse, Marrow, de Wit, Waddesdon Manor MS 10, figs. 10-
13, especially for the borders). All of the miniatures, with one
exception, have been removed. F. 1r (Office of the Dead), a funeral
mass, originally followed f. 100. Stubs and breaks in the text, as well
as traces left by miniature frames and borders, indicate other
miniatures followed ff. 13 (Sequences), 25 (Hours of the Virgin,
Matins), 80 (Penitential Psalms), 98 (Hours of the Holy Spirit), 144
(Fifteen Joys), and 149 (Seven Requests). Another miniature probably
preceded f. 96 (Hours of the Cross).
The surviving miniature (of poor quality), 13-line, is set in a
narrow gold, black, and white arched frame, with a 3/4 bar border, gold
and black, surrounded by gold and blue acanthus leaves, flowers,
strawberries and black hair sprays with gold trilobe leaves, all within
red bounding lines. Other borders frequently, but not always, traced
(3/4 on folios with 4-line initials, confined elsewhere to outer
margin) in same manner, the latter without any bar elements. 4-line
initials, blue and gold with white highlights, filled with pink and
blue trilobe leaves; 3-, 2-, 1-line initials in gold on blue and red
with white highlights (2-line initials occasionally with black hair
sprays and gold trilobe leaves extending into margin). Line fillers:
ribbons, in blue, red, and gold, and flowers and geometric shapes in
blue, red, and white. Rubrics in orange-tinted red. Calendar has 2-line
initials for KL monogram; month, dates and important feasts in gold,
other feasts alternately blue and crimson.
Binding: s. xvi. Original sewing on four narrow, double, tawed
thongs laced into oak boards and pegged or nailed. Plain, wound
endbands on vegetable fiber cores, probably laid in grooves, are
covered with secondary colored endbands sewn through the spine
covering. The edges are gilt, the spine round. Covered in brown
goatskin, blind-tooled with a diamond pattern on the spine, each
diamond enclosing two small concentric circles, a floral border on the
sides enclosing vertical lines of assorted ornaments. A strap-and-pin
fastening, the wood cut out for the strap ends, the pins on the lower
board. Joints partially cracked, straps wanting, some worm damage.
Written in Northern France in the third quarter of the fifteenth
century as indicated by the format, the style of miniature, and the
border decoration. Signature of De Lahave on f. 154v, dated "Le V^^eme
decembre 1589". Signature of Mrs. Fenton inside front cover. Armorial
bookplates of Edward Wilfrid Fordham and Marinus Willet Dominick.
Presented to Yale in 1940 by the Rev. Howard Chandler Robbins.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 30, no. 106.
Barbara A. Shailor