BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 217 France, s. XV^^2
1. ff. 1r-12v Calendar in French, with an entry for most days; among
those listed: Honobert (5 Jan.), Agricola (26 Feb.), Liphard (3 June),
Cirycus and Julitta (in gold, 16 June), Aredius (in gold, 16 Aug.),
Andochius (24 Sept.).
2. ff. 13r-18v Sequences of the Gospels.
3. ff. 18v-22v Oratio deuota. Obsecro te...[masculine forms;
Leroquais, LH 2.346-47].
4. ff. 22v-24r O intemerata...[Wilmart 488-90]. f. 24v ruled, but
5. ff. 25r-78v Hours of the Virgin, use unidentified; the hymn at
Matins is Quem terra pontus ethera; ant. at Prime, Ave Maria gratia
plena; capit. at Prime, Virgo dei genitrix; ant. at None, Ortus
conclusus; capit. at None, Felix namque es sacra uirgo.
6. ff. 79r-82v Short Hours of the Cross.
7. ff. 83r-86v Short Hours of the Holy Spirit.
8. ff. 87r-102v Penitential Psalms and Litany. Among the 13 martyrs,
Leodegar (13); among the 15 confessors, Fiacre (7), Majolus (9),
Arigius (12), Maurus (13), and Lupus (14); among the 13 virgins,
Genevieve (8), Julitta (12), and Radegundis (13).
9. ff. 103r-131v Office of the Dead, use unidentified; the responses
to the lessons at Matins are: 1. Qui lazarum 2. Redemptor meus 3. Beati
10. ff. 131v-137v Fifteen Joys of the Virgin [Leroquais, LH 2.310-
11. ff. 138r-140v Seven Requests [Leroquais, LH 2.309-10].
Parchment (very stiff), ff. ii (parchment) + ii (paper) + iii
(contemporary parchment) + 140 + iv (contemporary parchment) + ii
(parchment), 208 x 140 (102 x 65) mm. Written in 16 long lines, single
bounding lines full across; ruled in pale red ink.
I^^8, II^^6, III^^8, IV^^4, V-VIII^^8, IX^^4, X-XI^^8, XII^^2,
XIII-XIX^^8, XX^^6. Catchwords in lower margin on verso.
Written in liturgical gothic verging on batarde, by one scribe.
Crude miniatures by two artists whose compositions, figure types,
and painterly technique reflect faintly the work of Jean Colombe,
active in Bourges in the late fifteenth century: f. 13r (Sequences of
the Gospels) John on Patmos; f. 25r (Matins) Annunciation; f. 37r
(Lauds) Visitation; f. 48r (Prime) Nativity; f. 54r (Terce)
Annunciation to the Shepherds; f. 58v (Sext) Adoration of the Magi; f.
63r (None) Presentation in the Temple; f. 67v (Vespers) Flight into
Egypt; f. 74r (Compline) Coronation of the Virgin; f. 79r (Short Hours
of the Cross) Crucifixion; f. 83r (Short Hours of the Holy Spirit)
Pentecost; f. 87r (Penitential Psalms) David and Goliath; f. 103r
(Office of the Dead) a funeral service; f. 132r (Fifteen Joys) stock
portrait of the owner, a woman in grey, kneeling before the Virgin and
Child; f. 138r (Seven Requests) Gnadenstuhl Trinity. The miniatures by
the first artist (all except ff. 74r and 138r) are in arched frames, in
purple or crimson ink, occasionally with black cusping on the arch,
tangential or close to upper bounding line, set within a 3/4 strip,
either beige with alternating blue and pink flowers and black flecks,
edged in black, or gold with blue and red trilobe leaves.
Traced full or 3/4 borders, one (f. 25r) compartmentalized in gold
and blue, with an angel bearing the arms of the Coquille family (azure,
3 escallops or [Coquille], impaled with ermine [Garnier]), red bounding
line, filled with blue and green acanthus, flowers, strawberries,
grotesques, gold balls, and pen flecks. Initials accompanying
miniatures, 4- and 3-line, pink and blue with white highlights on gold,
filled with a flower on a beige ground. The miniatures by the second
artist (ff. 74r and 138r), probably an assistant to the first, are in
thick crimson frames, with 3/4 borders as above, except with finer and
stiffer acanthus, each with an initial, 4- or 3-line, gold on blue and
crimson with white highlights. Calendar with zodiac signs and
occupations of the months set within 3/4 borders, as above. 2-line
initials, KL monograms, as above; name of month, dates, major feasts in
gold, other feasts alternately in blue and red. Rubrics in crimson or
Binding: s. xix. Tan calf case, heavily gold-tooled spine and
doublures. Bound by C. Lewis (leading figure in English binding 1800-
40). Dark red-brown cover (s. xvi-xvii) inset on sides.
Written in central France in the second half of the 15th century,
as indicated by the saints in the Calendar and Litany as well as by the
style of the miniatures. An inscription (s. xvii) on f. 25r, below the
Coquille arms, reads: "Dame Charlotte Garnier, vefve de feu Gilbert
Coquille, Sieur des espoisses, pere de Maitre Anthoine Coquille, a fait
faire ces heures-cy dieu leur face Misericorde". Writing on the
flyleaves at front and back records events and the births of various
Coquille children, mainly at Nevers, from 1610 to 1683. On f. vii
verso, a later inscription reads, "Dono datum a Domino francisco
clement canonico de Cenon [?] domicellae Joannae morot cognatae suae
uxoris Grunonis Viellard patroni aeduae commorantis anno D 1713."
Library of Philip Henry Ker (1882-1940), 11th Marquess of Lothian (note
inside front cover reads "Library Blickling CHS"); his sale in 1932
(Anderson Galleries, New York, 27 Jan. 1932, no. 19) to Louis W.
Dommerich. Presented by Mrs. Louis W. Dommerich in 1956.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 41, no. 217.
Barbara A. Shailor