BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Beinecke MS 435 Lyons s. XV/XVI
Hours, use of Rome
1. ff. 1r-12v Full calendar in French, alternating red and blue with major
feasts in gold; includes the usual Northern French Saints. f. 13r-v blank
2. ff. 14r-18r Sequences of the Gospels, ending with the prayer, Protector
noster in te sperantium...[Perdrizet, 25].
3. ff. 18r-21r Obsecro te...[Leroquais, LH 2. 346-47, masculine forms].
f. 21v blank
4. ff. 22r-58v Hours of the Virgin, use of Rome with weekly variations of
psalms and antiphons at Matins beginning on f. 53v. f. 59r-v ruled, but blank
5. ff. 60r-62r Hours of the Cross, short form. f. 62v ruled, but blank
6. ff. 63r-65r Hours of the Holy Spirit, short form. f. 65v ruled, but
7. ff. 66r-77r Penitential Psalms and Litany. f. 77v ruled, but blank
8. ff. 78r-97v Office of the Dead, use of Rome, followed by the prayers for
the dead: Auete omnes anime fideles...; Domine ihesu christe salus et
liberatio...[the set in LH 2. 341].
9. ff. 98r-99r Catena on the Passion of Christ, mainly from John 19 (see
Lyell Cat., pp. 65-66), followed by the prayer: Deus qui manus tuas et
10. ff. 99r-111v Suffrages to the Trinity, Michael archangel, Peter and Paul,
Christopher, Sebastian, Antony, Claudius, Anna, Mary Magdalen, Catharine of
Alexandria, Barbara, Margaret, Apollonia, Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins,
Stephen, Lawrence, Nicolas, the 10,000 Martyrs, George and Ivo.
11. ff. 111v-112v Seven Prayers of St. Gregory [Leroquais LH 2. 346].
12. ff. 112v-113v Eight Verses of St. Bernard [RH 27912], followed by the
prayer: Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui ezechie regi iudee...[Leroquais LH 1.
Parchment, ff. ii (paper) + 113 (including f. 13, a blank modern insertion)
+ iii (paper), 191 x 121 (99 x 52) mm. Written in 17 long lines in the
calendar, 24 in text; ruled in pale red ink, single horizontal and vertical
bounding lines, full across and full length. Prickings at outer edges for
bounding lines and rulings for text, usually with double prickings
for lower horizontal bounding line.
I-II^^6 (f. 13 inserted after II), III-VII^^8, VIII^^6, IX-X^^8, XI^^2,
XII-XIII^^8, XIV^^4, XV-XVI^^8. Catchwords perpendicular to text along inner
Written in elegant batarde.
According to J. Marrow the illumination of M5 435 is stylistically similar
(or identical) to a group of manuscripts from Lyons, in particular Lyons,
Bibliotheque de la Ville MS 583 (V. Leroquais, Exposition de manuscrits a
peintures du VI^^e au XVII^^e siecle [Lyons, 1920] p. 41, no. 52, with Pl. LIV
of f. 46r) which certainly came from the same shop and is probably by the same
artist as Beinecke MS 435.
Fourteen full-page miniatures in elaborate architectural frames, gold, with
marbelized columns on plinths capped with a lintel or arched, scalloped or
triangular pediments, with swags and putti. Subjects are: f. 14r John on
Patmos (Gospel Sequences); f. 18v Virgin and Child, with angels (Obsecro te);
f. 22r Annunciation, with Marriage of Mary and Joseph in pediment (Hours of
Virgin, Matins); f. 29r Visitation (Lauds); f. 36v Nativity (Prime); f. 39v
Annunciation to shepherds (Terce); f. 42r Adoration of Magi (Sext); f. 44v
Presentation in temple (None); f. 47r Flight into Egypt (Vespers); f. 51r
Coronation of the Virgin (Compline); f. 60r Crucifixion (Short Hours of Cross);
f. 63r Pentecost (Short Hours of Holy Spirit); f. 66r King David sending Uriah
into battle (Penitential Psalms); f. 78r Job on dungheap (Office of the Dead).
Twenty-five small miniatures, 13- or 12-line, in black and gold frames, one, f.
106v in a gold and magenta arched frame: f. 15r Luke (Gospel Sequences); f.
16r Matthew (Gospel Sequences); f. 17v Mark (Gospel Sequences); f. 98r
Flagellation (Catena on Passion of Christ); f. 99v Trinity (Suffrages); f. 100r
St. Michael; f. 100v Sts. Peter and Paul; f. 101r St. Christopher; f. 101v St.
Sebastian; f. 102r St. Antony; f. 103r St. Claudius; f. 104r St. Anna, Virgin
and Child; f. 104v
St. Mary Magdalen; f. 105r St. Catharine; f. 105v St. Barbara; f. 106v St.
Margaret; f. 107r St. Apollonia; f. 107v St. Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins; f.
108r St. Stephen; f. 109r St. Lawrence; f. 109v St. Nicolas; f. 110r 10,000
Martyrs; f. 110v St. George; f. 111r St. Ivo; f. 111v Mass of St. Gregory.
Calendar with twenty-four small miniatures in upright rectangular brown and
gold frames in outer margin; occupations of the months on rectos, signs of
zodiac on versos. 6-line initials with full-page miniatures, blue curling
scrolls filled with red, blue and green flowers against gold or gold flowers
against red; red and gold grounds with gold filigree. 3- to 1-line initials,
gold, against red or blue grounds. Line-fillers and KL monograms in the
same manner. Feasts alternate red and blue, with important feasts in gold.
Binding: s. xviii-xix. Brown calf, gold-tooled, in a reddish-brown
gold-tooled box lined with a paste paper. Traces of two fastenings.
Written in the area of Lyons at the end of the 15th or beginning of the 16th
century; early modern provenance unknown. In a binding and case of the
century, with the initials FX [tree with helmet and visor] and [Greek] Z embossed
in gold on case. Belonged to Cornelius Vanderbilt (no. 192); bequeathed to Yale
in his memory by his daughter Gladys Moore Vanderbilt, Countess Laszlo
Szechenyi, in 1966.
Barbara A. Shailor