Script: A complete leaf, single columns of 17 lines written in brown ink in a gothic script, ruled with ink.
Decoration: Four 2-line initals with leafy designs and border extensions in red, pink, blue, green and burnished gold. Smaller initials in blue or gold with fine penwork; ornamental line fillers.
Open for research; material must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.
Folio 8, containing Anglo-French prayers, 'Ne vont pur rien li dreit' and 'Forment esteient'. The text is important for containing personalized material.
Purchased from Bernard Quaritch (catalog 1396, number 12), 2010. Accession 2010-159.
From the Hungerford Hours, an important and early East Anglian Book of Hours. The publication of the Calendar from this manuscript by Janet Backhouse in the Alan Thomas Festschrift in 1981 first brought the Hungerford Hours to the attention of the scholarly world, and since then it has been more fully studied by M.A. Michael. It is one of very few English Books of Hours to have survived from the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. [dealer's description]
The manuscript seems to have belonged to Robert, Lord Hungerford (d. 1459), and his wife Margaret Botreaux (d. 1478).