Officia beatae Mariae virginis et defunctorum
Book of hours. ca. 1390
Late 14th century
Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint Prayers and devotionsGeorge, Saint, -303 IllustrationFlorian, Saint, -304 IllustrationCatholic Church Liturgy of the hours TextsCatholic Church Office of the Blessed Virgin MaryCatholic Church Office of the DeadManuscripts, LatinDivine officeManuscripts, Medieval
 leaves : ill.
Written by two different hands in Gothic minuscule script with rubrication.
Includes 4 miniatures.
Binding: Modern dark grey velvet over pasteboard.
Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary begins at verso of leaf no. 4; Seven penitential psalms at recto of leaf no. 56; Office of the Dead begins at verso of leaf no. 75.
The inclusion of miniatures of St George (verso leaf 20), St Florian (recto leaf 44) and some of the Fourteen Holy Helpers in the Litany of the Saints (leafs 64-69) suggests France or Germany as the place of origin.
The frequent presence of the looped 'd' with the angular bow and the angular form of 'r', characteristic of the French Gothic cursive, reinforce a French provenance and the late 14th century as the period of creation.
De Ricci & Wilson,
Bond & Faye, Supplement,
Formerly catalogued as Fisher MSS 01239.
Acquired from the ROM, 2 Jul. 1974.