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Book of hours : Use of Noyon

Identifier: MSS 0095-Item 0031

Scope and Content Note

Book of hours, probably for the Use of Noyon.

Ms. codex.

Title from dealer’s description.

Collation: Parchment, fol. iii + 127 + ii (paper) ; 1-2² 3-4(superscript 6) 5-19(superscript 8) 20² ; some quiremarks.

Description: 130 leaves ; parchment, ill. ; 175 x 120 (95 x 60) mm. bound to 180 x 125 mm.

Layout: Written in 20 long lines; ruled in red ink with double upper horizontal bounding lines; prickings in outer margins; some vertical catchwords.

Decoration: 10 large miniatures with full borders on brown or liquid gold grounds with foliage, bird and animal motifs: fol. 14r, St. John the Evangelist writing; fol. 19r, Agony in the Garden; 33r, Annunciation; 40r, Visitation; 47r, Nativity; 50v, Annunciation to the Shepherds; 53r, Adoration of the Magi; 58v, Flight into Egypt; 66v, David in prayer; 83r, Raising of Lazarus. 6 9-16-line historiated initials with illumination, depicting the Passion; 11 3-7-line historiated initials with illumination; 1-2-, 5-, and 9-line illuminated initials. Illumination executed by two artists.

Script: Written in brown ink in two sizes of a well formed lettre bâtarde.

Binding: 19th century leather binding by Hans Asper with working metal clasp and fitted case.

Shelfmark: University of Delaware, MSS 095.031.

Contents: 1. fol. 1r: Calendar. 2. fol. 14r: Gospel sequences. 3. fol. 19r: Passion sequence. 4. fol. 27v: Obsecro te for male use. 5. fol. 30r: O intemerata. 6. fol. 33r: Hours of the Virgin. 7. fol. 66v: Penitential Psalms and Litany. 8. fol. 83r: Office of the Dead. 9. fol. 116r: Prayers to Christ. 10. fol. 117r: Prayers of Pope Leo with rubric in French. 11. fol. 119r: Prayer to the five feasts of the Virgin with rubric in French. 12. fol. 122r: Contemplations of the Virgin on the subject of the cross, with rubric in French.


  • Creation: approximately 1500s


Language of Materials

Materials in Latin and French.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Historical Note

Origin: Written in Northern France, possibly Amiens, in the 16th century.

Information derived from the collection.


1 volume (130 leaves) ; 175 x 120 (95 x 60) millimeters bound to 180 x 125 millimeters

Metadata Rights Declarations


Book of hours, probably for the Use of Noyon.


Purchase, 2008.

Materials Available in Alternative Format

Portions of the manuscript to be digitized and made available through the University of Delaware Library's Digital Collections website at ARTstor Commons. The listing of digitized leaves appears below.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0095 Scientific and Humanities Manuscript collection.

Shelving Summary

  • MSS 0095, Item 0031: Shelved in SPEC VAULT MSS

OCLC Number


Cataloged by Jennifer MacDonald, 2008. Encoded by Jaime Margalotti, March 2014.

Finding aid for Book of hours : Use of Noyon
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2014 March 4
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Repository Details

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