DUL Add.MS. 1950/C/10Horae (fragment)
Held by: Durham University Library: Additional Manuscripts

Two consecutive leaves from a 14/15th century Book of Hours, written in England or the Low Countries, in the style of Horae made for the English market, reused as spine liners in 16th century.


Physical description of manuscript
Support

Parchment

Extent: 2 consecutive leaves
Size: 148 mm x 105 mm

Condition of manuscriptCropped; two pairs of slits in each leaf; some ink worn off.
Layout

No pricking visible. Ruled in fine dark grey. Written space 108 x 64 mm. 20 lines.

Script

Written in textura, in two sizes.

Decoration

Initials: to each petition and each collect except the first, 1-line, plain red or blue, alternating; to first collect, 2-line, plain blue.


Manuscript history
Creation

Written in England or the Low Countries, late 14th / early 15th century.

Provenance

Reused as spine-liners, with pairs of vertical folds and slits and with heavy brown stains from covering, until removed from Shelfmark of source: Routh 14.L.55, now SB 0361 - Epistolae quaedam piissimae & eruditissimae Iohannis Hus, quae solae satis declarant Papistarum pietates esse satanae furias (Wittenberg: ex officina Ioannis Lufft, 1537), mid 16th century dark brown calf English binding, blind panel stamps on front and back boards (Oldham HM. 21 and HM. 22 respectively), tie holes. Binding still contains discarded leaves with English text, with inscriptions on printed fragments of Roger Smithe and Tobias Smithe (16th century) and on the book of William Danse servant to Sir Everard Digby (16th century). Former reference: Portfolio II/5a (see Catalogue of fragments, manuscript and printed, amongst Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections).


Manuscript contents
Modern title: Horae (fragment)
Language: Latin

Litany: petitions and collects. “tua nos custodias. Ut [eccl]esiam tuam regere ... ... vite huius varietates tuo semper”