The drawings are very fine, neatly executed and full of dynamism.

The reading/singing monk and the jousting knights are of particularly fine quality. The knights, bearing coats of arms, affirm a lay origin for the manuscript, and are an early example of arms borne in such a way. This book of hours follows a design which was first formulated for the book of hours in Oxford circa1240. The manuscript is a key document for further study of the relationships between English and French books of hours.


France (17th century): New York prior to 1990; Sotheby's 1990; Sam Fogg Rare Books.

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