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[Book of hours].
This superb French Book of Hours, written in a fine roman script on 113 leaves of pure white vellum, has been attributed to the French miniaturist, calligrapher, and printer, Geoffroy Tory. The manuscript contains sixteen full page miniatures, twenty-six small miniatures of the evangelists and saints, and sixteen illuminated borders. The date 1524 appears in a shield located in the gold border surrounding one of the large miniatures, and it has been assumed that the volume was executed in that year. The large miniatures are brilliantly colored and filled with a wealth of detail and the landscapes and interiors are delicately executed. Former owners of this distinguished manuscript include Girardot de Préfond, Duc de la Vallière, William Beckford, Robert Hoe, and Cortland F. Bishop.
Contributor Names
Catholic Church.
Tory, Geoffroy, approximately 1480-approximately 1533, attributed name.
Bure, Guillaume-François de, 1731-1782, former owner.
Beckford, William, 1760-1844, former owner.
Guyot de Villeneuve, François Gustave Adolphe, 1825-1898, former owner.
Hoe, Robert, 1839-1909, former owner.
Bishop, Cortlandt F. (Cortlandt Field), 1870-1935, former owner.
Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Books of hours--Texts--Early works to 1800
-  Catholic Church--Prayers and devotions
-  Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)--Washington (D.C.)
-  Illumination of books and manuscripts, French--Washington (D.C.)
-  Ms. written and decorated in Touraine? At one time erroneously attributed to Geoffroy Tory.
-  In Latin.
-  Library of Congress. Medieval and Renaissance ms. bks., 52
-  Library of Congress. Lessing J. Rosenwald collection, 14
-  Rosenwald (1954) 10
-  Ricci, S. de. Medieval and Renaissance mss., p. 1656, no. 9
-  Ricci, S. de. Medieval and Renaissance mss. (suppl.), p. 124, no. 157
-  Leaf [Ia] KL Ianuarius habet dies xxxi; calendar ens on leaf [6b]; leaf [8a]: Initium sancti euangelii secundum Ioannem; leaf [113b]: per omnia secula seculoru[m] Amen.
-  Miniature on leaf [79b] dated 1524.
-  Eighteenth-century French binding in the manner of Derôme.
-  Gift of Lessing J. Rosenwald. Former owners: Paul Girardot de Préfond; Louis Jean Gaignat; Guillaume François Debure; Louis César, duc de La Vallière; William Beckford; F.G.A. Guyot de Villeneuve; Robert Hoe; Cortlandt F. Bishop.
-  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
-  Form AACR2: vj46 12-04-91
-  LAC knj 2019-09-04 no edits (1 card)
113 leaves (23 lines (calendar 33 lines)), bound : parchment, col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
BX2080 .A2 1524
Rosenwald ms. no. 10
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Catholic Church, Geoffroy Tory, Guillaume-François De Bure, William Beckford, François Gustave Adolphe Guyot De Villeneuve, Robert Hoe, Cortlandt F Bishop, and Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection. Book of Hours. 1524. Pdf.

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Catholic Church, Tory, G., Bure, G. D., Beckford, W., Guyot De Villeneuve, F. G. A., Hoe, R. [...] Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection. (1524) Book of Hours. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Catholic Church, et al. Book of Hours. 1524. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

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