Book of Hours, use of Rome, 1494

This manuscript is especially interesting and revealing as it was dated and signed by the scribe, Friar John of France (Johannes Francigena) who completed this Book of Hours on the 5th of March 1494. A series of prayers in Italian suggests that the book was made by the Franciscan monk for a laic, possibly a woman.
Illuminated manuscript on vellum.
176 x 122 mm. – 142 leaves, with 5 large historiated initials on a golden field, accompanied by floral border decoration and one initial in gold.



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