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Description This manuscript was created ca. 1315-25 in the region of Ghent, likely for the woman depicted in the margin of fol. 171r. Combining both a Psalter and a Book of Hours, and including a series of hymns, this manuscript provided its owner with extensive texts for personal devotion. A series of thirty-three historiated initials provide visual associations with the readings, while its rich marginal drolleries would have delighted the reader. The illumination is in the style of the Master of the Copenhagen Hours (Copenhagen, Kongelige Bibliotek, MS. ThoU 547 4). Added prayers, as well as ownership inscriptions ranging from the fifteenth through twentieth centuries, attest to the long life and use of the manuscript.
  • Splendor in Books. Grolier Club, New York; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1977-1978.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Manuscript Illumination in Flanders. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992.
  • Medieval Games of Love and War. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995-1996.
  • Daily Life in Medieval Books. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
  • Medieval Mastery, Book Illumination from Charlemagne to Charles the Bold (Meesterlijke Middeleeuwen). Stedelijik Museum Vander Kelen-Mertens, Leuven. 2002.
  • Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
  • Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014.
Provenance Jacques Mauze (?), 15th century [1]. Ex libris Crouzon, 17th or 18th century [2]. G. E. Street, 19th century [3]. Léon Gruel, Paris, late 19th-early 20th century [4]; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, early 20th century; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] inscriptions on fols. 167r and 213v (the latter now erased) [2] inscription on 1r [3] inscription on 1r [4] No. 46 on 1r
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1315-25 (Gothic)
ink and pigments on parchment bound between boards covered with green velvet
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 6 3/8 × W: 4 3/8 in. (16.2 × 11.1 cm)
Location Within Museum
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