- Contents in good condition: a few miniatures occas. w. small pigment losses; some smudging to border decoration. Probably lacks part of a prayer to the Holy Trinity and 1 full-page miniature and/ or a leaf with a small miniature. Velvet over boards for the greater part worn off; upper cords broken; lacks clasps and catches. A fine and well preserved manuscript with bright colours and gilding.
= CONTENTS: Cambrai-Windesheim calendar, probably for the northern part of the medieval diocese of Cambrai (possibly Antwerp or surroundings), in Middle-Dutch (w. table and computeus circle [without date]), saints mentioned in red ink include Agnes (21 Jan), Erasmus (1 June [sic]), [Achatius and the] 10.000 Martyrs (22 June), Division of the Apostles (15 July), Augustine (28 Aug), [Ursula and the] 11.000 Virgins (21 Oct), Nicasius (14 Dec) and Thomas of Canterbury (29 Dec); Prayer to the Holy Face; prayers; Hours of the Cross; Mass of the Virgin; Gospel Lessons; Seven Prayers of St. Gregory; prayers when attending mass in church; prayer on the name of Jesus; verses of St. Bernard; Suffrages; Suffrage to St. George; Marian prayers; Joys of the Virgin; Hours of the Virgin for the use of Rome; Penitential Psalms and Litany; prayer to the Trinity preceded by Psalms 53 and 66 [first part of text probably missing]. Probably made for a man named Johannes (fol. 21r: "michi famulo tuo iohanni" in a prayer on the name of Jesus); all prayers for male use. The manuscript appears to be almost complete, no indications of cuttings were found, there is no Office of the Dead, which is unusual but not necessarily lacking.
DECORATION: MINIATURES: (in order of appearance, quarter-page/ 7- or 8-line size unless stated otherwise) 1. Salvator Mundi (full-page); 2. Crucifixion (full-page); 3. Maria Lactans (full-page); 4. Mass of St. Gregory (full-page); 5. Christ-child w. the Instruments of the Passion; 6. St. Bernard w. the devil; 7. Guardian angel w. male patron; 8. John the Baptist w. a book and standing next to the Lamb of God; 9. St. John the Evangelist holding the poisoned chalice 10. St. Peter holding a key and book, St. Paul holding a sword; 11. St. James the Greater w. pelgrims bag and staff, holding a book; 12. Anna selbdritt (full-page); 13. St. Mary Magdalene holding an ointment jar and a book; 14. St. Barbara holding a palm and a book, before the tower; 15. St. Catherine of Alexandria holding a book w. a sword and part of a (broken) wheel; 16. Lamentation; 17. The Assumption of the Virgin (full-page); 18. The Tree of Jesse and Annunciation (full-page); 19. Visitation; 20. Nativity; 21. Annunciation to the shepards; 22. Adoration by the Magi; 23. Presentation in the Temple; 24. Massacre of the Innocents; 25. Flight into Egypt and 26. David Penitent (full-page). This is an attractive book of hours, featuring the strewn-flower borders on coloured grounds that are typical of southern Netherlandish illumination of the decades around 1500. There are two hands in the illumination. The first artist supplied 6 of the full-page miniatures (nos. 1-4, 12 and 26 listed above); the second artist painted the 2 full-page (nos. 17 and 21; of lesser quality) and the small miniatures. The facial types and the colouring, with intense but pale tones (esp. nos. 18, 26), point to a localisation in the region of Brabant (as suggested by the calendar as well) but the place of production cannot be ascertained. The first artist depicted expressive figures engaged in emotional interactions (for example, the group of mourning women in the foreground of the Crucifixion). The second artist's gesticulating figures are set in fluvial landscapes in blue and green hues. The compositions of both artists are indebted to the Master of the Dresden Prayer book. The border surrounding the Assumption, with trumpeting putti and italianizing elements, derives from a model used in the workshop of the Master of the David Scenes in the Grimani Breviary. Another manuscript by the same two illuminators in The Hague, Museum Meermanno, Ms. MMW 10 F 14, which contains a similar composite Tree of Jesse and Annunciation. The first artist also painted a series of passion scenes in New York, Morgan Library and Museum, Ms. M 156. A very special thanks for the contributions made by Anne Magreet W. As-Vijvers (Illuminare scribendo) and Ed van der Vlist (The Royal Library). SEE ILLUSTRATIONS ON FRONTCOVER AND PLATE CII.