W.426, The Walters Art Museum

Holding institution title: W.426, Prayer Book, Latin (1510-1520 CE, Bruges(?))

Holding institution classification: Prayer book

Holding institution location: Baltimore, MD

URL: https://thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W426/description.html

URL2: https://manuscripts.thewalters.org/viewer.php?id=W.426

Digitization status: Digitized

Date: 1485-1545

Language(s): Latin, German, French


Country of production: Belgium

City or region of production: Bruges?

Illumination contents: Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Virgo, Cancer, Leo, Gemini, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Trinity, Sts. Peter and Paul, Crucifixion, Virgin and Child in garden, St. Christopher, St. Catherine, St. Erasmus, Adoration of the Magi

Text contents: Calendar, Prayers to the Trinity, Two Computistical Diagrams, Three Tables (dominical letters, golden numbers, Advent table in Latin and German, Zodiacal Signs and Lunar Effects), Suffrage to the Trinity, Two Prayers to God and Christ, Prayer to Christ for recitation before going to sleep, Prayer in praise to Christ with “N” supplied for name of suppliant, Prayer for God’s Mercy, Prayer for God’s Help in a Just Cause, Prayer for Remission of Sins and a Good Life’s End for Oneself, Friends, and Enemies, Prayer for a Good Life’s End, Prayer to Christ, Prayer to Christ with Indulgence, Three Prayers on the Passion with Indulgence of Remission of All Sins Granted by Pope Innocent III, Three Prayers to Christ, Devotions to the Virgin with Indulgences, Rhyming Prayer attributed to St. Bernard for safeguard against unconfessed death, Prayer said to be as precious as gold, Prayer for Devout Recitation before Image of Virgin of the Sun with Indulgence, Prayer to the Virgin, Verse Prayer on Seven Corporeal Joys of the Virgin, Verse Prayer on Seven Spiritual Joys of the Virgin, Rhyming Lament of the Sorrow of the Virgin by the Cross with Indulgence, Prayer Praising Merits of the Virgin preventing unconfessed death, Suffrage to the Virgin for protection at time of death and salvation from plague, Prayer to the Cross, Prayer attributed to Pope John XII with indulgence, Communion Prayers in German, Suffrage to God for Absolution in German, Seven Last Words of Christ and Prayer on the Passion in German, Prayer Invoking the Trinity and Virgin in German, Prayer to Christ’s Martyrdom in German, Prayer to Christ with Indulgences in German, Five Verses of St. Gregory in German, Two Prayers to the Virgin in German, Prayer to Christ in German, Suffrages, Devotions to St. Brigid of Sweden, Penitential Psalms

Hours intercalated?:


Scribe: Unknown

Illuminator: Simon Bening (?) and associates

Patron: Katharina; Owned by two women ca. 1518-47; owners’ entries in Calendar in lower margin, fully or partially effaced, dates and names of two women still legible on fol. 9r, “1518” and fol. 1r, “1522 . . “, Contents are indicative of an intended German owner, but there remain some Netherlandish feasts with irregular dates.

Materials: Parchment

Binding original?: No

Binding description: French(?), ca. nineteenth century; violet velvet; sewn on three cords, spine rounded and backed, hollow; modern endbands in yellow and green silk; gilt edges, gauffered after cropping, pointiellé single and double linear frame design; chiseled and ornate silver gilt furnishings, central medallion and corner-guards probably German, ca. second half of the sixteenth century; modern side plates in form of Pan-herms (head of the upper Pan-herm missing) and engraved fore-edge clasps with fret decoration hinged from lower cover; blue silk ribbon marker, leather fore-edge tabs; worn velvet case, violet in color, front flap with missing button, inside of case lined in kid

Folio height (in centimeters): 7.6

Folio width (in centimeters): 6

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