MS0065 Book of Hours (Troyes use) 3rd qtr. 15th c. N. France

H132 leaves (17.5 x 13 cm) Pointed Gothic script. 18 lines. Gatherings mostly of 8. Text in Latin and French: Calendar, Gospel Lessons, Hours of the Cross, of the Holy Spirit, of the Virgin, Obsecro te, O Intemerata, Psalms, Litany, Office of the Dead. 5 large miniatures, 10 historiated initials, compartmentalized borders with fruit, flowers, birds, animals, and grotesques. Binding: mottled brown calf with gilt tooling. 18th c.

The courtly, decorative style of northern France tends increasingly to approach the book as an ornament. Dazzling displays of gold and jewel-like colors enliven the miniatures and border designs. Borders are commonly divided into compartments with alternating background.