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Bridwell MS 16 [Book of Hours]
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[Book of Hours],  Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Annunciation, f. 2r.

Title: [Book of Hours]. Use of Rome.
Origin: [Flanders: c. 1525].
Description: Illuminated manuscript on parchment. 210 leaves. 22 x 15 cm. Double columns of 62 lines. Textblock: 10.5 x 9.3 cm.
Binding: Flemish 18th-century gold-tooled red morocco, with 2 clasps.
Comments: Written in a humanist script with brown ink; frame ruled, with ample margins. Calendar is missing. The emphasis is Franciscan with special attention given to St. Francis, St. Francisco di Paulo (Tours), and the Immaculate Conception (and St. Anne). May be dated firmly to after 1519 when St. Francisco di Paulo was canonized.
Decoration: The style of the miniatures is Flemish, with remarkable trompe-l'oeil borders and atmospheric landscapes.

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Provenance: (1) Leo S. Olschki, Florence. (2) Salle Kundig, Geneva, cat. 95 (23 June 1948), no. 37. (3) Canadian Private collector. (4) Parke-Bernet, New York, 5 Dec. 1949, lot 399. (5) David & Oroli. (6) Otto Ranschburg, New York 1950. (7) Dr. Lyle Sellers, Dallas, 1950-1964. (8) Baylor University Medical Center Library, Dallas, 1964-2001. (9) Long term deposit at Bridwell Library, Dallas, 2001.

Bibliography: Hope Leslie Gaither, Bridwell MS. 16: St. Anne, the Franciscans, and St. Francesco di Paola in the French Renaissance Court, Master's Thesis, Southern Methodist University, 2007.

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