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Thursday, June 27, 2013

More beautiful late 15th c books of hours

On the continuing theme of small and lovely prayerbooks and books of hours, with secretary hand and neo-classical initials:

the book of hours of Johanna the Mad (aka Johanna of Aragon, sister of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's wife no. 1) is now online, courtesy of the British Library.

Add MS 18852

BL's shiny new viewer allows you to page through the MS, and enlarge to gigantic proportions to examine the ductus (very unusual 'Gothic with humanistic features', says BL) and the details of the initials. (It does not, however, allow you to right-click-save image.)

It's hard to remember this beautiful work is only 11cm x 8cm, with a working space of just 5cm x 3.5 cm.

Here's just one page, 21v: glorious! Enjoy your viewing.


4 comments:

Ari said...

Lovely! I wonder what determines what mss they put up on the scroll-through. Alas, Egerton 1146 isn't one of them.

Ari said...

Looking at the hand, it's almost, but not quite, like the da Besozzo hand.

Sara / Aryanhwy said...

It does not, however, allow you to right-click-save image

And that's where "print screen" is so useful!

Genevieve la flechiere said...

Ari Mala: Egerton 1146 is beautiful indeed, and is online, though not in the whizzy new viewer.

What's special about it for you, aside from general splendidness?