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The Hague, KB, 74 G 37, 74 G 37a

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Book of Hours (`Hours of Simon de Varie'; use of Paris).
Guillaume Alecis (Alexis), Prayer to Mary

Place of origin, date:

Paris, Master of Jean Rolin, Master of the Dunois Hours (illuminators); 1455. Added miniatures (74 G 37a): Tours, Jean Fouquet (illuminator); c. 1455


Vol. I (74 G 37): 17 miniatures (55x32 mm); 4 illustrations in the margin; decorated initials with border decoration (ff. 1r, 12r, 17v, 25r, 53r, etc.). Vol. II (74 G 37a): 19 miniatures (55x32 mm); 24 illustrations in the margin (calendar); decorated initials withborder decoration (ff. 2r, 3v, 4v, 5v, 6v, etc.)
Added in vol. II (74 G 37a, ff. 1r-v): 1 full-page miniature (miniature + margin: coat of arms; 116x85 mm); 1 full page miniature (90x70 mm)


made for Simon de Varie. Divided in three parts by Philippe de Béthune (d. 1649). Vol. I: Samuel van Huls or Hulsius; his sale in 1730 at J. Swart & P. de Hondt, The Hague (cat. 4 Sept., pt. I, p. 339 no. 5199). J.H. van Wassenaer-van Obdam; his sale in 1750 at P. deHondt, The Hague (cat. 10 Aug., p. 63 no. 801), where purchased by Stadholder William IV, Prince of Orange-Nassau; by descent to his son Stadholder William V and his grandson King William I of The Netherlands, who ceded it to the KB in 1816. Vol. II: sold in 1882 at A. Firmin-Didot,Paris (cat. 12-17 June, pt. IV, pp. 22-23 no. 12). Purchased in 1890 from antiquarian bookseller J. Baer & Co., Frankfurt a.M. (200. Lager-Cat. 1887, p. 2 no. 2). Vol. III resurfaced in 1985 in California (see Marrow 1994)


Paris calendar: feasts in red include St. Geneviève (3 January). Vol. III now: Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 7


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