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Queens' College : Book of Hours in Dutch and Latin

Queens' College

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Compilation and translation by Geert Grote.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated 1453, this opulently produced Book of Hours (written in ‘Gothic bookhand’ script) was made in Amsterdam with the exception of its seven miniatures of the life of Christ, which were created in Haarlem. These are likely to be the work of the Dutch illuminator known only as the Master of the Haarlem Bible. The red, violet and blue initial ornamentations found throughout the manuscript exemplify ‘mask-group’ pen-flourishing, a style of ornamentation which originated in Amsterdam.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The manuscript was presented to Queens’ College on 23 April 1930 by Joseph Yelverton Dawbarn, LL.M., of Liverpool (1857-1943) who matriculated at Queens’ in 1874. Dawbarn received the manuscript as a bequest upon the death of Thomas Craddock (1832-1930) whose ownership inscription states: ‘bought 1846’. The volume was also owned by John Maule of Inverkeilor (1706-1781), son of Henry Maule, styled 5th Earl of Panmure, as shown by the bookplate on the front pastedown with the Maule of Panmure family crest.</p>

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