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Walters Ms. W.281, Malet-Lannoy Hours

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Malet-Lannoy Hours

Text title
Book of Hours


This Book of Hours was made ca. 1420-1440 for use of Rome in northeastern France or Paris, as suggested by the contents in the calendar and the inclusion of a suffrage to St. Avia. Although the identity of the initial patron is unknown, his heraldry was added thirty-five times throughout the book. The manuscript was owned within the first decades of its creation by Thomas Malet of Berlettes and Jeanne of Lannoy, whose heraldry was added early into the manuscript as well. This was likely in the 1430s, coinciding with their marriage, and the addition of a miniature depicting the Marriage of the Virgin at this time supports this. This manuscript contains twenty-seven additional miniatures, some of which are of particular iconographical note, such as St. Luke painting the Virgin (fol. 14v). The inclusion of this depiction, as well as other compositional and style choices, link this book to the Master of Morgan 453.


Ca. 1420-40


Northeastern France (French Flanders)






The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Support material


Medium to thick, carefully selected, and highly prepared parchment; front pastedown of eighteenth-century laid paper with watermark formed of two interlocking C's surmounted by a crown


Foliation: i+242+i


Formula: Quire 1: 8, with first folio missing (fols. 1-7); Quire 2: 8, with eighth folio missing (fols. 8-14); Quire 3: 8 (fols. 15-22); Quire 4: 8, with first folio reattached to second, and eighth folio added later (fols. 23-30); Quires 5-27: 8 (fols. 31-214); Quire 28: 10 (fols. 215-224); Quire 29: 6 (fols. 225-230); Quire 30: 12 (fols. 231-242)

Catchwords: Extant beginning on fol. 22v

Signatures: Somewhat extant beginning on fol. 119r in dark brown ink



21.4 cm wide by 21.2 cm high

Written surface

6.3 cm wide by 11.5 cm high

  1. Columns: 1
  2. Ruled lines: 14
  3. Ruled in mauve ink; layout does not apply to calendar: written space 11.2 x 6.3 cm, 4 columns of 17 lines

fols. 1r - 242v:
  1. Title: Book of Hours
  2. Hand note: Text written in textura formata
  3. Decoration note: Twenty-seven extant original miniatures, as well as one full-page miniature added early; decorated initials at major text openings marked by miniatures (4 lines); at secondary text divisions and at "K L" in calendar (2 lines); at versals and dominical letters "A" in calendar (1 line); foliate borders at major text openings marked by miniatures, in calendar, and at secondary text divisions; line fillers in litany; rubrics in red; text in black ink
fols. 1r - 13r:
  1. Title: Calendar
  2. Rubric: Januarius habet dies xxxi. luna xxx.
  3. Contents: Calendar filled, graded in gold, blue, and rose, contents suggest Paris and northeastern France; saints of note include Antony (Jan. 17), Marius and Martha (Jan. 19), Ansbert (Feb. 9), Florian (May 4), Wandregisil (May 20, usually Jul. 22, also Nov. 18), Landericus (Jun. 10), Dominic (Aug. 5), Louis of France (Aug. 25), Lambert (Sept. 19), Gabriel (Oct. 16, usually Mar. 18), Quintinus (Oct. 31), Wandregisil (Nov. 18, also May 20), Bibiana (Dec. 2), Barbara (Dec. 4), Sabas (Dec. 5), Damasus (Dec. 11), Nicasius (Dec. 14), Gratianus (Dec. 18)
fols. 15r - 29v:
  1. Title: Gospel sequences and two prayers to the Virgin
  2. Rubric: Inicium sancti evangelii secundum johannem. Gloria tibi domine.
  3. Incipit: In principio erat verbum
  4. Contents: Fols. 15r-22r: Gospel sequences: fols. 15r-16v: John 1.1-14; fols. 17r- 18v: Luke 1.26-38; fols. 19r-20v: Matthew 2.1-12; fols. 21r-22r: Mark 16.14- 20; fols. 22v-29v: Two prayers to the Virgin: fols. 22v-26v: Obsecro te, fols. 26v-29v: O intemerata
  5. Decoration note: Miniatures on fols. 15r, 17r, 19r, and 21r
fols. 31r - 118v:
  1. Title: Hours of the Virgin
  2. Incipit: Domine labia mea
  3. Contents: For use of Rome; Matins 9-lesson
  4. Decoration note: Inserted full-page miniature on fol. 30v; miniatures on fols. 31r, 64r, 79r, 85r, 91r, 97r, 104r, and 112r
fols. 119r - 134r:
  1. Title: Seven Penitential Psalms
  2. Incipit: Domine ne in furore
  3. Decoration note: Miniature on fol. 119r
fols. 134r - 142v:
  1. Title: Litany, petitions, and collects
  2. Rubric: Letania
  3. Incipit: Kyrieleison
  4. Contents: Particular to Paris and northern France and Belgium as per calendar; fols. 134r-142v: Litany, with nineteen martyrs including Tiburtius, Eustace, Dionysius, Gereon, Maurice, and Lambert; fourteen confessors including Nicolas, Medard, Silvester, Hilary, Leo, Severinus, Remigius, Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome, Gregory, Benedict, Maurus, and Aegydius; fifteen virgins, including Mary Magdalene, Columba, Anastasia, Christina, and Susanna; fols. 140v-141r: Petitions; fols. 141r-142v: five collects, headed "Deus cui proprium est misereri semper..."
fols. 142v - 154v:
  1. Title: Hours of the Cross
  2. Rubric: De cruce servicium
  3. Incipit: Domine labia mea
  4. Decoration note: Miniature on fol. 143r
fols. 154v - 166v:
  1. Title: Devotional sequence
  2. Rubric: De sancto spiritu
  3. Incipit: Domine labia mea
  4. Contents: Fols. 154v-164v: Hours of the Holy Spirit; fols. 164v-166r: eight verses of St. Bernard; 166r-v: prayer to Christ
  5. Decoration note: Miniature on fol. 155r
fols. 167r - 227v:
  1. Title: Office of the Dead
  2. Rubric: Psalmus
  3. Incipit: Placebo
  4. Text note: Prayers mostly headed "Oratio" except fols. 175v-177v: headed "Deus qui inter apostolicos sacerdotes famulos tuos..."; fols. 225r-227v: Pro patre et matre. oratio."
  5. Decoration note: Miniature on fol. 167r
fols. 228r - 242v:
  1. Title: Devotional sequence
  2. Rubric: De sancta trinitate memoria
  3. Incipit: Te adoramus te glorificamus te laudamus o beata trinitas
  4. Contents: Fols. 228r-240r: Suffrages to SS. Mary Magdalene, Antony, the Trinity, Michael, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, Bartholomew, and Christopher; fols. 237r-238v: suffrage beginning with Seven Joys of Mary Magdalene; fols. 239r-240v: suffrage beginning with Five Joys of St. Catherine; fols. 240v-241v: French verse prayer to St. Avia, headed in French: "De sainte avoye. oroison."; fols. 241v-242v: Prayer for recitation before Christ on the Cross, headed, "Devota oratio ante crucifixum dicenda."
  5. Decoration note: Miniatures on fols. 228r, 230r, 231r, 232r, 233r, 234r, 236r, 237r, 239r, and 241r


fol. 15r:

  1. W.281, fol. 15r
  2. Title: St. John on Patmos
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Gospel Sequences: John

fol. 17r:

  1. W.281, fol. 17r
  2. Title: St. Luke painting vision of Virgin lactans
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Gospel sequences: Luke

fol. 19r:

  1. W.281, fol. 19r
  2. Title: St. Matthew writing beneath vision of Virgin
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Gospel sequences: Matthew

fol. 21r:

  1. W.281, fol. 21r
  2. Title: St. Mark writing
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Gospel sequences: Mark

fol. 30v:

  1. W.281, fol. 30v
  2. Title: Marriage of the Virgin
  3. Form: Full-page miniature
  4. Text: Hours of the Virgin
  5. Comment:

    Added early, ca. 1430

fol. 31r:

  1. W.281, fol. 31r
  2. Title: Annunciation
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Hours of the Virgin: Matins

fol. 64r:

  1. W.281, fol. 64r
  2. Title: Visitation
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Hours of the Virgin: Lauds

fol. 79r:

  1. W.281, fol. 79r
  2. Title: Nativity
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Hours of the Virgin: Prime

fol. 85r:

  1. W.281, fol. 85r
  2. Title: Annunciation to shepherds and shepherdess
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Hours of the Virgin: Terce

fol. 91r:

  1. W.281, fol. 91r
  2. Title: Adoration of the Magi
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Hours of the Virgin: Sext

fol. 97r:

  1. W.281, fol. 97r
  2. Title: Presentation in the Temple
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Hours of the Virgin: None

fol. 103r:

  1. W.281, fol. 103r
  2. Title: Flight into Egypt
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Hours of the Virgin: Vespers

fol. 112r:

  1. W.281, fol. 112r
  2. Title: Coronation of the Virgin
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Hours of the Virgin: Compline

fol. 119r:

  1. W.281, fol. 119r
  2. Title: King David penitent
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Seven Penitential Psalms

fol. 143r:

  1. W.281, fol. 143r
  2. Title: Crucifixion with thieves
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Hours of the Cross

fol. 155r:

  1. W.281, fol. 155r
  2. Title: Pentecost
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Devotional sequence: Hours of the Holy Spirit

fol. 167r:

  1. W.281, fol. 167r
  2. Title: Funeral service
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Office of the Dead

fol. 228r:

  1. W.281, fol. 228r
  2. Title: Trinity
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Suffrages: Trinity

fol. 230r:

  1. W.281, fol. 230r
  2. Title: St. Michael battling devils
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Suffrages: St. Michael

fol. 231r:

  1. W.281, fol. 231r
  2. Title: St. John the Baptist
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Suffrages: St. John the Baptist

fol. 232r:

  1. W.281, fol. 232r
  2. Title: St. John the Evangelist
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Suffrages: St. John the Evangelist

fol. 233r:

  1. W.281, fol. 233r
  2. Title: St. Bartholomew revered by male manuscript owner
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Suffrages: St. Bartholomew

fol. 234r:

  1. W.281, fol. 234r
  2. Title: St. Christopher carrying Christ-Child
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Suffrages: St. Christopher

fol. 236r:

  1. W.281, fol. 236r
  2. Title: St. Antony nourished by angel
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Suffrages: St. Antony

fol. 237r:

  1. W.281, fol. 237r
  2. Title: St. Mary Magdalene, Assumption
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Suffrages: St. Mary Magdalene

fol. 239r:

  1. W.281, fol. 239r
  2. Title: St. Catherine
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Suffrages: St. Catherine

fol. 241r:

  1. W.281, fol. 241r
  2. Title: St. Avia given Communion by Virgin
  3. Form: Miniature
  4. Text: Devotional sequence


The binding is not original.

Eighteenth-century red morocco with gilt dentelle floral and foliate decoration on the sides and gilt guilloche pattern on the board-edges; the spine has four raised bands with floral and foliate decoration


Completed in northeastern France in the first half of the fifteenth century (Calendar and litany; miniatures linked with works of by Bedford Master, Master of Morgan 453, and illuminators active in Amiens); male patron is featured on fol. 233r, and his coats of arms throughout.

Thomas Malet of Berlettes and his wife, Jeanne of Lannoy, environs of Lille, owned the book as of ca. 1435-40 (arms of Thomas Malet of Berlettes on fols. 15, 17, 19, 31, 64, 112, 143, 230; arms of Jeanne of Lannoy on fol. 112; both arms on fols. 15 and 19)

Rebound in Belgium in the eighteenth century

Alfred H. Huth (d. 1910), London, owned before 1910

Sold at Sotheby's, London, June 12, 1913 (lot no. 3803)

Léon Gruel, Paris (offer of sale in a letter to Henry Walters dated June 13, 1913, in curatorial files)

Henry Walters bought the book from Gruel and kept it in his house in New York; brought to the gallery in Baltimore, March 7, 1921


Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest


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Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Catalogers: Ransom, Allison; Valle, Chiara

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Contributors: Brown, Emily; Emery, Doug; Noel, William; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.; Valle, Chiara; Wiegand, Kimber


The Walters Art Museum


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