Prayers written and illuminated by nuns: a Hungarian prayer book with a Latin title and a German text

Preces Propriae Singulis Horis Diei et Noctis

Preces Propriae Singulis Horis Diei et Noctis

Preces Propriae Singulis Horis Diei et Noctis

  1. The 5 x 7 cm manuscript was created in 1640 by members of the Order of Saint Claire, but the specific cloister is unknown

  2. Sister Maria Anna von Thanhausen served as the scribe and Sister Maria Leonora Jergerin as illustrator

  3. Although it has a Latin title, the text of this Hungarian manuscript is written in German

Preces Propriae Singulis Horis Diei et Noctis

Preces Propriae Singulis Horis Diei et Noctis – 118 J 51 – Pannonhalmi Főapátsági Könyvtár (Pannonhalma, Hungary)
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Short Description

This is an unusual work of art, created in a time when the handwritten manuscript had fallen out of popularity and was only produced in monastic scriptoria for their own purposes, or for members of royal families still commissioning them as displays of piety and wealth. This is likely one of the last books of hours to be made, and even though the nuns who created it are identified, its place of origin remains unknown. The 17th century Hungarian manuscript has a complex identity and mysterious origins.

Preces Propriae Singulis Horis Diei et Noctis

This splendid book of hours originated long after such handwritten and illuminated works had been replaced by printed books with graphic woodcuts or copperplates. Although it has a Latin title, the text of this a Hungarian manuscript is written in German. It was created in a monastic community, a cloister to be more precise, and although the names of the nuns who made it are known, the precise place of origin is not. Nevertheless, it now resides in the Library of the Archabbey of Pannonhalma in northwestern Hungary, which has been its home since the third quarter of the 19th century. The manuscript’s whereabouts before then are unknown, aside from a note indicating that it was gifted by Abbess Maria Columba von Stadl to Sister Francisca de St. Aloysio von Lamberg in 1753. The book of hours does contain some notes giving an unusual amount of information concerning its genesis: it was created in 1640 by members of the Order of Saint Claire, the texts were written by Sister Maria Anna von Thanhausen and were then illustrated by Sister Maria Leonora Jergerin, both of whom appear to have been working under the direction of Sister Beatrix. The codex’s current brown leather binding originates from the 18th century and sumptuously protects the tiny, gorgeous 5 x 7 cm manuscript.

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Preces Propriae Singulis Horis Diei et Noctis – 118 J 51 – Pannonhalmi Főapátsági Könyvtár (Pannonhalma, Hungary)
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Preces Propriae Singulis Horis Diei et Noctis Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Pytheas Books – Budapest, 2013
Limited Edition
100 copies
Binding
Brown leather binding with gold embossing and copper clasps
Commentary
1 volume by Balázs Sztulik-Kniesl
Language: Hungarian
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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