Summerfield C65: Personalized Devotion

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Summerfield C65: Personalized Devotion


Several changes personalized Summerfield C65 after its initial printing, ranging from the painting of several printed images and rubrics to the inscriptions added by subsequent owners. Among the most distinctive of these is the insertion of a round illumination of Saint Christopher taken from an unknown source. Saint Christopher, the martyred saint of travelers who famously carried the Christ child across a river, thus earning the name Christopher, or “Christ-bearer,” is stitched in adjacent to an original image of Saint Christopher, amplifying his visual and devotional power. It is unknown why the owner added a second image of the saint to this Book of Hours, but we can deduce that Christopher was significant to whoever owned the small-scale painting and this printed book. The image is sewn in precisely, with the knowledge that viewers would see the neat square of stitching on the reverse page. Sewing in this token further personalized this Book of Hours for its owner and may have served as an act of devotion.


Summerfield C65


Spencer Research Library Special Collections, University of Kansas


c. 1505


Book of Hours


Spencer Research Library Special Collections, Summerfield C65, fol. kvv

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Ink on vellum, printed Book of Hours


Image 5 (the one).JPG


“Summerfield C65: Personalized Devotion,” Books of Hours: The Art of Devotion, accessed January 28, 2021, /items/show/12.