For a long time it was thought that this book of hours from the KB collection is the one mentioned in an archival record from 1455, in which Philip the Good orders a payment to be made to Jean Le Tavernier for grisailles. However, recent research has shown that this reference actually is to another book of hours in Philips' library. The manuscript has, at a certain point, probably around 1500, been enlarged by adding new texts and images. The scribe and illuminator of the additions have done their utmost to make them as similar as possible to the existing ones. The book holds no less than 165 miniatures; 126 of them can be ascribed to Jean le Tavernier or an associate; the remaining 39 are by the anonymous illuminator of the additions, who is known as the 'Master of the Prayer Books of c.1500'. In the list below, all images are listed with their maker.
The Book of Hours has been in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek's collection since 1832. It entered the library from the collection of the Belgian historian G.J. Gérard, who at the end of the eighteenth century was the librarian of the Burgundian library. He died in 1814, and four years later his manuscripts collection was offered for sale to King Willem I by his widow. It was purchased for 7000 guilders and placed in National Archives. In 1832, the Book of Hours, together with more than 400 other manuscripts from Gérard's collection, was transferred to the KB. Gérard bought the book at the auction of the books of Mme de Montfort, canon of the Chapter of St. Waudru at Mons; it is unknown how the manuscript from the Burgundian collection ended up in Mme de Montfort's library.