Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library
DOMINICAN BREVIARY1. ff. 1-5v: Commemorations of the Virgin, Dominic, Peter martyr, Thomas Aquinas and Vincent. 2. ff. 5v-8v: Prayers and lessons for the dead. 3. ff. 8v-10v: Office for matins. 4. ff. 10v-14: Prayers for various occasions: Zů dem frumal, Zů nacht, Zů der collacyon, Zů der metten, Umb ein regen, Umb eyn schön wetter, An der eschermitwochen und hohen dornstag uber die vii ps., An den cruztagen fur die heyligen cristenheyt. 5. ff. 14v-52: Hours of the Virgin, Dominican use; ends with the Salve Regina, a commemoration of Dominic, the gradual psalms; the changed office begins on f. 49. 6. ff. 52-129: Office, prime through compline; ff. 106v-110v, antiphons and hymns for various feasts; ff. 110v-129, changed office for the temporale, Advent through the 25th Sunday after Pentecost. 7. ff. 129v-174v: Office of the Dead, Dominican use. 8. ff. 174v-192v: Penitential psalms and litany, including James (in a display script and underlined in red) and Matthew (underlined) among the disciples; Peter among the martyrs; Dominic (twice and underlined), Thomas, Vincent, Conrad and Ulric among the confessors; Felicitas (underlined), Lucia (underlined), Ursula, Afra and Catherine among the virgins; ff. 190v-192v, alternate litany for the dead. 9. ff. 193-212v: Psalmi communes (Pss. 1-5, 8, 10, 14-15, 18, 20-25, 53, 92, 32-33, 44-46, 60, 63, 74, 86, 95-98, some by cue only). 10. ff. 212v-217v: Office of Dominic. 11. ff. 217v-238: Common of saints; ff. 233-236v, collects for various saints grouped according to their classification (one martyr, many martyrs, one confessor, etc.): a list of saints’ names is given in the rubrics, the prayers having only the generic “N.” 12. ff. 238-251: Sanctorale, Barbara (4 December) through Saturninus (29 November), including Cunigundis, Servatius, 10,000 martyrs of Mount Ararat, Henry, Sebald, Vigil of Matthew and Matthew. 13. ff. 251-257v: Offices for the Monday after the Octave of Easter and the following 4 Sundays; psalms de sancto laurentio and de passione domini; f. 258, added by 2 later hands, various antiphons, noted; f. 258v, antiphon for Agents, not noted; ff. 259-280v, paper insert, blank. Parchment, ff. x (paper, unidentified coat of arms with initials “BS” above and “F” below, s. XVII?) + 258 + 259-280 (paper as above); 110 × 79 (83 × 58) mm. 1-318 3210(through f. 258) 3314(-1) 3410(10 is pastedown). 15 long lines, ruled in light brown ink; the second line from the top and the second line from the bottom full across on some leaves, although most of the bottom lines have been worn away through use. Written in a round littera textualis; flex mark in punctuation. 8- to 6-line initials in brown ink of acanthus penwork design, some with background or highlighting in another color such as light pink, blue or red; full borders in pen and ink with leafy scrolls, sometimes enclosing simple sketches frequently cropped: f. 174v, a mask and a lion; f. 193, a jester (?); f. 212v, a satyr’s face (?) and busts of 2 rosy-cheeked monks. 3-line parted red and blue initials; 3- to 1-line initials alternating in blue and red. Music in square notation on 4-line red staves, with cabel initials filled in red. Rubrics throughout. Considerable wear on lower margins, sometimes affecting the text.Bound, s. XVI, in brown stamped calf over boards, worn and rebacked, with green edges; the remains of two leather clasps, back to front; the initials “MB” (for Margareta Burgerein; see below) added to the front cover, ca. 1700. Written in Germany in the second half of the fifteenth century, for use of Dominican nuns, as shown by the saints venerated and by the beginning of compline, f. 102, “Sorores sobrie estote…” On the front pastedown, ca. 1700: ‘S[chwester?] Margareta Burgerein zue St. Catharina in Freyburg”; also on the front pastedown, a pressmark in red ink, “C.M. XXIV,” and a label, “No. 3.” Number 67 in a modern sale by Anderson, according to De Ricci (that number in pencil in the lower left corner of the front pastedown). Source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown.
Germany, s. XV2
Secundo folio: Et non supplantabunturBibliography: De Ricci, 86.
C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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