Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library
MASS AND OFFICE OF LAWRENCE AND OF THE DEAD1. pp. 1-5: [recto of the first leaf unnumbered; its verso, with a full page miniature of Lawrence, paginated as “1.” Proper of the Mass for the feast of Lawrence; p. 2, Introit:] Confessio et pulcritudo in conspectu eius… 2. pp. 6-16: Kyrie eleyson…; Gloria in excelsis deo…; Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus…; Agnus Dei…; Credo in unum deum… 3. pp. 16-41: [Office of Lawrence at vespers of the vigil and at matins:] In vigilia sancti Laurentii ad vesperas antiphana [sic], Laurentius ingressus est martir et confessus est… 4. pp. 41-68: Office of the Dead, use of Rome. 5. p. 69: [The first verse of the responsorial psalm of matins, Ps. 94:] Venite exultemus domino…[pp. 70-72, ruled but blank] 6. p. 73: [K]irie eleison. [C]hriste eleison. [K]irie eleison. 7. pp. 74-85: [Mass for the Dead; Introit:] Requiem eternam dona eis domine… Parchment and paper (watermark scarcely visible in the gutter), pp. ii (modern parchment) + 25 (parchment) + 26-73 (paper) + 74-85 (parchment) + ii (modern parchment); 329 × 240 (265 × 165) mm. 14(-1) 24(-3, 4; no loss of text) 36(through p. 25) 4-94 106(pp. 74-85). 6 lines of text and music, ruled in lead on the parchment leaves and in dry point on the paper leaves. Written by 3 scribes: i, pp. 2-19 and 74-85 in a round gothic script; ii, pp. 20-25, in a round gothic script; iii, pp. 26-73 in a late humanistic script. Musical notation on red 4-line staves. Full page miniature on p. 1 (the verso of the first leaf, an added singleton) of Lawrence, with face badly rubbed, holding a book and his gridiron, on a gold and red background with a mosaic border. Opening initial, 55 × 60 mm., in patterned blue and yellow on a gold ground with infilling and C-shaped border of acanthus leaves in blue, pink, green, orange and gold. On p. 74, historiated initial, 58 × 58 mm., in pink and yellow, depicting an insect-covered skeleton with a snake crawling through it; C-shaped border as above. On f. 16, similar initial, 34 × 38 mm. Secondary initials on pp. 2-19, 74-85 alternating in blue with careful red beading and harping or in red with blue; 1-line initials within the text washed in yellow. Secondary initials on pp. 20-69 in plain red. Eighteenth century pagination in red ink beginning on the verso of the first leaf and ending at 60; the following 5 leaves foliated in the same hand; the remaining leaves neither paginated or foliated. Pagination extended throughout the volume for consistency in this description. Bound, 1972, in quarter calf over wooden boards with a fore edge clasp; formerly bound in eighteenth century parchment. Written in Italy in the fifteenth century; the portion on paper, pp. 26-73, added in the eighteenth century. A catalogue description in French is affixed to the front pastedown; De Ricci states the manuscript to have been described in a German catalogue, ca. 1900. Date and source of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown.
Italy, s. XV and s. XVIII
Secundo folio: [p. 4] Levita laurentiusBibliography: De Ricci, 91.
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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