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Northern Italy, s. XV
ff. 1-58: Gradual, as follows: ff. 1-10, feasts of the Virgin, beginning defectively; ff. 10v-17, Secundus, including a prose; ff. 17-22, Holy Spirit; ff. 22-25, Sebastian; ff. 25v-28v, Raphael; ff. 29-32v, Kyrie, Agnus dei, Gloria in excelsis deo; ff. 33-42, Mass for the Dead; f. 42r-v, added, s. XVII, Stella celi extirpavit…[RH 19438]; ff. 43-58v, sung portions of the Office of the Dead. Parchment, ff. 58; 325 × 230 (250 × 180) mm. 18(-1, 2, 3) 28 38(-4, cancelled by the scribe?) 48 54(ff. 29-32) 68 72(ff. 41-42) 8-98. Quires signed, s. XVII, in both square capitals and cursive script with letter of the alphabet in the center of the first leaf recto (“B” through “I”). 5 lines of text and music; the minims of the text between faint ink ruling; double vertical bounding lines the length of the leaf. Written in a round gothic book hand; music, in square notes, on red 4-line staves. Major initial for office of Secundus, f. 10v, the height of text and music, 60 mm., in punched gold, decorated with small red flowers, and set on a square ground of brown ink leaf designs and beading. Other major initials, also the height of text and music, in parted blue and gold, or in red and blue against penwork grounds of red alone, or of red and blue; secondary initials, slightly more than the text in height, 25 mm., alternating red and blue, with penwork of the other color up to f. 11, thereafter, red initials with brown penwork; after f. 14, the penwork usually not completed; rubrics in red. Contemporary foliation in red roman numerals, at the top of each recto through f. 13, ff. iiii-xvi. Bound in old limp parchment. Written in Italy, probably for use in Asti, to judge from the prominence accorded to St. Secundus and its later history. The manuscript remained in that area until the nineteenth century, when it belonged to members of the Morando family, who, among much other miscellaneous marginalia, signed on ff. 19v, 42v: “Morando Giovanni Maria, 1850, Nativo di Revigliasco” and “Morando Giuseppe figlio di Giovanni, 1847, Nativo di Rivigliasco.” Other marginalia by a different hand, perhaps earlier, include the name of “Jeronimus Zavorinus” on f. 58. Part of the front pastedown, apparently with ownership incription, torn away. Given to the Huntington Library by James D. Hague in 1971.
U. Chevalier, Repertorium hymnologicum (Louvain 1892-1912, Brussels 1920-21)

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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