Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library
DEVOTIONS1. f. 1r-v: [misbound] Suffrages of Augustine and Catherine of Siena. 2. ff. 2-15v: Penitential psalms beginning defectively in Ps. 31, 2, and litany including Matthias (in red ink) among the apostles; Augustine, Dominic (twice) and Louis (of Toulouse?; all in red ink) among the confessors; Catherine (of Alexandria?), Ursula, Apollonia, Odilia and Catherine of Siena (all in red ink) among the virgins; leaf missing after f. 9 with beginning of litany. 3. ff. 16-19: Prayers. [f. 19v, ruled, but blank] 4. ff. 20-49: Office of the Dead, Dominican use. [f. 49v, ruled, but blank] 5. ff. 50-58: Prayers, beginning and ending defectively, and including on ff. 55v-57v a prayer headed Oratio ad patronos ordinis nostri dedicata (to Dominic, Peter martyr, Thomas Aquinas, Vincent Ferrer, Catherine of Siena) and on f. 57v, a prayer to Matthias. [ff. 58v-59v, ruled, but blank] 6. ff. 60-67: Prayers. [ff. 67v-68v, ruled, but blank] 7. ff. 69-71: [added by a contemporary hand] Ave mitis Imperatrix/ Ave vite Restauratrix…[RH 1965; 18 stanzas of 4 verses each, each verse per stanza beginning with the same letter]. 8. ff. 71v-76: [added in a later hand] Prayers. [ff. 76v-78v, ruled, but blank] 9. ff. 79-87v: Seven prayers attributed to Thomas Aquinas. [f. 88r-v, ruled, but blank] 10. ff. 89-97v: Long hours of Mary Magdalene. 11. ff. 97v-106v: Prayers in hierarchical order (Angels, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Virgins, All Saints). 12. ff. 107-117: Long hours of Eternal Wisdom. 13. ff. 117-122: Prayers. [ff. 122v-123v, ruled, but blank except for later ownership note; see below] 14. ff. 124-125: Suffrages, including one of Odilia. [f. 125v, ruled, but blank] 15. ff. 126-136v: Long hours “de beato Dominico confessore patre nostro,” followed by prayers to Dominic and Catherine of Siena. 16. ff. 136v-144: Prayers and gospel readings for various canonical hours, including 2 prayers attributed to Thomas Aquinas; f. 144v [added by a contemporary hand] Sanctus Gregorius papa hic scripsit karolo magno, Balsamus et cera munda cum crismatis unda…[RH 24055?] 17. ff. 145-150: Short hours of Catherine of Alexandria, followed by prayers to Catherine of Alexandria and to Vincent Ferrer. 18. ff. 150-153: Prayers. [f. 153v, ruled, but blank] 19. ff. 154-166v: Long hours against sin, followed by prayers to Louis confessor (of Toulouse?), Apollonia, the Holy Spirit. 20. ff. 166v-172v: Prayers for the dead, preceded by indulgences of Pius II and John IV; litany for the dead. [f. 173r-v, ruled, but blank] 21. ff. 174-185: Fifteen O’s of St. Bridget, followed by a prayer to Jesus, Domine ihesu criste fili dei vivi ad honorem et gloriam tremende passionis…me indignum famulum tuum ludowicum [the name in red ink] dignare absolvere… 22. ff. 185v-191v: Metrical hours of the Passion, beginning Gloria tibi domine Qui tuo sacras lumine/ Tempora noctis medie Natus de maria virgine…[RH 27364]. 23. ff. 192-194v: Suffrages of Peter martyr, Ursula and Jerome [f. 195r-v, ruled, but blank] 24. ff. 196-207: Prayers to say before communion. [f. 207v, ruled, but blank] 25. ff. 208-216: Prayers to say after communion. [ff. 216v-217v, ruled, but blank] 26. ff. 218-226v: Incipit Sertum seu Crinale gloriose virginis Marie ex quinquaginta flosculis figurarum atque enigmatum compositum per venerabilem magistrum Iohannem parisiensem sacre Theologie professorem eximium Amen, Ave salve gaude vale o maria non vernale, sed hiis rosis spiritale…[RH 2098, here attributed to Jean Gerson, 1363-1429; 5 stanzas of 10 verses each, each verse per stanza beginning with the same letter], followed by prayers to the Virgin. [f. 227r-v, ruled, but blank] 27. ff. 228-238v: Devotions on the life of Mary and of Jesus for the rosary, followed by prayers to the Virgin. 28. ff. 239-241: Devotions for the canonical hours on the sorrows of the Virgin. [f. 241v, ruled, but blank] 29. ff. 242-243v: Prayers to Thomas Aquinas and to Barbara; ff. 243v-244v, added in a contemporary hand, prayer to Jesus; f. 245r-v, ruled, but blank except for later ownership note and pen trials (see below); on back flyleaf, s. XVI, the couplet, Walther, Initia 14318 (?) , Post hominis mortem querunt tria avide sortem/ Vult vermis carnem, animam Sathan, proximus rem. Paper (watermark, Armoiries, Fleur de lis similar to Briquet 1744, Paris 1482, Cologne 1481-94 and various other places in northeastern Europe), ff. i (modern paper) + ii (contemporary paper) + 245 + i (contemporary paper) + i (modern paper); 89 × 67 (70 × 42) mm. 110(-1, 10; 1 replaced by another leaf) 2-510 612(-1, 10 after ff. 49 and 57) 710(-9 after f. 67, probably blank) 810(through f. 78) 910(through f. 88) 1010(through f. 98) 1110(-9, 10 after f. 106) 1210 1310(-a leaf in the second half) 1410(-10 after f. 134, no loss of text) 1510(through f. 144) 1610(-1, no apparent loss of text; through f. 153) 17-1810(through f. 173) 19-2010 212(through f. 195) 2212(through f. 207) 2310(through f. 217) 2410(through f. 227) 2510 268. Quire structure and arrangement of texts show production in booklets. Quires marked in blue ink with letters of the alphabet and in pencil with numbers, both systems modern and incorrect. Usually 18 long lines, frame ruled in ink. Written by one person in a German littera cursiva with additions by 3 other people: i, ff. 69-71 and 144v, in a contemporary hand; ii, ff. 71v-76, in a sixteenth century hand; iii, ff. 243v-244v, in a contemporary hand. 6- to 1-line red initials, occasionally washed in yellow; rubrics and underlining in red. Damage to ff. 98v and 227v suggests that engravings, once pasted to these pages, have since been removed. Contemporary foliation: 49-50 (on present ff. 2-3), 68-70 (on present ff. 20-22), 99-106 (on present ff. 50-57), 108-117 (on present ff. 58-67), 119 (on present f. 68) 120-127 (on present ff. 79-86). Contemporary foliation shows 48 leaves missing at the beginning of the volume (one of which probably now mounted as f. 1), 1 leaf missing between the present ff. 3 and 20 (actually after f. 9), 1 leaf missing between the present ff. 22 and 50 (actually after f. 49), 1 leaf missing between the present ff. 57 and 58, 1 leaf missing between the present ff. 67 and 68; the discrepancy between the 2 sets of foliation at the present f. 68 (in contemporary foliation, f. 119) and the present f. 79 (in contemporary foliation, f. 120) is due to the foliator having omitted numbering the quire of then blank leaves, now ff. 69-78 (with same watermark and ruling as rest of volume). Bound, s. XV, in red leather over pasteboards, stamped with diagonal rules and an enclosed rosette; remains of a fore edge clasp, closing back to front; remains of red leather fore edge tabs; rebacked. Written in northwestern Germany (as suggested by the veneration shown to Odilia and Matthias, patrons respectively of Strasbourg and Trier), after 1461 (the date of canonization of Catherine of Siena), for and probably by a Dominican (see arts. 2, 4, 5, 9, 15, 17) whose name seems to have been Louis: on f. 184v is a prayer for “…me indignum famulum tuum ludowicum…” On f. 245, ownership note of “Frater Balthasarus Schuop anno domini 1572.” Sixteenth century ex libris of a convent, probably Dominican, in Frankfurt on f. ii, “Iste libellus pertinet ad Conventum Franckfordiciensem Anno domini 78.” Eighteenth century pressmark, presumably of the same convent, on f. iii verso, “No. 4910 C[onventus] fr[atrum] O[rdinis] P[raedicatorum].” Given after the secularization by a Professor Schütz, teacher of Latin, to his student on 16 January 1813 according to the note on f. 123, “Dieses Manuscript habe ich von meinem lateinischen Lehere herr Professor Schütz zum Geschenk bekommen <?>stag den 16ten Januar 1813”; the lower edge of this leaf cut away, possibly to remove the student’s signature. On f. i verso, “This volume was picked up on the field of Gravelotte, shortly after the battle [of the Franco-Prussian war, west of Metz, 18 August 1870] by James Audus Hirst Esq. of Adel near Leeds who gave it to his daughter Ethel Adela (Mrs. W. A. Harding).” Mrs. Harding, an author, and her husband, Walter Ambrose Harding of Madingley Hall, Cambridgeshire, died in 1942. Acquired by James Thorpe in Cambridge, England, ca. 1950; given by him to the Huntington Library in July 1983.
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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.
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