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Catholic Church. Liturgy.  Manuscript on vellum, in Latin. France (Brittany?): , ca. 1350(?). Folio (31 20 cm; 12.25" x 7.75" ). [1] f.
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A partial leaf from a liturgical manuscript, probably a church service book. The text on the recto is in a single column of 12 lines with ten 4–line staves, ruled in red with neumes in black, and on the verso in a single column of 33 lines (no staves) ruled in red.
        The recto has text and chant of prayers for celebration of the Feast of [Saint] Mary Magdalene (22 July): The rubric reading “Sancte marie ma-/-gdalene ad primas vesperas super psalmos diei. antyphon,” lines 1–2) and the text beginning “Maria pio coniuncta ihesu osculando pedes . . .” (line 3). The verso contains a list of prayers (mainly collects?) for celebrating the feasts of a number of saints and occasions, including the feasts of Saints Peter and Paul (“In Octaua Apostolorum Petri et Pauli,” lines 3–8); “Sanctorum Septem Fratrum” (“[De] Septem fratrem martirum”, lines 16–19); the translation of Saint Benedict (“[In] translacio sancti benedicti abbatis et confessoris,” lines 20–21); Saint Thuriam (“[De] Sancti thuriam episcopi et confessoris,” lines 29–30); Saint Arnulf (“[De] Sancti arnulphi episcopi et martiris,” lines 30–31); Saint Arsenius (May 8) (“[De] Sancti arsenij abbatis et confessoris,” lines 31–32); and Saint Margaret (“[De] Sancte margarete virgine et martiris” lines 32–33).
        The text is written in a Gothic textura book hand of good quality in two grades of formality: the text on the recto and that of larger size on the verso is written in textualis quadrata (minims have consistently applied feet), while the text of smaller size on the verso is written in the slightly less formal textualis semi-quadrata (although some minims have feet, others are simply rounded off). As should be expected there is frequent use of abbreviations including both contractions and suspensions (“-us,” “-rum” and “-bus” abbreviations), although with a general preference for "et" in full. The music for the chant (on the recto) is written in => neumes.
        The recto has a single large initial “M” in red (the height of one stave plus one line), marking the opening of the chant for “Maria pio communita oscilando. . . . ” and on the verso are six large 2–line initials in alternating red and blue (D[eus], S[anctoru(m)], P[resta], D[eus], C[onserua], and D[eus]), marking the beginning of liturgical sections; the outside portion of each initial was lost to cropping when the leaf was recycled as binding material. The rubrics and liturgical signposts (e.g., “oratio”) are in red, including antiphons on recto and Orations, Chapters, Collects, Hymns, Antiphons, Responds and Versicles on verso, with other liturgical signposts underlined in red.

This leaf was used as binding waste in making up a volume half its size, to which end it was heavily cut down to a size just smaller than the text block and rotated horizontally. A crease running horizontally across the middle of the leaf shows the mark (location) of the spine of that volume. => Instructive, and visually striking.  (37285)   Please RESHELVE This.


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