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Gordan MS 22 [Germany?], s. XV


1. f. i verso Three unidentified capitula lacking first initial and rubrication.
f. 1r Three capitula, one each for: prime at feasts during Advent, Quadragesima, Sundays, and the Vigil of the Nativity; feasts outside of Advent and Quadragesima; and private feasts.
ff. 1v-4v Prayers and antiphons for Prime for these feasts; a capitulum for other feasts during the week; a capitulum for miscellaneous Sundays, followed by more prayers and antiphons.

2. ff. 5r-24r Psalms and antiphons for Prime, Monday through Saturday. Antiphons in a later hand in the upper margin. f. 24v ruled but blank.

3. ff. 25r-28r Prime for the Office of the Virgin (including capitulum, prayers, psalms, etc.).

4. ff. 28r-43v Psalms and antiphons for Terce, Sext, and None during Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday-Saturday.

5. ff. 43v-66v Psalms, responses, and antiphons for Vespers Sunday-Saturday. Antiphons with 4-stave musical notation added to lower margin later.

6. ff. 67r-v Antiphons, with 4-stave musical notation, for the Feasts of the Virgin, Martyrs, One Martyr, Confessors, and Virgins; written in the same hand as the marginal antiphons in article 5. ff. 68r-70r blank; f. 70v ruled but blank.

7. ff. 71v-72r Antiphons, written later in another hand, for the Magnificat at first and second Vespers, antiphons and psalms for Vespers by cue for the following feasts: Common of Apostles, Martyrs, One Martyr, Confessors, and Virgins. v. 72v prayer in a fifth hand: Deus creator omnium polique...[Repertorium Hymnologicum v. 1; V. Chevalier, ed. (Louvain, 1892) 4426].

Parchment (thick and either rough or furry) f. i (contemporary parchment) + 72 + i (contemporary parchment), 139 x 97 (98 x 63) mm., written in 16 ruled lines with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines in ink. Occasional prickings visible in margins.

I-IX8. Remnants of quire and leaf signatures visible in lower right corner, recto in quire 3. Vertical catchwords in lower right margin, verso are visible in quires 2, 5, and 7.

The text in articles 1-5 written by several hands in a gothic textualis below the top line. Other hands have added to the text as noted above.

3-line blue initials with simple cut-outs begins the text on ff. 25r and 43v. Other 2-line initials alternating blue and red throughout. Rubrication in red ends on f. 38v, instructions to rubricator often visibile in lower margin throughout.

Binding:  Contemporary brown leather stamped with circular stamps containing roses, fleur de lys, and crowns in a diamond pattern over wood boards with a brass clasp on the back board and traces of a clasp on the front; remains of a leather strap visible. Spine cracked and worn.

Probably written in Germany in the 15th century. In the collection of Leander van Ess, of Darmstadt; obtained in 1824 by Sir Thomas Phillipps (Phillipps number 542 on front cover under Balken bookplate; his Middle Hill stamp on front flyleaf); his sale (London, 1910, n. 265, catalogue entry glued to front cover) to Tregaskis; Edward Duff Balken collection (bookplate), Pittsburgh. Obtained from Maggs (Cat. 542, 1930, n. 206) by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate, census no. in lead), and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: Exaudi

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 1680-81, no. 22.

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