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Gordan MS 36 Germany, s. XV

Biblical concordance, etc.

1. ff. 1r-169r Inc.: Abba pater omnia possibilia sunt tibi marci 14o deinceps Expl.: Quo in diebus illis edificauerunt domum et exaltauerunt templum sanctum domino paratum in gloria sempiterna. Ibid. Quam nobis conceditur.

A Biblical concordance from Abbas to Zorobabel.

2. ff. 169v-171v Inc.: Hic sequuntur aliqua supplementa in suis locis superius dimissa. Aaron sacerdos ascendit in montem hor iubente domino. . .

Expl.: Phiton. [In margin] Uir siue mulier, in quibus phitonicus uel diuinationis spiritus fuerit morte moriantur. lapidibus obruent eos Sanguis eorum sit super illos. levitici 20 deinceps f. 172 ruled but blank.

Supplement to article 1 from Aaron to Phiton.

3. ff. 173r-179v Incipit tabula evangeliorum et epistolarum de tempore et de sanctis officii misse secundum ordinem carthusiensem precipue domus sancte barbare. Dominica prima aduentus domini . . .

A table for the liturgical year of cues for Gospel and Epistle readings for the temporal and sanctoral arranged for the use of the Carthusian Order at the Charterhouse of St. Barbara in Cologne.

4. f. 180v Table dividing the books of the Old and New Testaments into four parts. Followed by two prayers one by Cassiodorus [Cassiodorus libro suo institutionum diuinarum litterarum capitulo ultimo sic habet: presta domine legentibus. . . sanguine redemisti amen.] PL70, p. 1148-49, the other by Bede [Beda Te deprecor bone ihesu: ut cui spiritus. . . semper ante faciem tuam Amen] Complete works of Venerable Bede; J. A. Giles, ed. (London, 1843) v. 3, p. 318.

Paper (watermarks: similar to Briquet Lettre P 8608), ff. i (contemporary parchment) + 180 + i (contemporary parchment), 212 x 145 (168 x 96) mm., written in 33 ruled lines with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines in lead. Occasional prickings visible in top and bottom margin.

I-XV12. Remnants of quire and leaf signatures visible in lower right corner, recto.

Written by a single scribe in a neat hybrida above the top line.

Small, plain, 2-line red initial begins concordance; paragraph markers, sentence strokes in red; titles, cited words underlined in red.

The top half of the front flyleaf has been excised.

Binding: Contemporary German; binding lining (see below) suggests that the ms probably was bound in the Charterhouse bindery. Plain brown calf over wood boards with two split fasteners on front and two square fasteners with remains of leather straps on back board. Spine is cracked and worn with five bands; head and foot sewn in the leather. On black leather label on spine in gold: "Tabula/ Evangeliorum/ Phillipps MS. 650", on paper labels: "OO", "[several words uncertain] secundum ordinem Alphabeti". Goodhart number "36" in ink on paper label taped to spine.

Written in Germany in the 15th century. From the library of the Charterhouse of St. Barbara, Cologne (New shelf number 00 98); a fragment of a parchment deed from 1408 issued by Roland of Luysteringen, Prior of St. Barbara's has been used as a binding lining. In the collection of Leander van Ess, of Darmstadt; obtained in 1824 by Sir Thomas Phillipps (n. 650 on front flyleaf); his sale (Sotheby 1910, n. 160; catalogue entry glued to inside cover). In the collection of William B. Gourley; his sale (New York, 4 Nov. 1936, n. 540) to Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate, census no. in lead); and given by Goodhart to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: qui non est

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 1684, no. 36. Richard Bruce Marks, The Medieval Manuscript Library of the Charterhouse of St. Barbara in Cologne; Analecta Cartusiana vol. 22, James Hogg, ed. (Salzburg, 1974) 385.

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