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MS 22 France, s. XV2

Castle hours # 5, use of Paris

1. f. 1r-v Hymn Ave verum, written in a later hand.

2. ff. 2r-11v Calendar of Paris, in French

with a feast for every day; graded in red, blue, and brown. February and December missing. Among saints listed: Geneviefve (3 Jan. in blue and 26 Nov.); Maur (Jan 15); Landri (10 June); Turin (July 13); Louis (25 Aug. in red); Denis (9 Oct. in blue); Clement (23 Nov. in blue).

3. ff. 12v-18v Gospel Pericopes and Passion of St. John.

ff. 12v-16v John 1. 1-14; Luke 1. 26-38; Matthew 2. 1-12; Mark 16. 14-20; beginning defectively at John 1. 13: // neque ex voluntate carnis, neque ex voluntate viri, sed ex Deo nati sunt... ; f. 17r-18v the Passion according to John (18.1-42) followed by Deus qui manus tuas et pedes tuos et totum corpus tuum [Leroquais, LH 1.34].

4. ff. 19r-26v

Obsecro te... [masculine forms; Leroquais, LH 2.346-47] and O intemerata... [Leroquais, LH 2.336-37].

5. ff. 27r-61v Hours of the Virgin, use of Paris.

Text badly mutilated at beginning and throughout. Matins begins in second lesson: //Cecos cordium oculos... lacuna between ff. 39 and 40, text breaks off after seventh lesson and resumes in Te deum: // terra veneratur... Lauds begins at f. 41, wanting hymn and first psalm: //benedicta tu in mulieribus, lacuna after f. 46, text ends in fifth Psalm: ...ipse mandavit et creata sunt// and resumes in the sixth : //exsultent in rege suo. Lauds ends at f. 50v in third prayer: ... ecclesiam tuam quaesumus domine// Prime begins on f. 51r in first hymn: //quod viri corporis ex illebata virgine nascendo formam sumpseris... and ends at f. 53 in third psalm: ... ego autem in multitudine misericordiae tuae//. Final antiphon, capitulum, and prayers wanting; Terce and Sext missing. None begins on f. 54r: //magnificavit deus facere... and ends after the capitulum. Vespers begins in hymn on f. 55r //bona cuncta posce... and ends before third prayer at f. 57v. Compline begins incompletely in the first psalm //tuum et in tabernacula tua...

6. ff. 61r-64v Short Hours of the Cross.

Begins and ends defectively: //dominis terra adoret te deus... ad complectorium //

7. ff. 65r-96v Office of the Dead, use unidentified.

Begins and ends defectively: //in anima mea dolorem in corde meo per diem... Ipsi vero in vanum quaesierunt animam meam, introibunt in in// Responses to the lessons at Matins are: 1. Qui lazarum, 2. Credo quod, 3. Heu michi, 4. Ne recorderis, 5. Domini quando, 6. Peccantem, 7. Domine secundum, 8. Memento, 9. Libera me.

Parchment. ff. ii (contemporary paper) + iv (modern parchment) + 96 + iv (modern parchment) + ii (contemporary paper), modern foliation, 181 x 117 (92 x 58) mm. Written in 15 lines, ruled in red ink with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines, full length; calendar is double ruled for vertical divisions.

Collation impossible due to number of missing leaves and fragile condition of text.

Written by a single scribe in textualis quadrata.

Text is badly mutilated, no illuminations remain, although the number and location of the text lacunae suggest past presence. Surviving decoration includes one 3-line (f. 19r) and numerous 2-line burnished gold initials with spidery penwork extensions: vine stems embellished with gold, pink, and blue leaves and flowers. Initials are on a dull pink and blue letter-shaped ground decorated with white pen lines; ground framed in black. 1-line line fillers, either the same design or 1-line flowers in pink, blue, and gold with black penwork. Headings in red throughout. Much of the gold has worn off, especially on the leaves in the extensions, showing gesso. Traces of a pale green in the penwork extensions on f. 64v suggest green was also used and has worn off. Some fading and smearing of the black and red inks has occurred.

Binding: eighteenth-century gold-tooled, acid-stained calf. On spine in gold: "Heures".

Written in the Paris/Rouen region of France in about 1430. Early provenance unknown. The name "M. DeVilleroy," and "Villeroy," occur in the top or the bottom margin on several leaves throughout the text in a later hand; on f. 1r: "Villeroy / Jacques," on 9v: "Villeroy 1755". On f. ii recto in a modern hand: "Offert par M. Long Depaquit." Bookplate: "Ex libris CP". In the collection of Ethelinda Schaefer Castle of Hawaii, and given by bequest to Bryn Mawr College in 1971.


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