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illumination from Gordan MS 51

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MS 30 France, s. XVmed

Havens hours, use uncertain

1. ff. 1r-42v Hours of the Virgin, use uncertain.

Text begins incompletely in first Psalm of Matins: //lutari nostro preoccupemus faciem..., ends abruptly in fourth Psalm: ... hic accipiet benedictionem a Domino: et misericordiam a Deo salutari suo//and resumes on f. 7r in the Te Deum: //Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus... Lacuna between ff. 8 and 9. Lauds begins imperfectly in the second Psalm on f. 9r: //a saeculo tu es... and breaks off at the rubric for the next Psalm on f. 9v. Lauds resumes on f. 10r in the Canticle: // et superexaltet eum in saecula... Rubric for Prime on f. 17v is followed by a lacuna; Prime begins on f. 18r at the end of the hymn: //misericordie tu nos ab hoste protege... and breaks off on f. 19v in the third Psalm: ...Bonum est sperare in domino// Prime resumes on f. 20r in the same Psalm: //justi intrabunt meam... f. 22v concludes with rubric for Terce followed by a lacuna; f. 23r begins at second Psalm: //levavi oculos meos... On f. 24v the text breaks off again in the capitulum: ... et per virginem mariam uterum// and resumes on f. 25r at the conclusion of the hymn for Sext: //hora mortis suscipe... The rubric for None on f. 28v is followed by lacuna; None begins on f. 29r at end of the hymn: //hora mortis suscipe... text ends in responses on f. 31v: Diffusa est gracia in labiis tuis// Vespers begins on f. 32r in first Psalm: //tecum pricipium in die virtutis... On f. 38v, the text ends with the rubric for Compline. Lacuna between ff. 38 and 39. Compline begins in second Psalm: //nui te domine sustinuit... Text breaks off on f. 42v at rubric for the Office of the Cross; lacuna between ff. 42 and 43.

For Prime: ant. O admirabile, cap. Virgo verbo; for None: ant. germanavit radix, cap. Felix namque.

2. ff. 43r-45v Office of the Cross begins imperfectly in hymn for Matins:

//ad pilatem... Text breaks off on f. 45v with rubric for the Office of the Holy Spirit. Lacuna between ff. 45 and 46.

3. ff. 46r-49v Office of the Holy Spirit begins imperfectly in hymn for Matins:

//fuit salutata... Text ends with rubric for prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary on f. 49v. Lacuna between ff. 49 and 50.

4. ff. 50r-53r Obsecro te begins imperfectly:

//misterium quod tunc operatus est... [masculine version, Leroquais, LH 2.346-7].

5. ff. 53r-54v Gospel of John (1.1-14) followed by prayer:

Protector in te sperantium deus... ut non amittamus eterna. Per// [Perdrizet, 25]. Lacuna between ff. 54 and 55.

6. ff. 55r-65v Penitential Psalms begin imperfectly in first Psalm:

//lavabo per singulas noctes lectum meum... Text interrupted at completion of fifth Psalm but resumes again in sixth Psalm on f. 64r: //omnis vivens. Quia persecutus...

7. ff. 65v-67v Litany of the Saints.

Line, Clete, Sixte, Gervasi, Prothasi, Fabiane, Cosina, Blasi, Eutropi, Marcelle. Text breaks off at end of f. 67v. Lacuna between ff. 67 and 68.

8. ff. 68r-92v Office of the Dead beginning at the second Nocturn:

//In loco pascue... Text breaks off in the fourth lesson at f. 73v: ... et arbitraris// and resumes in the fifth lesson at f. 74r: //permanet et dignum ducis... At f. 81v text interrupted again in the third Psalm of the third Nocturn: ... Dum dicunt michi per// and resumes on f. 82r in seventh lesson: //post tenebras spero lucem... On f. 88v text breaks off in second Psalm of Lauds: ... muliplicasti locu// and resumes on f. 89r in Canticle: //nobis in domo David... On f. 90v text ends in midst of final Psalm: factis manuum// and resumes on f. 91r at the end of Psalm: //vus tuus sum. f. 93r-v, ruled but blank.

Parchment. f. ii (paper) + ii (parchment, ii=original pastedown) + 93 + ii (parchment, ii=original pastedown) + ii (paper), 202 x 150 (100 x 72) mm. Written in 14 lines, ruled in red ink, single vertical bounding lines, full across.

Collation uncertain due to substantial mutilation.

Written by a single scribe in textualis quadrata.

Although the text is badly mutilated, the remaining decoration is of a very high quality. Each leaf is illuminated with side border in outer margin; the verso a mirror image of the recto. The border is a black penwork tracery of leaves and flowers, the leaves gold, the flowers red or blue with white. Superimposed on this is a single, more naturalistic spray of acanthus leaves, flowers, or fruit. These sprays are subtly colored with pink, lavender, light green, light blue and highlighted with both gold and silver leaf, the gold traced with either red or black, the silver with black. 2- and 1-line initials and line-fillers are gold on maroon or pink and blue ground with white penwork; both the initial and the ground are outlined in black. In a few cases, both the initials themselves and the ground are extended dramatically into either the top or the bottom margin following an exaggerated letter-shape (i.e., f. 19r, 23v, 24r, 29v, 53r). Rubrication in gold throughout.

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled tan calf. Both front and back covers detached from spine, which has almost disintegrated.

Written in Northern France about 1450. Early provenance unknown. Ownership note on f. iv: "Abbé [Dourout]/ Curé deVer et/ [Lugne]. Bookplate of Edward H. Williams. Given to Bryn Mawr College by Dr. and Mrs. W. Paul Havens in 1981.


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