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MS 32 Bruges, s. XVmed

Radnor hours, use of Rome

1. ff. 1r-6v Calendar of Bruges in red and black, about half full.

Among saints listed: Aldegundis (30 Jan), Amandi et Vedasti (6 Feb., in red), translatio Elegii (25 June, in red), Nichasii (14 Dec., in red).

2. ff. 7r-9v Short Hours of the Holy Cross.

3. ff. 10r-11v Short Hours of the Holy Spirit.

4. ff. 12r-18v Mass of the Virgin, use of Rome.

Text begins defectively with the Psalm verse of the Introit: //sentiant omnes juvamen quicumque celebrant tuam commemorationem...

5. ff. 18v-23v Obsecro te... [masculine forms; Leroquais LH 2.346-47];

O Intemerata... [Wilmart, 488-90]; Salve Regina... [RH 22]; Concede nos famulos tuos...

6. ff. 24r-53v Hours of the Virgin, use of Rome.

7. ff. 54r-64v Penitential Psalms and Litany.

Among the saints: Clete, Clemens, Corneli, Blasi, Eligi, Felicitas, Clara, Ursula, Petronilla, Gertrudis, Elisabeth.

8. ff. 65r-75r Office of the Dead, use of Rome, only one Nocturn.

The responses to the three lessons at Matins are: 1. Credo quod, 2. Qui Lazarum, 3. Domine quando.

7. ff. 75r Suffrage to St. Sebastian, added in a later hand.

f. 76r blank except for single bounding line in left margin; f. 76v blank.

Parchment. ff. 76, modern foliation, 147 x 105 (85 x 55) mm. Written in 18 lines, ruled in red ink with single vertical bounding lines, full length. Calendar four columns, the third blank, 33 ruled lines, single vertical bounding lines separate the columns. Remains of prickings in outer margin.

I6, II8 (-6), III-IX8, X6 (+1 folio added, f. 74).

Written by a single scribe in a neat textualis rotunda.

Full foliage borders bounded with red ink surround the text on ff. 7r, 10r, 24r, 54r, 65r with penwork vine-stems, fruit, and flowers embellished with gold leaves and red, blue, pink, and green fruit and flowers. A double frame, the outer frame gold, the inner red with a thin white line, both outlined in black, separates the text from the border on the bottom and both sides. Red and blue acanthus leaves extend from the top and bottom outside corners of the frame into the border. The top inside corner of the frame meets in either a magenta or blue initial embellished with white penwork; initial is outlined in black on a gold ground also framed in black. Inside the initial are red, black, and white intertwined vines terminating in red or blue foliage.

There are seven 5-line gold initials, each on a black-framed, shaped ground. The ground is half-magenta, half-blue with white accents. In the interior of each letter is the opposite ground on which white pen flourishes intertwine. Extending from these initials are sparse penwork vines with magenta and blue flowers and gold leaves. Additionally, the text is decorated by numerous 3- and 2-line initials, including KL monograms in the calendar, in the same style with small penwork flourishes extending from the outer corners. There are many 1-line initials on each page, gold or blue in a red or black embellished penwork frame, often with small penwork extenders. Rubrics in red throughout. The presence of stubs before the major text sections suggest that illustrations once accompanied this text.

Binding: Fifteenth-century original binding, leather over oak boards with remnants of clasps on upper board.

Written around 1450-60 in the Bruges region, Western Flanders according to Roger Wieck who examined the manuscript. Early provenance unknown. Illegible writing on inside front cover. In upper margin of f. 1r in a later hand "nali 25 di settember me nato Carlo mio figliolo nel ano 1526." Given to Bryn Mawr College by Radnor High School, Radnor, Pennsylvania in 1984.


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