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MS 36 Spain, s. XVex?

Canaday gradual

ff. 1r-136v Feria iiii in capite iieuniidum cineres ponuntur.

Inc.: Exaudi nos domine quoniam benigna est misericordia tua secundum multitudinem miserationum...

Expl.: Exaltatio sancte crucis. Hymnus. Crux fidelis inter omnes arbor una//

Gradual, with masses from Ash Wednesday through the liturgy for Good Friday, ends incompletely in the Crux Fidelis. Leaves have been excised between ff. 45 and 46; text missing from Wednesday in the second week of Lent, breaking off in the Introit at: Ne derelinquas me, Domine, deus meus// and resuming in the Gradual for the same day // [here]ditati tuae... Second lacuna between ff. 129 and 130; text breaks off in the Offeratory at Holy Thursday: non moriar sed uiuam// and resumes at the Tract for Good Friday: //consideraui opera tua et expaui...

Parchment, ff. 136, 528 x 393 (437 x 262) mm, contemporary foliation in red Roman numerals in the upper right, recto, above the top stave; eighteenth-century foliation in black, written in the lower right-hand margin. Contemporary foliation includes missing leaves, but the later foliation is continuous, taking no account of the lacunae; double vertical bounding lines, full length, in hardpoint or ink. Seven five-line staves on each page. Remains of prickings visible at outer margins.

I4, II2, III-VI8, VII8 (-8), VIII-XIII8, XIV4, XV-XVIII8, XIXIII8 (-1).

Written by several scribes in a late, liturgical gothic hand.

Five-line initials begin each major text division, either a bright blue initial on a decorative red ground or a red initial on a decorative dark blue ground. Lesser text divisions are marked with 5-line black initials, each initial made by intertwining two or three black lines. Staves are red with square black notes. Rubrication throughout. Guide letters for rubricator visible next to painted initials.

Parchment is brittle and much repaired, the first two leaves have the lower third of the page cut away with some loss of text; a poor-quality yellow parchment has been sewn and glued on as a repair. Further crude repairs with no loss of text recur throughout.

Binding: Contemporary brown leather over oak boards. Top board split, leather in poor repair, particularly on spine. Large fretted brass bosses, corner pieces, clasps missing. Paper label on spine illegible. On front cover in black ink: "2o".

Written at the end of the fifteenth century, considering the five-line stave probably in Spain. The text is devoid of any identifying marks. Provenance unknown; given to Bryn Mawr Library by the Canaday family.

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