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Medieval Manuscript Leaves

The following is a list of individual manuscript leaves held by the Special Collections & Rare Books unit of the University of Minnesota Libraries and housed in the Elmer L. Andersen Library. Each leaf has been encapsulated and placed in an enclosure. The list is in shelflist number order and it is this number that should be used when requesting a specific leaf or leaves.

Original descriptions for each leaf were taken from an existing card file, are very brief in nature, and were probably taken from dealer catalogs and descriptions.

Fuller descriptions and notes for manuscripts 11 through 20 were provided by Adrienne N. Damiani in work done for Professor E. Firchow's class (German 8751 - Paleography: Medieval Manuscript Readings). Christian McGuire, as part of his directed study with Dr. Diane C. W. Anderson, provided a revised description for Manuscript 19. Fuller description and notes for manuscripts 31 through 40 were provided by Laura Verseput in work done for Professor E. Firchow's class (German 8752). Thomas Leek, a student of Professor Firchow, provided fuller descriptions and notes for manuscripts 41 through 50. Michel van der Hoek, Professor Firchow's graduate assistant, provided fuller descriptions and notes for manuscripts 51 through 63.

Please note that these descriptions are "works in progress," may need updating or correction, and should be used with the appropriate caution. Scholars with additional information on specific manuscripts are invited to contact Tim Johnson, Curator of Special Collections & Rare books.

MS 1. Original description: Bond for 40 denarii (of Liege), dated 1286 (feast of purification), given by Basile and Mechtild, daughters of Baldwin de Molendino, to the Abbot of the monestary "de valle dei" made before Henry Albus and Florens, magistrates of (Maes) Tricht. In Latin on Vellum.
Accession number: 597803 (Purchased from Erik von Scherling on May 31, 1934 for $4.08. Source: Library acquisition ledgers, University Archives)
7.5 x 14.5 cm.
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 1
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MS 2. Original description: Grammatical treatise, 19 complete lines, with glosses. 13th century.
Accession number: 686188 (Purchased from Erik von Scherling on January 29, 1937 for $0.74. Source: Library acquisition ledgers, University Archives)
7.5 x 12 cm.
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 2
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MS 3. Original description: French Manuscript. (A set of three) initials with portion of text (Caroline writing) from a 10th century manuscript on vellum.
Accession number: 554182 (Purchased from Erik von Scherling on January 6, 1933 for $6.06. Source: Library acquisition ledgers, University Archives)
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 3
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MS 4. Original description: Historia ecclesiastica (?) fragmentum saec XI France. 11th century.
Accession number: 486276
9 x 17.5 cm.
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 4
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MS 5. Original description: Charter on vellum of John, son of Henry de Fretone, relating to doing homage of lands in Thorney, Cambridgeshire. 1315.
Accession number: 632161
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 5
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MS 6. Original description: Commentary on psalms. Eleventh century (southern Germany). Lower half of a folio leaf, fine Carolingian script, double columns, 17 lines to the column, attractive. See also MS 9.
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 6
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MS 7. Original description: Illuminated letter "O" portraying Christ and St. Peter, painted on vellum in colors on gold ground, a fragment from an antiphoner. German, 15th century.
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 7
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MS 8. Original description: Manuscript, unidentified. 9.5" x 6". Front: 13 lines, handwritten black ink. French manuscript written in Latin: "Decembre 1261". Red/orange underlining. Back: on top, four lines of light brown faded print (see back of card). Two red, waxy stamps with initials "D B P". "14235" Brown waxy numbers.
Citation:Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 8
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MS 9. Original description: Manuscript—11th century (southern Germany). Lower half of a folio leaf; Carolingian script.
Accession number: 1381980
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 9
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MS 10. Original description: Manuscript: Mid 15th century. Liturgal.
Accession number: 1381979
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 10
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MS 11. Original description: Senlis, dép. Oise. Contrat de vente passé devant de prévót et le garde-des sceaux: Jehan Marier (?) vend á Jehan Boulanger, fils d’un pergament uer décéde la rente d’une maison située prés du palais archiépiscopal. Doc. ms. en francais, daté 1300. lf. de parchemin (24:18 cm.)
Accession number: 638271

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 11
Code: Ms. 11; acquisition no. 638271
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/ Contents: Contrat de vente between a Jehan Marier and Jehan Boulanger; concerns a house situated near an archbishop's palace
Author: ----
Incipit: À tanz cens qui ces leur v'rant touront…
Explicit: [obstructed due to attached tie-see notes for description]
Date: ca. 1300
Origin: France early 14th century, most likely in one of the few larger cities (i.e. Paris, Avignon, etc) due to the reference of an archbishop's palace
Language: French
Size: 23.5cm x 28cm
Written Space: Recto-21.5 x 25.5; verso-see notes below
Material: vellum

Notes

Written on a single piece of parchment measuring 23.5 x 28 cm, the text on the recto covers 21.5. x 25.5 cm. The handwriting would be considered an Urkundenschrift, and appears to match accurately with the dating of this manuscript.

On the verso, there are several markings, some illegible, that give more information to the purchase of this manuscript. On the left side in pencil is "10/6/35 Harrassowitz", whereas on the top left-hand corner another person has written "Dec. 6, 1936 - Harrassowitz". These dates could signify the day the manuscript was cataloged at Harrassowitz the bookseller in Stuttgart, Germany, and the second date could be the day it was purchased or when the manuscript was packed for shipping.

In the middle of the verso is written "Senlis. -contrat de vende", which appears to be in the same hand as the recto of the manuscript. There are five other examples of handwriting (in Urkundenschrift): one about eight centimeters from "Senlis…etc.", one line in length; another parallel to "Senlis…etc.", which is one and a half lines in length; and a third in the lower right-hand corner, which is two lines in length, covering an area of 1.4 x 12.5cm.

The fourth example found on the verso is three and one half lines long, written in very dark ink, and covers an area of 2.5 x 9.5 cm, while the fifth example is five line, written in very light ink, and covers an area of 4.5 x 11.4 cm.

This manuscript appears to have been folded, and there is a crease about one centimeter in from the left side, which extends the entire length of the paper vertically. This corresponds to the bottom edge, which is "reinforced" with a thin strip of parchment, through which two small strips of parchment emerge. The left strip is 9 centimeters from the left-hand edge and 9.5 centimeters from the second parchment strip, which is 10 centimeters from the right-hand side. Both strips are 1.1 centimeters up from the bottom edge. In the upper right-hand corner, there is a paper stamp attached to the manuscript on the verso, with the number three written within the center.

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MS 12. Original description: Bestiarium. 4pp. sm. folio, double cols., red initials and rubrics, with another small fragment from the same ms., an unpolished text about the crocodile, the elephant, the dromedary, etc. 14th century.
Accession number: 686186

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 12
Code: Manuscript 12 [acquisition no. 686186]
Type: Manuscript, 1 double leaf (folio size) and 1 fragment
Title / Contents: Bestiarium-possibly an excerpt from "De natura reram"
Author: Unknown [possibly Thomas of Cantimpré, author of "Opus de natura rerum"]
Incipit: Capra siluest'o q rap'ola
Capra silvestio que raperola
Explicit: De cap' Bisuestis
De capa Bisvestis
Date: 14th century
Origin: Southwestern Germany, 14th century
Language: Latin
Size: Double leaf: 24.7cm x 15cm; fragment 24.8cm x 5.4cm
Written Space: Each column 20.1cm x 5.4cm, double column pages
Material: vellum

Notes

Each leaf measures 24.7 x 15cm and each column 20.1 x 5.4 cm, while the fragment measures 24.8 x 4.6cm. There are two folds that run through both of the leaves, as well as the fragment. One fold is 11.4cm from the bottom edge, running horizontally, and the second is 1.5cm from the top edge of the leaves.

Three different typed slips of paper [descriptions] are found with this fragment, and they are read as follows:

"Bestiarium, 4pp. sm folio, double columns, red initials and rubrics, with another small fragment from the same ms., an unpublished text about the crocodile, the elephant, the dromedary, etc. 14th century"

"Two connected leaves on vellum, 4 pages sm. Folio (9 ¾ : 5 ¾ inches ), double columns, red initials and rubrics, traces of folding, otherwise in good condition. Another fragment (measuring 9 ½ : 2 inches) from the same ms. with initials and rubrics is subjoined. Southwestern Germany 14th century"

"An unpublished text. This text does not contain the work of St. Hildegard Of that of Hugo de Fouilly. It contains some citations by St. Isidore, St. Augustine and Rabanus Maurus. Among the rubrics: de castore, de capia, De elephante, de equis, de dromedario, de coredulo, de chrochylus, de dyomedis Airbus etc.etc. Perhaps a fragment of "de natura reram" by Thomas of Cantimpré (not yet published)."

Important to note, the work mentioned above has the full title of "Opus de natura rerum" and has since become available in facsimile edition. Thomas of Cantimpré was a 13th century Belgium writer, theologian and preacher. "Opus de natura rerum" was his first major work written sometime after 1232 A.D. and is a series of reflections about the natural world.

Within the text, the names of the animals, paragraph markings and certain initials are written in red ink. The style of the red initials is the same or very similar to the handwriting throughout the document, which suggests that the scribe was also the rubricator.

The recto is much darker in coloring than the verso, with some stains that disfigure the text, as well as smudges of red ink along the bottom margin. The upper right hand corner of the recto is marked with a European-styled "1", which may signify that the vendor marked this leaf as the recto. Along the fold, the text is barely legible, if at all in certain places, which is also true for the second fold in the middle of the document. It appears as if this folio was removed from the manuscript, and the verso was exposed to unknown elements, explaining the poor state of this side.

On the lower right hand edge of the second leaf, beginning 9.8cm from the bottom, there is some writing from a different hand in darker ink, which reads "Raittregister in offitio / Oblaire de Assiso 1568". This segment is written in a very large font compared to the rest of the text and appears to be from a later period, although perhaps not from a modern hand.

On the verso, there is a stamp on the second leaf in the left margin "Jan. 29 '37", with Scherling written in pencil following. This is most likely from the book vendor Scherling, and the date most likely when the vendor acquired the manuscript fragment.

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MS 13. Original description: Psalter. Psalter leaf, vellum. Angular Gothic book hand. France 1210 AD. Illuminated with crude burnished gold initials.

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 13
Code: Ms. 13 (no acquisition number listed)
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/ Contents: Psalter leaf, Psalm 19:8 through Psalm 21:6
Author: unknown
Incipit: in nomine Dñi Dei nŕi inuocabimus
in nomine Domini Dei nostri invocabimus
[line 8 of Psalm 19]
Explicit Ad te clamauerŧ ƶ saluti facti sunt: in
Ad te clamaverunt et saluti facti sunt: in
[line 6 of Psalm 21]
Date: 13th century [c. 1210 A.D.]
Origin: France
Language: Latin
Size: 13.6cm x 9.9cm
Written Space: 9.9cm x 6.8cm (1 column of text)
Material: vellum

Notes

Written in an Angular Gothic hand.

The previous owner of this fragment is unknown, but there is a slip included with the fragment stating that it was purchased from Philip Duechnes, New York, around 1950 at the price of $6.50.

The fragment is illuminated with "crude burnished gold initials", which is stated as being characteristic of this early use of burnished gold. There are twenty-four lines to a page, and there is very faint rubrication, although it is not certain whether it was done in ink, pencil, or was imprinted into the vellum. The initials are written in the left margin of the text, with rubrication especially for those initials. Colors are used for the initials, alternating between blue and gold, with the third initial on the recto much larger and with greater detail and coloring. This illuminated initial has red, blue, gold, and white with thick black outlining.

On the verso, there are again the alternating initials of blue and gold, with the sixth initial illuminated similar to that on the recto, however with much greater detail. The "D" on the verso extends almost the whole left margin in red, blue, and gold with thick black outlining. Along the painted area of the margin, there is a considerable amount of damage, especially in areas where gold was used. The colors have faded in some areas, and the parchment has holes in others. On the recto, the colors are visible in a smudged outline of the "D" illumination, and on the verso, the same hold true for the illuminated initial on the recto.

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MS 14. Original description: Breviary. France, 1225 AD. Breviary leaf. Vellum leaf. Written in the early 13th century, in Gothic book hand, double columns, 30 lines to the page. Fragment reported to have been found in a Paris graveyard.
Accession number: 852764

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 14
Code: Ms. 14 [acquisition no. 852764]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/ Contents: Breviary leaf
Author: unknown
Incipit: Iures pēſat i pontĕ. l’ctō
Iures prēſat ibi possunt(?) lectio
Explicit: Retinet feītas um- l’. uii./ frŝ kmī. ſuproi trtat
Retinet femmitas velum lectio vii. / fragmentus karissimi. ſuperoi territat
Date: 13th century (c. 1225 A.D.)
Origin: Possibly Paris, France
Language: Latin
Size: 18.3cm x 13.1cm
Written Space: 12.3cm x 4cm each column, 2 columns per page
Material: vellum

Notes

This single leaf was most likely written in the early 13th century in Gothic Book Hand. There are 30 lines for each column.

The leaf was reported to have been found in a graveyard in Paris.

There is some initial decoration in red and blue, yet is very simple, and the initials are only found in the margins outside the area covered by the text. The writing is in black with some words and abbreviations in red ink. There is a considerable amount of damage visible on the manuscript, which may be due to extreme conditions (i.e. the graveyard).

On the recto, the right bottom corner is missing and there is heavy damage to the bottom quarter of the leaf (visible on both sides). It appears as if the damage may have occurred due to water, as there is spotting similar to mold spotting found in this area. This damage may have taken place in the graveyard where this fragment is reported to have been found, but one can only speculate, as no marking from any previous owners or the vendor are located with the fragment.

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MS 15. Original description: Book of Hours. England 1350 AD. Book of Hours (Sarum use). Vellum leaf, from a Book of Hours, Sarum use. Written in an unusually fine angular Gothic Book hand, double columns, 30 lines, with several beautiful decorative initials on a gold background and ivy decorations extending into the margins.
Accession number: 852763

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 15
Code: Ms. 15 [acquisition no. 852763]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/ Contents: Book of Hours leaf (Sarum Use)
Author: unknown
Incipit: no. ā. inuocantem ex / audiuit dominus ſān
nostarii anno invocantem ex+/ audivit dominus ſanctus [Psalm 5]
Explicit: P's. Domini eſt tŕa.
Psalmus. Domini eſt terra. [Psalm 23]
Date: 14th century [c. 1350 A.D.]
Origin: England
Language: Latin
Size: 17.5cm x 12.3 cm
Written Space: 11.6cm x 3.3 cm each column, two columns per page
Material: vellum

Notes

Written in "an unusually fine angular Gothic Book Hand". There are 30 lines to each column.

The Book of Hours is of Sarum Use, signifying the use common to Salisbury during the Middle Ages following the Norman conquest.

On the recto, there are two beautifully decorated initials on a gold background with ivy decorations extending into the margins. These ivy decorations are typical of fourteenth and early fifteenth century letter illumination in Paris. There is very faint rubrication on both pages, and it appears to have been done in ink, although it is difficult to be certain.

Also on the recto, in the inner margin between lines 8-9 and 39-40 is a curious dark/black mark, teardrop in shape, creating a very dark "v" type shape in the center of the discoloration. This most likely occurred from wax or a similar substance, but, again, it is difficult to be certain. In line 29 of the recto, there is a line filler in blue and gold and is the only example of such in the whole fragment. Within the text, which is written in a dark ink, there are certain words and abbreviations in red ink.

On the verso, there is another large initial on a gold background with blue, red, and white, outlined in black. Again, the vine pattern extends well into the margin. In lines 36 and 40, there are paragraph markings, the first in gold and black and the second in red and blue. Most of the text between the paragraph marking in line 66 until the abbreviations following the paragraph marking in line 70 is written in red ink. Most of the remaining text on the verso is in a dark ink, excluding particular symbols or abbreviations, similar to the recto. Remnants of what appears to be adhesive are found three-fourths of an inch from the top right edge and one-and-one-fourth inches from the lower right side.

The text of MS 15 is most likely an excerpt from the Hours of the Virgin, Matins, from the First Nocturne, as it contains references or passages from Psalms 8, 18, and 23, beginning with an excerpt from Psalm 5. Only a short excerpt of the text, at times only the first line or common reference, is marked in the text following a P's. (the abbreviation for "Psalmus") to instruct the reader what text should be read.

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MS 16. Original description: Book of Hours. England, about the year 1350 AD. Vellum leaf (6.5 x 5 in.) from a Book of Hours, Sarum use. Written in an unusually fine angular Gothic book hand...
Accession number: 6866189

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 16
Code: Ms. 16 [acquisition no. 6866189]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/ Contents: Book of Hours leaf [Sarum Use]
Author: unknown
Incipit: Gladius eorum intret [Psalm 36:15]
Explicit: Putruerunt et cor/ rupte ſunt cŷcatrices/ mee: a facie inſipien/ tie mee.
Putruerunt et cor+/ rupte ſunt cicatrices/ mee: a facie inſipien+/tie mee. [Psalm 37:6]
Date: 14th century [c. 1350 A.D.]
Origin: England
Language: Latin
Size: 17.5cm x 12.4cm
Written Space: 12cm x 3.5 cm each column, 2 columns per page
Material: vellum

Notes

Written in "an unusually fine angular Gothic Book Hand". There are 30 lines to each column.

The Book of Hours is of Sarum Use (Sarum is the Latin name for Salisbury), which was created by St. Osmund when he was appointed the office of the bishop of Sarum (Salisbury) by William the Conquerer.

There is very faint rubrication, which appears to be from ink. The initials on the fragment alternate between a teal/gold and red/blue, and there are also line fillers of the same colors, which also alternate, although their pattern does not correspond with that of the initials. There are line fillers in lines 6, 17, 22, 29, 32, 39, 45, 50, and 56, however the decoration found in lines 39 and 56 differ from that of the other lines.

There is a round discoloration on the first words of lines 31 and 32, which also appears on the verso lines 61 and 62. This mark may have come from candle wax, which fell on the parchment, but one cannot be certain. On the lower edge, there is what appears to be a thumb mark, just right of the center and is just slightly darker than the parchment. The lower left hand corner is missing from the fragment when viewed from the recto. On the right hand edge, there are strange white markings about one-and-one-third inches away from the bottom and top respectively. These marking appear to be the remnants of glue or some other type of adhesive.

On the verso, there is once again light rubrication, and the first initial is colored in teal and gold, while the second (line 66) is colored in red and blue. The following initials alternate between teal/gold and red/blue. In line 99, the initial is decorated in a much different style, using red, blue, and white on a gold background with black outlining. There is also an ivy decoration that corresponds to the initial, which extends upward and downward in the margin. These ivy decorations are typical of fourteenth and early fifteenth century letter illumination in Paris. Also on the verso, there is the use again of line fillers, colored first in teal/gold and the next in red/blue as on the recto.

In lines 78 and 93, there is a different line filler, similar to that of line 39 on the recto. In line 98, there is the only word/abbreviation written in red ink in the entire fragment, and signifies the beginning of the next psalm. There are two thumbprints on the bottom of the verso. One begins about one inch up from the left-hand bottom corner, and another is found on the bottom edge, about one half-inch from the center of the page.

The text of MS 16 begins in line 15 of Psalm 36, according to the 1599 Primer in English and the Vulgate. The fragment contains the rest of Psalm 36 and ends on the verso with line 6 of Psalm 37. The location of this fragment within the context of the Book of Hours is difficult to pinpoint. Psalm 37 is easily located within the Penitential Psalms, and Psalm 36 may have been an addition in this particular manuscript to that section. Considering the fact that each manuscript is unique, it is difficult to figure out this difference even after one has consulted other Books of Hours in Sarum Use.

The description for MS 15 is the same as the ones for MS 16 and 20 in the University of Minnesota catalog, which could signify that all three fragments were from the same Book of Hours, but this information is in need of further research before such a claim could be taken seriously into consideration. However, the fine Angular Gothic, as well as the decorated initials and line fillers, create a strong connection between the three manuscript fragments. Unique to MS 16 is a small piece of paper enclosed with the fragment, written in modern handwriting, which lists three acquisition numbers (686189, 852763, and 753632). These numbers correspond to the acquisition numbers of MS 15, 16, and 20.

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MS 17. Original description: Bible, Armenian. Armenian Bible leaf written on animal skin, 15th century.
Accession number: 960687

Revised Description:
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 17
Code: Ms. 17 [acquisition no. 960687]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/ Contents: Bible leaf
Author: Unknown [section unidentified]
Incipit: -------
Explicit: -------
Date: c. 15th century
Origin: Armenia (?)
Language: Armenian
Size: 13.8cm x10.3 cm
Written Space: 9.9cm x 3.3 cm each column, 2 columns per page
Material: Animal skin [vellum?]

Notes

There are 26 lines per column, the text is in black, and there are a few capital letters in red ink.

On the recto, there is a dark spot, perhaps a burn or oxidation from a metal clasp or binding. Also on the recto is a ? symbol with a line over it between the two columns.

On the verso, there is a note in Armenian in the margin on the left hand side and another letter (?) on the middle right side margin.

There is no marking of the previous owner or the vendor of this fragment.

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MS 18. Original description: Book of Hours. One manuscript leaf with capital letters in gold and other colors from a 15th century Flemish book.
Accession number: 862386

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 18
Code: Ms. 18 [acquisition no. 862386]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/ Contents: Book of Hours, 1 leaf
Author: unknown
Incipit: in matutinis meditabar in te quia (from Psalm 62, line 7 of the vulgate Bible(1909))
Explicit: Deus et metuant eū ōes fines tŕe
Deus et metuant eum omnes fines terrae (the final line of Psalm 66 of the vulgate Bible (1909))
Date: 15th century
Origin: Belgium or northern France (Flemish)
Language: Latin
Size: 17.6cm x 12.4 cm
Written Space: 10.3cm x 6.7 cm
Material: vellum

Notes

There is rubrication in red, with simply illuminated capitals alternating between red/blue and gold/black.

Each page contains 15 lines, and the text contains Psalms 62 and 66, which is a part of the "Ad Laudes" section of Matins in the Hours of the Virgin.

On the recto, in the upper right hand corner there is "70" written in pencil. Line 6, on the left side, there is a hole in the parchment, and spotting/discoloration on and around the rubrication of the upper left hand corner. There is one large capital letter, illuminated in red, blue, white, and gold with black outlining, and measures 1.3 x 2 cm.

There is no marking of the previous owner or vendor of this fragment.

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MS 19. Original description: Unidentified religious text. One vellum leaf, written in angular Gothic hand, England, 13th century.

Revised Description:
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 19
Code: Ms. 19 [acquisition no. 753632]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/ Contents: Commentary or sermon on the incarnation of Jesus Christ in the tradition of the Thomists or Franciscans.
Author: Anonymous
Incipit: uiator declinans ad manend(um)
From Jeremiah 14:8 - [Expectatio Israhel salvator eius in tempore tribulatoris quare quasi colonus futurus es in terra et quasi] viator declinans ad mandendum.
Explicit: ſuam ibi cruenta(m) h(ab) uit et ad
Date: 13th century
Origin: English
Language: Latin
Size: 14.4cm x 11.3 cm
Written Space: 11.4cm x 3.9 cm each column, two columns per page 32 lines
Material: vellum

Notes

Script:Gothic 'Northern Textualis' bookhand. Presumably English due to the oversized upper stroke on "a" and crossed Tironian "et"

Script in black ink; red ink used for section markers of main points and quotes. On verso red ink is used for "Aug(ustinus)" written in far left margin and for "No(ta)" written in margin for the 2nd column.

Ruling: Prickings visible on outside edge of page. Top line of text written beneath ruling.

On recto, evidence of a repair 2.2 cm from the top of the right-hand edge of the fragment, which continues downward at an angle of about seventy degrees.

Contents: The fragment is listed as an unidentified religious text, but the content indicates that it is a commentary or sermon on the incarnation of Jesus Christ in the tradition of the Thomists or Franciscans. This is supported by the consistent use of terminology such as pietas uiscerosa

Although the author is anonymous some syntactical conventions resemble those of Guillelmus Wheatley.

There is no marking of any previous owner or the vendor of this fragment.

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MS 20. Original description: England, about the year 1350 AD. Vellum leaf (6.5 x 5 inches) from a Book of Hours, Sarum use. Written in an unusually fine angular Gothic book hand, double columns, 30 lines, with several beautiful decorative initials on a gold background and ivy decorations extending into the margins.

Accession number: 753632

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 20
Code: Ms. 20 [acquisition no. 753632]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/ Contents: Book of Hours leaf [Sarum Use]
Author: unknown
Incipit: mentis honorificati aprē / qui eſt in celis
mentis honorificati apere / qui eſt in celis
Explicit: degeniculis atqζ cubitis / ſuſtentantur: ſi alicubi
degeniculis atque cubitis / ſuſtentantur: ſi alicubi
Date: 14th century [c. 1350 A.D.]
Origin: England
Language: Latin
Size: 17.5cm x 12.5cm
Written Space: 11.8cm x 3.4 cm each column, 2 columns per page
Material: vellum

Notes

Written in "an unusually fine angular Gothic Book Hand". There are 30 lines in each column.

The text is written in black and red ink, although the black ink has faded significantly over time.

The text is very lightly rubricated, and there are several beautiful decorative initials on a gold background (three on the recto and six on the verso). Each initial measures roughly .9 x 1.4 cm. The three initials on the recto are very different from those on the verso in the ivy motive that extends far into the margins. These ivy decorations are typical of fourteenth and early fifteenth century letter illumination in Paris, as mentioned previously in the description of MS 15.

The first and third initials have a very delicate, simple ivy decoration in black and a greenish tone, whereas the second initial has only one line of ivy, much thicker and more colorful, trailing down toward the bottom of the page. The initials are painted in red, blue, and white on a gold background with black outlining.

On the verso, the first, second, and sixth initials have a similar ivy decoration to the second, more colorful decoration on the recto, but these three examples have ivy vines trailing upwards, as well as downwards. The third and fifth initials have again the delicate, simple ivy decoration, as seen on the recto, and the fourth initial has no ivy decoration at all, most likely due to the lack of space in the margin from the third and fifth initials' decorations.

On the recto, in line 27, there appears to be either a correction or addition of some kind which occurred after the completion of that section in the manuscript, as the ink there is much darker and the word extends far into the middle margin. There is a spot of blue ink over "capitulum" in line 60 and another similar spot in line 49. In line 35, there is a small line filler in blue and gold. On the far right hand side, there appears to be remnant of some type of adhesive or something similar, one-and-a-half inches from the top and bottom along the edge of the parchment.

On the verso, along the right hand side, on the lower half of the binded edge, is some strange spotting, which may have been due to water damage. Also on the verso is four more examples of line fillers, the first and fourth are in the same style (or very similar) to that on the recto, whereas the second and third are a different decoration.

Although the exact text of the fragment could not be identified, there is some evidence that the text contains one version of the Office of the Dead, as it contains abbreviations for lessons seven, eight, and nine. The Office of the Dead is the only section of the Book of Hours, which has nine lessons, as well as prayers and call/response sections. Lessons seven, eight, and nine appear on the recto, where another set of lessons (one through five) are found on the verso, creating a very unique text that is difficult to identify.

The Office of the Dead (Officium defunctorum) is the set of prayers said over the coffin as it lies on the bier in the church choir during wake-nights or vigils before burial.

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MS 21. Original description: Manuscript, decorated. 13th century.

Accession number: 1014341
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 21
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MS 22. Original description: Koran. 1 of 3 leaves written on rice paper, all probably written about AD 1600. Text is in Arabic. Border of gold with other gold decoration. See also MS 28 and MS 36.

16 x 11 cm.
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 22
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MS 23. Original description: Lombard, Peter, CLL)). Vellum leaf from a 14th century manuscript of the "sentences" of Peter Lombard. On tissue-thin uterine vellum in minute Gothic script with penwork decorations in red and blue.

Accession number: 960693
18 x 13 cm.
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 23
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MS 24. Original description: Catholic Church. Litany and Ritual. Hours. Double leaf written in Latin in Old Gothic characters on vellum. Probably about mid-15th century.

18 x 12.5 cm.
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 24
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MS 25. Original description: Bible. Manuscripts, Latin. Old Testament. Psalms. Leaf of Psalm 101, versus 16-27. ca. 1470.

Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 25
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MS 26. Original description: Catholic Church. Liturgy and Ritual. Hours. Leaf from Book of Hours, vellum. Flemish XIV century. Written in Old Gothic with black, brown and blue ink.

Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 26
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MS 27. Original description: Breviary. Breviary leaf, vellum. France, 1260 AD. Written in a strong and regular Gothic book hand, with numerous initials in blue and red, and dorsal decorations in the margins.

Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 27
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MS 28. Original description: Koran. Three leaves written on rice paper, all probably about AD 1600. Text is in Arabic. Border of gold with other gold decorations. See also MS 22 and MS 36.

Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 28
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MS 29. Original description: Unidentified manuscript leaf. Manuscript leaf on vellum. Initials in blue and burnished gold. Other decoration in blue and red.

Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 29
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MS 30. Original description: Bible. Latin. Vellum leaf from a Dominican "Portable Bible" (7.5 x 5.5 inches). France 1240 AD. Initials in red and blue.

Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 30
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MS 31. Original description: Psalter. Psalter leaf, vellum. France 1290 AD. Large initials in burnished fold and smaller letters in gold and blue with filigree decoration.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 31
Code: Ms. 31 [acquisition no. unknown]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Bible, Psalter leaf: Psalm 139:12-14; Psalm 140; Psalm 141:2
Author: -
Incipit: Vir linguosus non dirigetur in terra. uirum iniustum mala capient in interitu (Ps 139 :12)
Explicit: UOce mea ad dominum clamaui. uoce/ mea ad dominum deprecatus sum. (Ps 141 :2)
Date: 1290
Origin: France
Language: Latin
Size: 142 mm x 95-102mm
Written Space: 115 mm x 76 mm
Material: Vellum, very fine
Notes

The script is in a well-written Gothic Book Hand. It was written in black ink which has faded to brown due to oxidation, with one large initial recto and one large initial verso in burnished gold with blue and red filigree, covering the length of the page, accompanied by squiggles and flairs along all margins. Each individual verse of the Psalm begins with a letter in blue or gold with red filigree. Additionally, the space between the end of the verse and the end of the line is filled with a decoration in red, blue and gold. According to the accompanying notes, this is "a fine example of 13th century illumination."

The vellum is in very good shape with slight signs of wear along the lower right edge (recto and verso). In the upper right corner of the recto side, there can be seen the number 163, slightly cut-off. Lineation lines may be faintly discerned at the top and bottom of the leaf.

The shape is not perfectly rectangular; on the recto, the page has been cut somewhat on an angle so that the top is not as wide as the bottom. The outer edges of the leaf are marked with red (top, bottom and right edge of recto; top, bottom and left edge of verso). Presumably, the unmarked edge was the part that was connected to the rest of the MS. On the verso, in the bottom right corner, is faintly penciled in the number 3.

The text is from the Psalter. Included are Psalm 139:12-14, all of Psalm 140, and Psalm 141:2.

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MS 32. Original description: Catholic church. Liturgy and ritual. Hours. Two leaves from Books of Hours, one with historiated initial and border of ivy leaves (160mm x 105 mm) and another.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 32
Code: Ms 32 [acquisition no. unknown]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf; mistakenly listed in the accompanying notes as 2 leaves.
Title/Contents: Metamorphoses, Book II (erroneously described in the accompanying notes as Book of Hours)
Author: Apuleius of Madauros
Incipit: Nec fuit in illa civitate quod aspierensid esse erederem quod esset sed omnia prorsus
Explicit: de ipso vero caelo et iubaris orbe subito venturum oraculum.
Date: 15th century
Origin: unknown
Language: Latin
Size: 158 mm x 115 mm
Written Space: 101 mm x 70 mm
Material: Vellum
Notes

The script is a very neat, legible gothic textura with rounded forms. There is writing on one side of the leaf only. The leaf is thin and well-preserved, with yellowing around all the edges, more so on the right side.

The writing is in black ink, still very dark. The text begins with a historiated initial, with a fine drawing of a city on a hill inside the initial "N", with red, blue, grey, brown, green and gold. The gold has largely worn off.

The text is surrounded on both sides and bottom by a straight edge of red, blue and gold. The margins on all 4 sides of the text are filled with gold ivy leaves, to which red and blue have been added at the corners and across the top. The lineation is faintly visible throughout the text.

On the verso side is written the code "MF 1639" in pencil in a modern hand.

The leaf is a page from the famous book, "Metamorphosis", or "The golden Ass", by Apuleius of Madauros, a rhetoritician from Roman North Africa in the second century, A.D. This is the beginning of Book II. It has been mistakenly labeled as a leaf from the Book of Hours in the accompanying information.

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MS 33. Original description: Manuscript, unidentified. 3.75 x 5.75 inches. Front: large ‘D’ in blue surrounded by multi-colored decoration. Multi-colored vines and flowers down margins. Two figures on bottom, one holding cross and wearing halo. Lettering in black with a few red and blue characters. Back: no ornamentation. Font in black, red and blue. ‘MF 1639’ in pencil on bottom.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 33
Code: Ms. 33 [acquisition no. unknown]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Bible, Psalter/ Psalm 52:1-53:2
Author: - Incipit: …. cogitavit lingua: sicut nouacula acuta fecisti dolum (Psalm 52:1)
Explicit: Deus de celo prospexit se filios hominum: vt videat si est intelligens aut requirens deum (Psalm 53 :2)
Date: 13th century
Origin: Unknown
Language: Latin
Size: 92mm x 142mm
Written Space: 63mm x 95mm
Material: Vellum
Notes

The leaf has been reversed as it is displayed in the display folder: the front sheet as the folder is opened is in fact the verso, while the back is the true recto. Henceforth, I will refer to the sheets as they were intended to be read; that is, the Incipit refers to the first lines on the true recto side and so on.

The text is written in a French gothic script from the 13th century. Recto appears to be the hair side. It is more yellowed than the verso, and also more darkly smudged. There are smudges visible in all 4 corners. Furthermore, the entire first word of the text has been obliterated by a smudge. Otherwise the text is clearly discernible. Each new verse is marked by a capital in red or blue, and the beginning of the new Psalm is noted with a red "ps".

The verso text is well-maintained, although the smudges in the corners are visible on this side, as well. In the middle of the verso side, there is a large, illuminated "D" in shades of red, blue, green and white. The lower left hand corner and bottom contains an illustration of vines and flowering plants which continue the colors and themes of the capital. Additionally, there are two figures on the bottom: one wearing a halo and holding a cross. The other appears to be wearing a jester's hat or helmet.

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MS 34. Original description: Bible (Latin) Tobit. Long sheet, the half from an eight-volume codex... England, ca. 1300. Tobit chapters 13, 14.

Accession number: 576578

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 34
Code: Ms. 34 [acquisition no. 576578]
Type: Manuscript, 1 partial leaf
Title/Contents: Bible, Tobit 12 :12- 14 :12
Author: -
Incipit: + liebas mortuos : et derenlinquebas pran+ et mortuos abscondebas per diem in domo + nocte sepeliebas : (Tobit 12 :12)
Explicit: et im tota uirtute sua. Nunc erg+/ me : et nolite manere hic+/ sepelieritis matrem uestram circa+ (Tobit 14 :12)
Date: 1300
Origin: England
Language: Latin
Size: 215 mm x 74 mm
Written Space: 146 mm x 38 mm
Material: Vellum
Notes

The leaf has been reversed as it is displayed in the display folder: the front sheet as the folder is opened is in fact the verso, while the back is the true recto. Henceforth, I will refer to the sheets as they were intended to be read; that is, the Incipit refers to the first lines on the true recto side and so on.

The parchment is very greyed and worn with a dark edge at the top. There is a blue and red edging design at the top of the page on both sides. Two inches down from the top of the verso, there is a fine drawing of a bird in green, red and gold, but a wrinkle in the page hides the head. The text is black, with one illuminated initial "E" in blue and gold (verso), marking the beginning of chapter14. There is also an enlarged roman numeral in blue and red at the beginning of chapter 13 and again at the beginning of chapter 14. Vertical edge lineation is visible, horizontal is not. A rip along an apparent crease on the right edge of verso obscures a small amount of text on both sides. The leaf is also wrinkled, making it difficult to make out the letters at the bottom of the page.

The recto is not as legible as the verso, and the brown smudges along the edge are darker. In the margin on the recto side there are some illegible pen strokes in a dark gray tint and in red tint can be seen "cc 18-15."

The type of script is Gothica Textualis. The leaf is from an 8-vol. codex. The text is from the Biblical book of Tobit, beginning with 12:12 and running through 14:12.

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MS 35. Original description: Chain of Psalms. A special arrangement of the psalms and prayers made by an unknown church father of the 12th century. Written in typical 12th century book hand on vellum. France, 1190 AD.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 35
Code: Ms 35 [acquisition no. unknown]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Chain of Psalms and prayers
Author: unknown
Incipit: Necessarius est terrae regis minister cum virga quem arceat turbam. ne comprimatur
Explicit: qui diligit/ filium assiduat ei flagella. baculis scilicet que arcet carnes dignum paciam nec deterore..
Date: Erroneously listed as 1190 in the accompanying information, but certainly later, possibly 13th century.
Origin: France
Language: Latin
Size: 211 mm x 152 mm
Written Space: 158 mm x 127 mm
Material: Vellum
Notes

The recto is the hair side of the leaf. The page is quite yellowed and the edges almost appear as if they have been charred or burned. The ink has faded to brown through oxidation. In the upper right corner can be discerned a very faint number, not in ink. It appears to be a combination of roman and arabic numerals: "ccc 9". In the center at the top margin is written a roman numeral in ink from the same hand as the text. It appears to be "clxiii". Each side contains 33 lines of text. In the right margin there are 22 corrections or additions, made by the same hand with the same ink. These correlate more or less with the line of text for which they are intended.

On the verso side, there is a number very faintly visible in the upper right corner, possibly in pencil. It is "cccviii". There are 25 corrections or additions in the left margin. Additionally, there are 3 words and a descending line in the right margin. It is possible that these words belong to the following section of text, because one of the words has been cut off in the middle. Horizontal lineation through hardpoint can be observed on the verso side. There are no initials or any other decorations on either side of the leaf. On the verso side, there are 4 woven stickers, probably adhesive, attached in the 4 corners of the leaf.

The text is extremely difficult to read, with many abbreviations and blotches throughout. The accompanying information calls this a "Chain of Psalms and Prayers", but this is doubtful. It appears to be a series of prayers, possibly interpolated with words from Scripture. Throughout the text there appear to be roman numerals, but it is impossible to determine their referents.

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MS 36. Original description: Koran. Three leaves written on rice paper, all probably about AD 1600. Text is in Arabic. Border of gold with other gold decorations. See also MS 22 and MS 28.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 36
Code: Ms. 36 [acquisition no. unknown]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf (erroneously described as 3 leaves)
Title/Contents: Presumably an excerpt from the Koran
Author: Unknown
Incipit: -
Explicit: -
Date: Probably 17th century
Origin: Unknown
Language: Arabic
Size: 208 mm x 136 mm
Written Space: 152 mm x 82 mm
Material: Rice Paper
Notes

The codification "Ms 36" on the outside of the folder appears to have been written mistakenly upside-down, on the back cover. Thus, the recto as the folder is opened would be, in fact, the verso (upside down) and the verso would be the recto (upside down). This suspicion is confirmed by the appearance of a printed number "809" on a white sticker which is in the upper right-hand corner of the assumed recto, along with a printed number "3" in pencil on the same side.

The recto has some Arabic letters under the border in the left-hand corner of the page. The text is completely included in a straight-line border of gold, with blue and red.

On the verso, the right edge has a piece of some substance affixed to the edge of the page, so that the border on that side has been obliterated. The verso has no decorations or other markings. On each side, there are 11 lines of script.

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MS 37. Original description: Manuscript. early 12th century Italy. Sacramentale, on leaf narrow folio.

Accession number: 1381978

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 37
Code: Ms 37 [acquisition no. 1381978]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Sacramentale
Author: unknown
Incipit: Quaesumus omnipotens deus. ut hoc in/ loco quem nomini tuo indig/ni dicavimus. cunctis peten/tibus aures tuae pietatis accommod+
Explicit: quic+quid peccati contagi/ one contractum est ipso pronobis/ summo antistite interceden+
Date: Early 12th century
Origin: Italy
Language: Latin
Size: 228 mm x 130 mm
Written Space: r 205 mm x 110 mm; v 205 mm x 100 mm
Material: Parchment, leaf narrow folio
Notes

This leaf has been cut, so that the bottom, one edge and the top are missing. The leaf is very stained and faded, and some of the text has been obliterated (top, recto side). It has been lineated through hardpoint, with a stylus, which is very visible. The text is a fine, round Italian script in gothic primitiva. There are rubricated initials throughout, and rubricated text is used to mark instructions for readings.

On the recto side, in the left margin, in pencil is written, "May 16, 1953 von Scherling 633", and under that "1381978". At the top of the leaf some very small text can be observed but is not legible. The preliminary line of text is likewise illegible. The first line of text which can be read is from the "Sacramentarium Hadrianum", a liturgy.

The verso side is in better condition, although part of the text in the upper right corner is too faded to read. The Explicit is from the Ambrosian Rite, written apparently by Amiet, in Milan for the 7th of December. This leaf appears to be a series of prayers used during Mass.

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MS 38. Original description: Catholic Church. Liturgy and Ritual. Hours. Book of Hours. France, ca. 1500. Large illumination of the Crucifixion. Floral border, red and blue initials, all heightened with gold.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 38
Code: Ms. 38 [acquisition no. unknown]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Liturgy and Ritual, Book of Hours, based on Psalm 50:17.
Author: -
Incipit: Domine labia mea aperies./ Et os meum annuncia/bit laudem tuam (from Ps. 50:17)
Explicit: Caput eius pun/gitur corona spinarum. Crucem por+
Date: ca. 1500
Origin: France
Language: Latin
Size: 222 mm x 140 mm
Written Space: 203 mm x 123 mm (recto); 148 mm x 105 mm (verso)
Material: Vellum
Notes

On the recto side in the upper right corner, there appear very faintly penciled in 2 letters or numbers (possibly "J S"). On the bottom edge, also in pencil, is written in a modern hand: "13851 'The Crucifixion', Book of Hours, France, c.1500" . In the bottom right corner there is "60-hico 4R". Lineation with ink is visible.

The recto side is the opening page of the Office of the Hours. A large illustration of the crucifixion, with Jesus and 2 women, in blue, browns, red and green with gold, takes up half the page. A small amount of text (7 lines) is surrounded by filigree and leaf designs in red, blue and green with brown. The text begins with a large, illuminated "D" in blue, brown, white and gold. Each new line begins with a somewhat smaller illuminated initial. The entire written space is enclosed in a simple brown frame. Three rubricated practice curlicues appear outside of this frame.

Verso the written space is much smaller. The frame around the text is gold, and the entire left margin is decorated with filigree and floral designs in red, blue, and green with much gold. The text is in a dark ink, which has faded through oxidation to brown. Key lines begin with illuminated initials. Instructions for the performance of the Mass are given in red ink. The text is a well-developed Gothic textualis. There are 31 lines of text in a single column.

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MS 39. Original description: Book of Prayers. Vellum leaf. Written in characteristic 12th century Gothic book hand. Two large decorative initials in gold outlined in black. France, 1180 AD.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 39
Code: Ms. 39 [acquisition no. unknown]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Book of Prayers, Psalms 131:11-134:7.
Author: -
Incipit: +rauit dominus dauid ueritatem et non frustra/bitur eum : (Ps. 131 :11)
Explicit: Omnia quecumque uoluit dominus/ fecit in celo et in terra in mari et in/ omnibus abýssis. Educens nubes ab+ (Ps. 134 :7)
Date: 1180
Origin: France
Language: Latin
Size: 224 mm x 152 mm
Written Space: r 145 mm x 122 mm; v 145 mm x 110 mm
Material: Vellum
Notes

The recto appears to be the hair side of the leaf. It has browned somewhat on the outer edges. The ink is brown (due to oxidation). In the right margin, there is a hole halfway between the text and the edge of the page. There are 20 lines of script on each side in a characteristic 12th century Gothic Book hand. Each new sentence begins with an enlarged initial, alternating in red or blue. On the left side (recto), there is a large decorative initial in red and blue, with ascenders and descenders.

The upper and lower corners on the right edge (recto) have been stuck with a woven fabric, a type of adhesive from a later period.

Lineation by ink is visible on both sides. In addition to the horizontal lineation, there are 2 lines running vertically, to mark the beginning and end of the text. These vertical lines, as well as the top and bottom 2 horizontal lines, run to the edge of the leaf.

On the bottom edge (recto) at the left side, there is a very faint number 12 penciled in in a modern hand.

On the left side of the text on the verso side, there are 2 large decorative letters, an "E" and an "L", which have been outlined in black and filled in with gold. According to the accompanying notes, this was done "apparently by a scribe who was having difficulty with the then new art of using gold." These letters have also been colorated with intricate red and blue embellishments. In the bottom left corner of the "L" appears the hole in the vellum.

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MS 40. Original description: Manuscript. Illuminated initial ‘U’ portraying John the Baptist, painted on vellum in colors on a gold ground (restored), a fragment from an antiphoner. Milanese, late 15th century.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 40
Code: Ms. 40 [acquisition no. unknown]
Type: Manuscript, fragment
Title/Contents: Illuminated Initial cut out from an Antiphoner
Author: Unknown
Incipit: Ut qu+
Explicit: +ri et pauli ad+/ hýnus.
Date: Late 15th century
Origin: Milan, Italy
Language: Italian
Size: 226 mm x 155 mm
Written Space: r - ; v 195 mm x 130 mm
Material Vellum
Notes

The verso appears to be the hair side.

On the recto side, the right bottom corner (measuring 80 mm x 70 mm) has been cut off. What remains is the upper left corner of a leaf from a large-format Antiphoner, probably cut from the manuscript by an art historian, interested only in the beautiful illuminated initial.

The illuminated initial is in the upper left corner of the fragment. It portrays John the Baptist in blue, browns, red, white, green and gold (apparently restored, according to the accompanying notes). He is dressed in a camel shirt, with a halo and a cross, and is holding a lamb with a cross and a flag. The entire initial is outlined in black. Additionally, a large decorative flourish in green, red, blue and gold fills the upper and left margin. The rest of the leaf is made up of 4-line scores of music, with space between for the words. The notes are square, in a browned ink. Recto, parts of 2 words only can be ascertained: Ut qu+.

On the verso side, at the top of the page, there is penciled in a number 10.- in a modern hand. In the right margin, also in a modern hand in pencil, there is a code "MF 497a". Some printing from another book has rubbed off in mirror image at the upper right corner. The verso side has 6 lines of (incomplete) text, with a musical score (4 lines) at the bottom. The text is a Gothica textualia formata. The right edge of the verso side has been repaired or strengthened with an additional strip of heavy paper.

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MS 41. Original description: Ramayana. Leaf written in Sanskrit on an early type of paper. Text is from the Ramayana; gives history of Rama, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 41
Accession Number: Lost. A separate piece of paper with the number 802 is attached on top right corner of recto.
Code: MS 41
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Ramayana - a history of Rama, the 7th incarnation of Vishnu
Author: -
Date: Unknown. Paper was introduced to India much earlier than to Europe, but this MS is in good shape and must be quite late.
Origin: Agram, India
Language: Sanskrit
Size: 156 x 225 mm.
Text: 19 lines of text on both sides.
Written Space: Recto, 180 x 115 mm. Verso, 175-180 x 115 mm.
Material: Rag paper.
Information from Catalogue: The Ramayana. It is written in Sanskrit; and was bought in Agra, India on March 2, 1938. Ramayana is one of the two great epic poems of ancient India. It gives the history of RAMA, (or RAMACHANDRA, the 7th incarnation of VISHNU, and the most famous of them all), especially of his expedition through the Deccan to Ceylon to recover, by the aid of the monkey god, HANUMAN, his wife, SITA, carried away thither by RAVANA. This leaf which is written in Sanskrit on an early type of paper was bought in April 1957 from Brentano's Chicago. Price paid to Brentano's was $15.00.
Additional Notes: Black ink of a consistent shade is used with certain letters rubricated. Double red lines are the only punctuation in the text. There are also double lines in red ink down each side of the text, but there is no other outline. Thus while the width of the text is consistenly 115mm, the height varies on the verso due to slanting lines of text: 175 - 180mm. On the recto the text is uniformly 180 x 115mm. What appears to be a yellow erasure can be found with text written over it. Erasures appear on the recto in lines 16, 17, 19. On the verso erasures are found in lines 2, 10, 18.
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MS 42. Original description: Book of Hours. Leaf from a Book of Hours of the blessed Virgin Mary.

Accession number: 946586

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 42
Accession Number: 946586
Code: MS 42
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Liturgical calendar for March. A proper incipit and explicit are impractical for this MS, because it consists in a graphic table. The first words listed on the recto are "AD Mars." A table with Roman numerals and letters follows, with saints listed to the right. The saints listed on the recto are "Saínt aubín" and "Saínt gr-egoir." The last saint listed on the verso is "Saínt benec-t" - Saint Benedict.
Author: -
Date: 13th century according to seller.
Origin: Unknown; probably France.
Language: Latin, French.
Size: 165 x 229 mm.
Written Space: 82 x 129 mm.
Text: 17 lines in the outline (these are not always occupied by text) and 4 outlined columns.
Script: Textura.
Material: Vellum.
Illumination: Beautiful gold, blue and red vegetative illumination. The majuscules are also decorated with these inks, with blue on the outside, gold in the middle and red in the center.
Information from Catalogue: Mistakenly labeled a book of hours of the blessed Virgin mary. The seller probably mistook Mars for Mary.
Additional Notes: "4" marked in pencil on the upper right corner of the recto. There are no other pencil markings, but there is a tiny man-made hole (about 1/2mm in diameter) at the top of the leaf as well as five slightly larger man-made holes (1mm in diameter) placed within the grid. From the view point of the recto, the first is found over the M in Mars, the second is found directly next to the a in aubin. The third is in the 6th row down, 4th column. The fourth is in the 9th row down, 4th column. The fifth is in the 10th row down, 4th column. On the digital scan of the leaf it would be easy to mistake one of these holes for an ink dot.

This leaf is in good condition. The recto is side from which hair was removed. The first majuscule is the "AD," which stands for "ante diem." Subsequent to "AD" appear all letters in a cycle starting with d, ending in g and the beginning at a. Sometimes a saint's name is listed next to a letter. These letters mark the days of the week as is standard in the Roman calendar. The incipit - Mars - is the month. to the right of the letters representing the days of the week are n', id' or kl'. These stand for the divisions of the month: nones, ides and kalends. The Roman numerals to the far left give the date in relation to nones, ides or calends. For example XIX A n' is 19 days before nones.

See Bickerman, E. J. The Chronology of the Ancient World. London: Thames and Hudson, 1969.
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MS 43. Original description: Thomas Aquinas. Leaf from Thomas Aquinas’ commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard. Latin, from Italy, about 1470. Handwriting of the "Humanist" period.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 43
Accession Number: Lost
Code: MS 43
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Contents: Thomas Aquinas' commentary on Peter Lombard's Sententia: Liber 1, Quaestio 1, Disctinctio 1, Articuli 2 - 3.
Incipit: ſanc^tum · nihilominuſ tamen non eſt | hoc diuerſum ín patre · et filio /
Explicit: vergigratia quod planta ge | nerat plantam · habet a virtute ·
Date: ca. 1470 according to seller.
Origin: Italy.
Language: Latin.
Size: 285 x 223 mm.
Written Space: 130 x 179 mm.
Text: 2 columns (each column 55 x 179mm), 37 lines.
Script: Carolingian Miniscule.
Material: Vellum.
Decoration: Alternating blue and red paragraph markers. The text of Peter Lombard is blue, while Aquinas' commentary is red.
Information from Catalogue: Leaf from a manuscript of Thomas Aquinas' commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard. Italy ca. 1470. The handwriting is "humanist."
Notes: "17" penciled in on the upper right side of the recto. The verso is the side from which hair was removed. Thought the leaf is generally in good condition, it can sometimes be difficult to read the verso, due to black pores left over from the hair that was removed. The verso was not thoroughly scraped.
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MS 44. Original description: Bible. Old Testament. Chronicles. Vellum leaf, written in 12th century book hand. France 1115 AD. Thought to have been written in the Benedictine Abbey of Saint. Oyan.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 44
Accession Number: Lost. Purchased from Phillip Duechnes, NY ca. 1950.
Code: MS 44
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Contents: Bible. Book of 1 Chronicles (ch. 1, vs. 17-46 with commentary).
Incipit (biblical text): gothor. & moſoch. Arfaxat aū genuit ſa | le: q' & i-pē genuit heber.Porro heber nati | ſunt duo filíí...
...gothor. et mosoch. Arfaxat autem genuit sa | le. qui et ipse genuit heber. Porro heber nati sunt duo filíí
Incipit (marginal): ~ditor · int-paleſti | nam J chelen sy | riam tenuit p1nci | patum ·
...[con]ditor · inter palesti | nam in chelen sy | riam tenuit princi | patum ·
Incipit (interlinear):
Explicit (biblical text): Obíít quoq; huſam. & regnauit | Ᵽeo adad filius badad qui Ᵽcussit
...Obíít quoque husam. et regnauit | pro eo adad filius badad qui percussit...
Explicit (marginal): philaiaſ. Diphar .cellud. chelom .filiarum uero · meru. litat. reli.
Date: 1115 according to catalogue.
Origin: France.
Language: Latin.
Size: 160 x 242 mm.
Written Space (outline): 132 x 171 mm.
Biblical Text: 22 lines on the recto and 23 on the verso.
Text of commentary: On the recto there are five independent paragraphs of commentary to the left of the biblical text and to the right there are three paragraphs, though the first is also interlinear. On the verso there are four independent paragraphs of commentary to the left of the biblical text and two to the right with some of the interlinear commentary spilling out into the right column. There are six interlinear comments on the recto (excluding the comment that takes up interlinear as well as marginal space. On the verso there are eight interlinear comments (also excluding the comments that take up interlinear and marginal space).
Outline: 42 lines and three columns delineated with a stylus. The layout of the columns is interesting, because at times the commentary is interlinear, but most of it is marginal (both sides). thus while there are three columns, the two columns on either side spill into the central column at times. The left column of the recto is 23 x 171 mm; the right column is 43 x 171 mm. The outline is followed as a mirror image on the verso.
Script: Late Carolingian. The marginal and interlinear commentary is written in the same hand as the biblical text, though smaller. The biblical text is written in black ink. The commentary in brown.
Material: Vellum.
Information from Catalogue: Bible. O.T. Chronicles. Vellum leaf, written in 12th century book hand. France 1115 A.D. Thought to have been written in the Benedictine Abbey of St. Oyan.
Additional Notes: This MS is in good condition. Black ink is used for the biblical text and a lighter brown for the commentary. "2" is penciled in on upper right corner of the recto. The verso has a red smudge at the bottom, perhaps where the rubricator dripped some ink, though there is no rubrication on this leaf. The recto is the hair side, the verso the flesh side.

The commentary on the biblical text is separated into independent paragraphs. Often the commentary is geographic in nature, but also seeks to explain words. For instance from the word heber in the incipit a line is drawn to a comment just above which states "a quo hebrer." Once a comment is used to correct a mistake in the biblical text. The 9th line of the verso reads: "Soror autem lothar thamna." The word "fuit" appears as an interlinear note between "lothar" and "thamna."
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MS 45. Original description: Manuscript: 2nd half of 11th century. Gospel according to Saint Matthew, one leaf narrow folio.

Accession number: 1381997

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 45
Accession Number: 1381977. Purchased May 16, 1952 from von Scherling.
Code: MS 45
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Contents: Matthew 14:6 - 14:17 (recto) and Matthew 14:17 - 14:29 (verso).
Information from Seller: Manuscript -- 2nd half of 11th century. Gospel according to St. Matthew, one leaf narrow folio.
Incipit: Die autem nataliſ herodiſ · ſaltauit filia hero | diadiſ inmedio ·
Explicit: Ed descendenſ petrus de nauicula.
Date: 2nd half of 11th century according to information with the manuscript.
Origin: Unknown.
Language: Latin.
Size: 149 x 283 mm.
Written Space: 119 x 213 mm. both sides.
Script: Carolingian Miniscule.
Material: Vellum.
Information from Catalogue: 2nd half of 11th century. Gospel according to St. Matthew, one leaf narrow folio.
Additional Notes: Single vellum leaf written on both sides in even black in (no rebrication). The right margin is inconsisten on both sides. Although the text is not divided into verses, there are initials that are slightly larger than the rest of the text. These mark the beginnings of paragraphs. The lines and margins are marked with a stylus though the space between lines is inconsistent. This leaf is from a bible that was for practical use. It is not an elaborate liturgical bible. The only pencil markings are from the University of Minnesota, namely the acquisition number written at the bottom of the verso, as well as the date of purchase and seller written in the bottom left margin of the verso.
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MS 46. Original description: Gregorius IX Pope. Decretalium libri fragmetum saec XIII cum glossis.

Accession number: 486274

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 46
Accession Number: 486274
Code: MS 46
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Contents: Decretalium of Pope Gregory IX.
Incipit: antiq' inst...
Explicit: Expăre parentū·o·nob' eſt... matū q cūnobil' vir dnſ... insula eid' poſuísíi inſidias qu...
Date: Unknown.
Origin: Unknown.
Language: Latin.
Size: 139 x 304 mm.
Text: 2 columns (each 59 x 190 mm.) with rubricated capitals and glosses below the text. There was also at one point marginal commentary, but only a few letters of each line remain of this.
Script: Carolingian Miniscule.
Information from Catalogue: Gregorious IX Pope. Decretalium libri fragmentum saec XIII cum glossis.
Additional Notes: The upper right corner of the recto (left for the verso) is missing. In general the MS is in bad condition and difficult to read. The text is so faded in large swaths so as to be illegible. The leaf was cut badly from the codex so that on the left of the recto there is only a partial column of commentary remaining. The top has been cut so as to leave out text. The MS is worn around the edges and has suffered damage from smoke, if not heat from relatively close contact with fire, as a result of which the vellum has shriveled somewhat. It is difficult to say due to the extent of the damage, but it seems that the recto is the hair side. There is a large dark stain from some sort of dark liquid on the bottom of the recto.

I was able to confirm the identity of this manuscript by using an internet search engine to locate a portion of text that is legible in the manuscript: "suos quorum duo erant" in the 5th line of the second paragraph of the left column of the verso can be entered into Google. The single return is an online text of Pope Gregorius' Decretalium at Bibliotheca Augustana. Thus the incipit is from Capitulum III: "antiquam institutionem facere videntur." The explicit differs slightly in the wording, but it is from Capitulum XI and reads as follows in the online text: "Ex parte parentum M. quondam iuvenculae nobis est intimatum, quod, quum in creusculo noctis nobilis vir N. dominus I. De insula Butardi dioecceseos Turonensis eidem iuvenculae posuisset insidias, volens eam opprimere..."
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MS 47. Original description: Book of the generation of Christ, son of David, son of Abraham.

Illuminated page

NOTE: Miniature in colors on a gold ground copied from a 12th century evangeliary of the ancient monastery Averode (Liege University Library Ms. 363 fol. 17 verso) s,. folio, on modern parchment representing a Virgin with a rhinoceros, at the beginning of the Gospel according to Saint Matthew (illustrating some verse from the book of Job)

Accession number: 597805

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 47
Accession Number: 597805
Code: MS 47
Type: 1-sided manuscript leaf illuminated.
Contents: Illuminated page introducing the book of Matthew.
Incipit: Liber Generationis I HV X P I Filii David Filii Abraham.
Liber generationis Iesu Christi Filii David Filii Abraham.
Date: 20th century.
Origin: Averode Monastery, France.
Language: Latin.
Size: 201 x 290 mm.
Illumination with Writings: 134 x 160 mm (this is all that is found on leaf).
Color: The leaf is fine white.
Material: Modern parchment. The parchment has been treated such that it is impossible to say which side was hair and which side was flesh.
Information from Catalogue: Illuminated page. Note: Miniature in color on a gold ground copied from a 12th century evangeliary of the ancient monastery Averode (Liege University Library Ms. 363 fol. 17 verso) s.,. folio on modern parchment representing a Virgin with a rhinoceros, at the beginning of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, (illustrating some verse from the Book of Job).
Additional Notes: This MS consists in one illumination depicting a virgin (not Mary - no halo) with a rhinoceros and two unidentified saints with halos. The virgin holding a rhinoceros belongs to the medieval tradition of the unicorn that can only be tamed by a virgin. This is an exemplum of a virgin, not any particular virgin. One saint holds an icon of an archangel. While the parchment is white, three different colors of ink - green, blue, orange - and gold leaf are used. The only illegible text is a portion of faded rubrication at the top. The inscriptions are found on top and along the left side of the illumination. Top: "Exemplum dicatquo virgo uí ſine uincit." Side (vertical): "Eſt in carne deus hoc ſcribit q: math's. Virginitas qualis uel quanta ſit hoc animalis." Scroll within illumination: "Humquid alligabis rinocerotum ad arandum loco tuo."
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MS 48. Original description: Bible. Latin. Vulgate. Vellum leaf. Italy 1280 AD. Written in typical Italian Gothic script. Small initial letters in red and blue enriched with pen flourishes.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 48
Accession Number: Lost. Purchased 1950 from Phillip Dueches for $5.00
Code: MS 48
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Contents: Book of Macabees 7:31 - 9.9/9.10 - 10.1
Incipit: et cognovit Nichanor qō (quoniam) denudatum eſt clīu (consilium) eiuſ et ex | iuit...
Explicit: ...nominatuſ eſt nobiliſ occupavit ptolomaidam
Marginal Note (upper right margin of verso): Nö · + ſoletate Jude machabes cū romaniſ.
Marginal Emmendation (bottom right margin of verso): uirorum et duorum et duorum mararum.
Date: 1280 according to catalogue.
Origin: Italy according to catalogue.
Language: Latin.
Hand: Gothic.
Size: 189 x 281 mm.
Text: 2 columns each side (all columns 55 x 186 mm). 63 lines each.
Written Space: 119 x 186 mm.
Material: Vellum.
Information from Catalogue: Italy, A.D. 1280. Vulgate Bible Vellum Leaf (8 x 12 inches.) A very well written leaf in typical Italian gothic script, double columns, 63 lines to the page. small initial letters in red and blue enriched with pen flourishes.
Additional Notes: Blue/Red Majuscules. Chapters are noted in the margins in blue and red with Roman numerals. There are also blue and red pen flourishes stemming from the majuscules into the margins. There is a note on the recto in a distinct hand. Interesting is that the name of the book is written partially on both sides in different colors. On the recto in red stands at the top: Macha. On the verso in blue stands: BeoR. The two together spell: MachaBeoR, i.e.: The Book of Macabees. The hair side is recto; flesh side is verso.
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MS 49. Original description: Missal. Missal leaf, vellum. Written in Old Gothic hand with square musical staves. Initial letters in blue and old rose with white line over the decoration.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 49
Accession Number: 597805
Code: MS 49
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Incipit: piciatuſ exclude: ut | mente et corpore pit' (peritus) expediti ·
Explicit: ...et tuís | faciat semper ínhe | rere mandatis: Per. | Da · xxi · post pentec7.
Date: 1285 according to catalogue.
Origin: France.
Language: Latin.
Size: 197 x 283 mm.
Written Space: 135 x 192 mm.
Text: Musical notation with text of mass - mostly psalms - as well as instruction.
Script: Large Gothic hand.
Material: Vellum.
Color: White
Information from Catalogue: Missal leaf, vellum. Written in Old Gothic hand with square musical staves. Initial letters in blue and old rose with white line over the decoration.
Additional Notes: Missal leaf with square musical notation. On the recto "16" is penciled in on the lower right. This leaf is taken from the portion of the missal in which communion is administered. On the recto is found the "grace" Psalm 145. After this comes the famous "de profundi" Psalm 130. After this psalm the Gospel selection is read and the the Nicene creed, "Credo in unum deum" is recited. After this comes Psalm 136 which is followed by the communion hymn, Psalm 118.

The majuscules are in blue, rose and gold leaf with fancy bars and ivy leaves stemming off. There is some smeared black ink on the verso from a bar. Other decorations are also slightly smudged. No stylus was used. The musical text is in black ink while musical directions are in rose colored ink. The musical notation is black on rose musical lines.

This leaf has been treated such as to make it impossible to tell which side is hair or flesh.
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MS 50. Original description: Bible. Manuscripts, Latin. Old Testament. Malachi. Prophetus Malachia cum commentario auctoris incerit. Belgium, 12th century. Fragment.

Accession number: 486275

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 50
Accession Number: 486275. Purchased from: von Scherling, Dec. 13 1930. $5.05.
Code: MS 50.
Type: 1 MS leaf.
Contents: Book of Malachi (3.13 - 3.18) with commentary.
Note: This leaf was cut out of the codex badly, so that one has incomplete lines of biblical text. For that reason I supplemented the incipit of the main text from the quoted text in the commentary. Thus italics indicate a resolved abbreviation. Text that has been italicized and underlined is biblical text quoted from the commentary.
Incipit (biblical text): Inualuerunt ſup' | me urba ueſtra | dicit dominuſ · & | dixiſiſtis. Quid lo | quuti
Incipit (commentary): Invaluert ſr7 me úba dicit dňſ & dixittis qxd loquuti | ſumuſ contra te pret'ea dixittis vanuſ ē ·i· ſíue utilita | te qui ſeruit d'o. obſeruando legem ei9.
Explicit (biblical text): īpium· int' ſeruientem duo.ins'uíētem ei · Ecce¯e...
Explicit (commentary): ſʒſcd'm hoc clauſula p'cedenſ t'minatiy~.
ſcilicet ſecundum hoc clauſula precedent terminatiym.
Marginal Notes (recto, right margin): de conigmattab per proſoita malo... | Job. | Job. | psalm |
Jer. | Job.
Marginal Notes (verso, left margin): do die Judeis | ile super i Reprobiſ.
Date: 12th century.
Origin: Belgium.
Language: Latin.
Size: 178 x 333 mm.
Written Space: What is left of the biblical text is 22 x 210 mm. Both columns of commentary are 82 x 210 mm.
Material: Vellum.
Text: 34 lines of commentary, 17 lines of main text. Carolingian Miniscule.
Information from Catalogue: Bible. Maunscripts, Latin. O.T. Malachi. Prophetus Malachia cum commentario auctoris incerti. Belgium, 12th century. Fragment.
Additional Notes: In the commentary the parts that are underlined in red are quotes from Malachi. Most of the marginal notes are references to other books of the Old Testament. The recto is the hair side; the verso the flesh side. The verso is of a lighter color and still in better condition than the recto, which seems to have been damaged by smoke. This leaf was cut badly and about 1/3 of every biblical line is missing. Perhaps as a result of this, the leaf has been inserted backwards into its case. When one opens the container one first sees the verso. Pencil markings note the chapter and verse of the incipit (3.13), the first verse on the verso (3.15) and the explicit (3.18).
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MS 51. Original description: Manuscript. 12th century. 1150 AD. Gospel Lectionary Northern Italy. Vellum leaf (9 x 13 inches) written in an unusually fine Carolingian book hand. Maude Thompson calls this period and type the finest of all European book-hands. 22 lines with ornamented initials.

Accession number: 802117

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 51
Code: Ms 51 [acquisition no. 802177]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Gospel lectionary, readings from Matthew 6 and 8
Author: -
Incipit: puer meus nam et ego homo sum sub potestate habens sub me milites (Matthew 8:8)
Explicit: et pater tuus qui uidet in abscondito reddet tibi. Sabbato (Matthew 6:4)
Date: 12th century (ca. AD 1150)
Origin: Possibly Northern Italy
Language: Latin
Size: 13 x 9 ¼ in (33.2 x 23.5 cm)
Written Space: 9 1/8 x 5 ¼ in (23.2 x 13.3 cm)
Material: vellum

Notes

Single vellum leaf, written on both sides. Size: 13 x 9 ¼ in (33.2 x 23.5 cm). The flesh side is recto. Outside edges, esp. bottom corner appear somewhat worn and used. Lines and margins marked with a stylus (scratched into the flesh side of the leaf). Contains three doodling designs with a thin sharp object on the recto side, right margin in between the two bottom stylus lines.

Late, elegant neo-Carolingian script. Both sides have 22 lines of text. The darker ink now appears in a shade of brown (apparently a sign of oxidation). On the recto side the new section of text is marked by a red initial, outlined in blue and with a blue ornamental tail, and by a red rubrication. The text of the rubrication is "Fr'. vi. Scđm | matheum." This text appears in a similar hand but written with a slightly finer pen.

Marked in pencil with the arabic numeral 10 once in upper right corner and once in bottom right corner. Both markings are apparently made by different people, the bottom numbers appearing to be older.

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MS 52. Original description: Manuscript: Munich 1516, 1518 or 1520. Gerichtsordnung, leaf XVII

Accession number: 1381981

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 52
Code: Ms. 52 [acquisition no. 1381981]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf, early print on vellum
Title/Contents: Gerichtsordnung (Ordinance)
Author: -
Incipit: Das xvii blat. bei jne gefunden werde. Auch Ir verdechtlich hanndlung allßdann an die oebrigkait.
Explicit: Darauf ordnen vnd woelln# wir hiemit in ern_t das nun füran auf alln# [...] yeden hochzeitn# / jarmärcktn# / kirch=
Date: early 16th century
Origin: Germany, Munich
Language: German, early Modern High German, Bavarian dialect
Size: 11 ¾ x 8 7/8 in (29.8 x 22.6 cm)
Written Space: 7 3/8 x 4 ½ in (18.8 x 11.4 cm)
Material: vellum

Notes

Vellum leaf. Size 11 ¾ x 8 7/8 in (29.8 x 22.6 cm). The shape is not perfectly rectangular: at all four corners a roughly triangular portion has been cut off (pencil cutting line still partly visible) and the remaining flaps at top and bottom were folded over. The bottom flap remains so in its current state. The leaf appears in damaged condition as a result of folding and glue. There are a number of small holes, several running along two center folds. It was certainly used in a book binding. The recto side contains a stamp or print of some kind part of which is legible: "OPVS PROSO." Text precedes and follows it but neither is legible.

In the left margin of the verso side is written in pencil: May 16, 1953 Von Scherling 528. In the top left-hand corner is written in pencil an illegible squiggle and in arabic numerals the number 35, apparently in a 20th century hand.

In its current state in Andersen library the leaf has been preserved backwards, i.e. with the verso side showing first on opening the envelope (if it is opened as one would a book). Current catalog information includes a reference that suggests the leaf dates to 1516, 1518 or 1520.

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MS 53. Original description: Bible. New Testament, Matthew. Vellum leaf undated, but probably first half of 16th century, Written in old Gothic book hand. Initial letters in blue and red.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 53
Code: Ms. 53 [acquisition no. unknown]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Bible, Matthew 27:10-40
Author: -
Incipit: agrum figuli sicut constituit mihi Dominus Iesus autem stetit ante praesidem et interrogavit eum praeses dicens tu es rex Iudaeorum dicit ei Iesus tu dicis (Matthew 27:10)
Explicit: praetereuntes autem blasphemabant eum moventes capita sua et dicentes S [sic] (Matthew 27:40)
Date: possibly first half of 16th century
Origin: Unknown
Language: Latin
Size: 12 1/8 x 9 1/8 in (30.7 x 23.2 cm)
Written Space: 8 ½ x 6 ¼ in (21.6 x 16 cm)
Material: vellum

Notes

The recto is the hair side of the parchment. The leaf has been carelessly cut by the person who removed it from the manuscript. In the right margin of the recto side a roman numeral is cut off as lxxxvi although part of the next digit is still visible. Pencil marks along the left, right and bottom edges of the manuscript are also visible, suggesting that the original manuscript was a little larger. This is confirmed by the fact that only the upper margin shows signs of its age in the discoloration of the leaf.

Text in two columns of 30 lines each. The script is late Gothic bookhand with Gothic as well as non-Gothic small capitals. There are colored capitals, alternatingly red or blue with decoration in the opposite color, marking sections. Each sentence starts with a slightly oversize black capital decorated with a pale yellow coloring. The ink is black but appears somewhat faded on the recto side.

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MS 54. Original description: France, 1380 AD. Vellum leaf (11.5 x 8.5 inches) from a missal of the Francesian Order. Written in bold Gothic script, double columns with several illuminated initials on red and blue background.

Accession number: 753633

Revised Description:
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 54
Code: Ms. 54 [acquisition no. 753633]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Missal, Franciscan Order (not specifically identified)
Author: -
Incipit: celebremus eorum oracioni+| bus adiuicimur ider (unidentified).
Explicit: Nimis honorati sunt ami+ (from the mass "Mihi autem nimis").
Date: ca. AD 1380
Origin: France
Language: Latin
Size: 11 3/8 x 8 7/16 in (28.8 x 21.4 cm)
Written Space: 7 ½ x 5 ¼ in (19 x 13.3 cm)
Material: vellum

Notes

The recto side of the leaf appears to be the hair side. The leaf is creased diagonally in the upper right hand corner (recto), with the crease running through about 1 square inch of text on either side of the leaf. Text in two colums of 30 lines of text on either side of the leaf, lineated in ink. Recto has number 206 or 246 written in pencil in roman numerals on the upper right corner.

Text on recto.
Illuminated F capital: "FRatres: Iam {ephesios} | non estis hospites et |advene: sed estis cives sanctorum | et domestici Dei" (Ephesians 2:19)
Illuminated A capital: "Aunicuique nostrum data est | gracia: secundum men+| suram donacionis christi" (Ephesians 4:7)
Illuminated F capital: "FRatres: {ad romanos.} | scimus quoniam | diligentibus deum omnia | cooperantur in bonum: hijs | qui secundum propositum | uocati sunt sancti" (Romans 8:28).

Also in left margin (line 16) and in right margin <.: et agnicionis filii dei> (line 6) to be inserted after "unitatem fidei" (Ephesians 4:13). Also in right margin what seems to be the roman numeral 8. In the middle margin (line 3 and line 15) and (line 20).

Text on verso.
Illuminated S capital: "Similitudo uultus | quattuor animali+| um. facies hominis et facies | leonis" (changed version of Ezekiel 1:5).

At the bottom of the b-column there are 6 lines of smaller text. The ink of this text has faded considerably so as to make it illegible in spots. "Con[t]atues eas principes | super omnem tuum memores erunt | nominis tui domine [?] [Fo]ro | patribus tuis nati sunt tibi filij | propter ea populi contitebuntur ti+ | bi [?] (explicit follows).

In middle margin <1.r'> (line 28), in right margin <:et quasi> (line 18), to be inserted after "ardencium" (Ezekiel 1:13). These marginal additions written in a cursive hand (late 14th or early 15th century?).

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MS 55. Original description: Manuscript, unidentified. 6.5 x 12.5 inches. Latin. Front: three columns. Mostly brown faded ink with a few large bright red characters. Only partly legible. Back: two columns surrounded by ‘frame’ of words. Two sizes of print. Mostly brown ink, some red letters.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 55
Code: Ms. 55 [acquisition no. 686186 (?)]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Decretalium Gregorii papae IX compilationis, 3.28.11 - 3.30.1
Author: Pope Gregory IX (ca. 1170 - 1241)
Incipit: sollicitaverat de stupro, et ipsa gartionibus, qui eam rapere nitebantur (3.28.11)
Explicit: At vero primitiae, quas de frugibus offerebant, non erant speciali nomine diffinitae, sed offerentium (3.30.1)
Date: late 13th century
Origin: Unknown
Language: Latin
Size: 13 ¼ x 6 ¼ in (33.7 x 15.9 cm)
Written Space: cannot be determined due to damage
Material: Parchment, of a coarse type that may be vellum but cannot be determined exactly due to damage.

Notes

This leaf is in very bad shape. It shows signs of having been folded as stuffing in a book cover and has been cut off to fit the shape of that book. The script, which has faded to a very faint, mostly illegible brown (except for a few bright red letters), is an early form of Gothic. Both sides of the leaf have been cut off. On the recto side there is a small drawing of an animal face (possibly a cow or a goat) in the middle margin (between columns a and b of the main text).

The leaf is displayed backwards in the display folder: the front sheet is in fact the verso, while the back is the recto. [Note: this display/mounting error has been corrected on the web site.]

This text deals with the duties of a parish priest.

Both sides of the leaf contain two columns of main text (32 lines of text each), surrounded by a frame of glosses on this text. Since the Decretalium Gregorii papae IX compilationis was not compiled until the AD 1234, this manuscript can date to no earlier than the mid-thirteenth century.

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MS 56. Original description: Italy (Perugia) 1353 AD. Vellum leaf (12.5 x 9 inches) from a Missal of the Dominican order. Written in an excellent round Gothic hand, double columns, 26 lines, with large illuminated initial and other letters in red and blue with pen filigree decorations.

Accession number: 753634

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 56
Code: Ms. 56 [acquisition no. 763634]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Missal, Dominican Order
Author: -
Incipit: eam in spem: Quia et ipsa creatura liberabitur a seruitute corruptionis (from Romans 8:20, 21)
Explicit: Qui enim uult uitam diligere et uidere dies bonos. coherceat linguam suam a malo. et labia eius (from 1 Peter 3:10)
Date: AD 1353
Origin: Italy, Perugia
Language: Latin
Size: 12.5 x 9 inches (32 x 22.8 cm)
Written Space: 8 ¼ x 5 7/8 in (21 x 14.9 cm)
Material: Vellum

Notes

The leaf is part of a missal, containing a number of readings from the New Testament interspersed with prayers. There are two sizes of script in the main text: a fairly large size for the Bible readings, a slightly smaller size for the prayers. The script is a well-developed form of Gothic textualis. Text in two columns of 26 lines each.

Recto is the hair side of the leaf. It has browned somewhat on the outer corners. The ink has also browned a little (oxidation). The capitals are illuminated in red, blue, yellow, gold and white. The sections are rubricated and indicate different sections of the Bible or occasions for the use of the readings.

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MS 57. Original description: Catholic Church. Litrgy and Ritual, Missals. Manuscript leaf from a 15th century missal.

Accession number: 946587

Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 57
Code: Ms. 57 [acquisition no. 946587]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Missal, readings in Tridentine Latin Mass for 4th and 5th Sunday after Easter
Author: -
Incipit: inmunditiam: et abundantiam malitie. in mansuetudine suscipite insitum uerbum quod potest saluare animas i uestras. (from James 1:21) Epistle reading for 4th Sunday after Easter.
Explicit: Hec in prouerbiis locutus fum uobis." (from John 16:25) From the mass for 5th Sunday after Easter.
Date: late 14th or 15th century
Origin: Unknown
Language: Latin
Size: 13 ¼ x 9 ¾ inches (33.8 x 24.8 cm)
Written Space: 8 ½ x 6 ¼ in (21.6 x 15.9 cm)
Material: Parchment (vellum?)

Notes

The script is a medium grade Gothic textualis with many rounded forms. There is script in two sizes. The ink has browned and faded considerably. The text is a part of the Tridentine Latin Mass, beginning with the Epistle reading for the 4th Sunday after Easter on the recto side and continuing with the mass for the 5th Sunday after Easter. Text in two columns of 30 lines each, lineated with stylus.

Recto is the flesh side of the leaf. The leaf is somewhat thin, shows browning around all outer edges and signs of thumbing at the outer bottom corner as well as the middle of the right margin. Verso bottom left hand corner seems to have had some lettering in a modern pencil hand which may have been erased with a pencil eraser. The text is organized in sections separated by alternating red and blue capitals, decorated with penwork in the opposite color. A larger illuminated capital on the verso side (va13-15), decorated in brown, green, yellow, pink, red and blue and a floral depiction. Each sentence capital somewhat oversized and decorated in a pale yellow ink.

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MS 58. Original description: Bible. Manuscripts, Latin. Old Testament. Daniel. Manuscript leaf on vellum. German. Blue initials. Ca. 1450. 48.5 x.35 cm. Chapter six, verse 21 to chapter eight, verse 14.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 58
Code: Ms. 58 [acquisition no. 701216]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Bible, Daniel 6:21 - 8:13
Author: -
Incipit: daniel regi respondens ayt rex in eternum vive (Daniel 6:21)
Explicit: Usquequo uisio et iuge sacrificium et peccatum desolationis que facta est et sanctuarium et (Daniel 8:13)
Date: Ca. AD 1450
Origin: Possibly Germany
Language: Latin
Size: 17 3/8 x 12 3/8 inches (44.2 x 31.5 cm)
Written Space: 12 x 7 5/8 in (30.5 x 19.3 cm)
Material: Vellum

Notes

The leaf is foliated in the top right hand corner of the recto side, in roughly contemporary arabic numerals, no. 132. There are 46 lines of text in 2 columns. The leaf is lineated in ink. At the top of the page, on both sides, is a header: on recto in blue the capitals "EL", on verso in red the capitals "DANI", so that in the manuscript the two facing pages would together have read "DANIEL." There is a small hole at the beginning of line 41 of the b-column (recto), two small holes at the bottom left margin (recto) and one small hole in the left margin (recto).

The ink is black, although somewhat faded on portions of the verso side. The chapters (chapters 7 and 8) are indicated by a large colored capitals and large roman numerals (VII and VIII). In the left margin next to each of these chapter headings are small marginal roman numerals (vij) and (viij)

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MS 59. Original description: Bible. Manuscripts, Latin. Old Testament. Ezekiel. Large folio leaf from ch. 28, superbly illuminated by the celebrated monastery scribes of Winchester. 14th century.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 59
Code: Ms. 59 [acquisition no. 697473]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Bible, Ezekiel 27:35 - 28:22
Author: -
Incipit: insularum obstipuerunt super te et reges earum omnes tempestate percussi mutaverunt uultus (Ezekiel 27:35)
Explicit: Fili hominis pone faciem tuam contra sydonem et prophetabis de ea et dices. (Ezekiel 28:22)
Date: 14th century
Origin: Winchester, England
Language: Latin
Size: 17 5/8 x 11 7/8 inches (42.8 x 30.2 cm)
Written Space: 12 3/8 x 8 in (31.4 x 20.3 cm)
Material: Vellum

Notes

The recto is the flesh side. The leaf is foliated in the top right hand corner of the recto side in arabic numerals, no. 306. The date of this number is not clear but seems to be much later (early modern?). Over the foliation there appears a small illegible text in an exceedingly delicate cursive hand. There is one large initial in gold-leaf and decorated in blue and light brown (ra8). In the margin before the initial is the large roman numeral XXVIII in alternating red and blue letters. Underneath this large roman numeral the same roman numeral again in a thin cursive hand xxviij written in a yellow ink. At the top of the page, on both sides, is a header: on recto in alternating blue and red capitals "CHIEL", on verso in alternating blue and red capitals "EZE", so that in the manuscript the two facing pages would together have read "EZECHIEL." Above the header on the recto side, a small cursive hand has written "eze chiel" in pencil or pale ink.

In addition to the text over the foliation, the recto side has a number of additions and doodles apparently added by a later user: 1) the number 28 in arabic numerals written next to the header CHIEL (for EZECHIEL) indicating the chapter that begins on this page; 2) a (paragraph) mark before line ra6 followed by an interlinear gloss in a thin cursive hand; 3) a curly doodle attached to the l of "multiplicasti" (rb1); 4) a small illegible gloss in the right margin (rb20); 5) a fairly large curly doodle (about 1 square inch) under rb22 with a human head.

On the verso side there are two markings from the modern period: 1) at the bottom margin in the middle is written in pencil 697473, in US-American forms of the arabic numerals; 2) in the left bottom margin, along the outer edge, a modern rubber stamp mark with the text APR 27 37 in faded black ink and the text "Rumball - Petrie 12.00" in pencil. These indicate the bookseller, the date and the price of the leaf.

The text is written in a large, rounded Gothic script in gold-brown ink. There are 22 lines of text in 2 columns, lineated in ink. Pricking is visible on the right edge (recto).

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MS 60. Original description: Psalter (with commentary of Saint Augustine and Cassian). Single leaf, large folio. Double columns, red and blue initials with pen work, two water stains... fine early Gothic script. 13th centh\ury.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 60
Code: Ms. 60 [acquisition no. 697471]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Bible, Psalms / Psalter with commentary from Augustine and Cassian, Psalm 18:13 - 20:4
Author: -
Incipit: psalm verse: "meus munda me. et ab alienis parce seruo tuo" (Psalm 18: 13, 14 from the Septuagint) commentary: "hec referat sacramenta R. menti uidenti suauis est ueritas" (commentary from Augustine, then Cassian on Psalm 18: 13)
Explicit: psalm verse: "Quoniam preuentisti eum in benedictionibus dulcedinis: posuisti in capite eius coronam de lapide precioso" (Psalm 20:4 Septuagint) commentary: "Vitam . in. resurrectionem petijt a te" (commentary from Augustine on Psalm 20:5)
Date: Probably 13th century
Origin: Unknown
Language: Latin
Size: 16.5 x 11 1/8 in (42 x 28.3 cm)
Written Space: 10 7/8 x 6 7/8 in (27.6 x 17.7 cm)
Material: Parchment (vellum?)

Notes

Commentary written in two columns of 65 lines each, in very small early Gothic high-grade textualis, psalm verses in double sized high-grade textura. Sections marked by alternating red and blue initials, both in psalm text and commentary.

The recto is the hair side of the parchment. The lower left-hand corner (recto) is missing a triangular shaped piece of parchment about 3.5 x 1 in (9 x 2.5 cm), though it is not possible to tell whether or not this was the original shape of the leaf. The left margin also has some small pieces of parchment torn off. The lower right-hand corner shows dark wear stains. Diagonally from that corner to the middle of the lower margin a stitched tear is faintly visible. The upper left hand corner has a bright, raised area through which the leaf's original pigmentation and folicles are not visible. This area is also visible on the verso side. In the upper right-hand corner the leaf is foliated in pencil with the arabic numeral 19, possibly in a modern (20th century) US-American hand. There are two waterstains in the a-column of the text, one smaller and one larger. There are three small holes in the right margin, probably original to the leaf.

Along the left margin the pricking is visible. The text is divided into two columns with 65 lines of text each The page is lineated with pencil, with every line marked as well as three lines on the top, the bottom and in the middle of the text, all of which run to the edge of the leaf. In addition, three lines run down the middle of the text to mark the end of column a, the beginning of column b and a divider line between them. Also, left of the left text margin and to the right of the right text margin are two additional lines each, the closer ones for measuring the larger capitals and for insertion marks, the further ones red marginal notes which on this leaf are either "ag" or "cas," indicating whether the commentary in the main text derives from Augustine or Cassian (or Cassiodorus?). All these vertical lines run to the edge of the leaf. On the verso side, small black letters "a" or "c" are found in the extreme right margin, in places corresponding to the marginal notes for Augustine and Cassian, and once "d" (line 31).

Single psalm verses are written in double sized letters in the left half of each column with the commentary written around these verses (or parts of verses). New verses are indicated by alternating red and blue larger capitals. The commentary also indicates new sections (corresponding to new verses) with alternating red and blue capitals, the converse of the colors of the capitals of the large psalm verses.

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MS 61. Original description: Bible. Manuscripts, Latin, Old Testament. Ecclesiasticus. Manuscript leaf on vellum. In a book hand closely resembling the type of the Gutenberg Bible. Rubricated initials. Germany, ca. 1450. 48.5 x 35 cm. Chapter 13, verse one to chapter 16, verse 22.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 61
Code: Ms. 61 [acquisition no. 925864]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Bible (Deuterocanonical), Ecclesiasticus (Wisdom of Jesus Ben Sirach) 13:1 - 16:22, Latin Vulgate
Author: -
Incipit: indicet superbiam. Pondus super se tollit (Ecclesiasticus 13:1, 2)
Explicit: Nam plurima opera illius sunt in abscon+" (Ecclesiasticus 16: 22)
Date: Probably mid-15th century
Origin: Possibly Germany
Language: Latin
Size: 17 3/8 x 12 3/16 in (44.2 x 31 cm)
Written Space: 12 x 7 ¾ in (30.5 x 19.7 cm)
Material: Vellum
Notes

The recto is the hair side of the leaf. There are signs of wear and possibly of water damage around the three outside edges of the leaf. In the top right-hand corner (recto) the leaf is foliated in ink with the arabic numeral 26. Below the left column of text a hole in the leaf (about 1 in or 2.5 cm in diameter) has been repaired by the application of a piece of vellum onto the verso side of the leaf. There are a small number of small holes at the bottom of the manuscript, possibly the result of wear. On the verso side of the leaf three fragments of light blue cloth are attached to the leaf evenly spaced along the inside margin, presumably as part of the binding of the original manuscript; or they could be imprints of the cloth weave in remnants of the glue with which the cloth had once been attached to the leaf.

Both sides of the leaf have a centered header with the name of the Bible book, with the recto in blue "ASTICI" and verso in red "ECCLESI" so that the open manuscript would have read "ECCLESI + ASTICI."

Along the bottom margin of the recto side is written in pencil by a modern (20th century) US-American hand "Germany, 1450 AD Mss, Bible that closely resembles Gutenberg's printed Bible." In the bottom right-hand corner some pencil markings (possibly a numeral 2 and a word, and a numeral 1 and a word) can no longer be made out. The first numeral and adjacent markings may have been erased deliberately.

There are two columns with 48 lines of text each. The lineation of the columns (left and right-hand margin), the text lines and of the header lines is in ink. Bible chapters are indicated by use of alternating red and blue initials decorated with pen work in the reverse color, and by a roman numeral in red indicating the chapter number. Every sentence is indicated by the application of yellow coloring to the sentence capitals.

The text is in a late, very high-grade textura. There are a small number of marginal notes in a late medieval or early renaissance cursive.

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MS 62. Original description: A Breefe abstract out of all the accounts of his Lordships expenses, taken for one whole year, March 1605 to February 1606, a large folio sheet.

This document gives the total amounts spent for the year of bread, beer, wine, wages, et c.; also stable expense. Among ‘extraordinary payments’ occurs the entry ‘Money lent to Sr Al: Percy’, for buildings, furniture, land purchased, oxen bought, et c.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 62
Code: MS. 62 [acquisition no. 857857]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Abstract from a book of household accounts of an unknown English Lord, March 1605 to February 1606
Author: Unknown
Incipit: A breefe abstract out of all the accounts of his lordship's expenses
Explicit: - (N/A) The rest of the text consists of disparate notes without an obvious logical beginning or end, so that an explicit cannot be determined.
Date: early 17th century, probably 1606
Origin: England
Language: English
Size: 15 ¾ x 11 7/8 in (40 x 30.2 cm)
Written Space: - (N/A) Notes are scribbled without much regard for clear margins.
Material: Paper, with watermark (unidentified)

Notes

A summary of the household expenses of a noble in the reign of James I. The document is written in the private hand of a steward as distinguished from the more formal court hand found in legal documents.

Paper leaf with watermark. The watermark is hard to see and resembles two classical pillars flanking a cluster of grapes and some indiscernable words. The sheet has been folded. On the back of the sheet are printed by a modern device the number 857857 (upside down along the top margin) and along the right margin "Mar 8 '39 Allen", indicating the bookseller who sold it and the date.

This script is hard to read and contains many abbreviations. The text is arranged in columns with totals for subcategories entered in the columns to the right. The numbers are all roman numerals. It appears that the roman numerals were used to score, so that later changes in the accounts were reflected by the addition of further scores and later added and replaced by the proper roman numeral for the larger amount. On the back three large summary categories are indicated with numbers and amounts all using the arabic numeral system.

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MS 63. Original description: Manuscript, unidentified. Latin. Black ink with a few letters in red and blue. Front: music score at top. Large blue ‘A’ with red embellishment. Decoration in margin. ‘49’ in upper right corner. Back: lettering in black, blue and red.


Revised Description
Citation: Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, SCRB MS 63
Code: Ms. 63 [acquisition no. unknown]
Type: Manuscript, 1 leaf
Title/Contents: Latin Rituale with hymns, probably for the Octave of Christmas
Author: -
Incipit: deus filium suum misit in similitudines carnis peccati alleluia.
Explicit: Confirmatum est cor uirginis in quo diuina misteria angelo nuntiante suscepit.
Date: Unknown
Origin: Unknown
Language: Latin
Size: 20 x 14 3/8 in (50.8 x 36.6 cm)
Written Space: 14 5/8 x 10 ¼ in (37.2 x 26 cm)
Material: Parchment (vellum?)

Notes

Written in a large medium-grade textualis.

The recto is the flesh side of the parchment. There are some minor signs of wear, especially in the lower right-hand corner (recto) as a result of page turning, perhaps also at the middle of the outside margin (right). There is a reddish-brown smudge. Otherwise the leaf is in good condition. In the top right-hand corner (recto) the leaf is foliated in ink with the arabic numeral 49.

The leaf is from a Latin ritual. The text is written in unusually large letters; one line of text (excluding ascenders and descenders) is measured at 3/8 in (1 cm). This and the size of the leaf indicates a hymnal/missal for use by more than one reader during mass. There are 21 lines of text in single column. The first five lines on the recto side are used for two lines of musical notation, consisting of red lines with black numes. Sections are separated by use of alternating blue and red decorated capitals, although this alternation is once violated on line 20 recto where a red capital appears instead of a blue. Within the larger sections the letters "p", "v", "a" and "R" indicate breaks. The first letter of each section, both the higher order and lower order sections, are decorated with yellow coloring (except the larger decorated capitals).

On the recto side is a large blue capital "E" (for the word "Ecce"), which has obviously been mistaken for an A. The confusion apparently existed among the original users of the manuscript, since the word "ecce" is inserted in the margin (with insertion mark after "dei"), indicating that the first word of the line was not understood.

The readings represented on the leaf indicate that this page is part of a mass around Christmastide, probably one of the masses on the Octave of Christmas, since most of the hymns on this leaf are commonly part of the services for that day. The different portions are:
1. " + Deus Filium suum misit in similitudine carnis peccati alleluia", the last portion of an antiphon, deriving ultimately from Augustine's Expositio quarumdam propositionum ex epistola ad romanos.
2. "Dominus dixit ad me...", from Psalm 2: 7
3. "In sole posuit...", from Psalm 18: 6
4. "Elevamini porte eternales...", Psalm 23: 7/9
5. "Ecce agnus dei...", from John 1 (various)

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