Leaf from a Medieval Book of Hours, Fragment


Description and transcription completed by Guifen Jiang, as part of work for a manuscript studies class with Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin (ENGL), June 2022: Audiuit dominus et misertus... Holocaustum et pro peccato non. Book of Hours: Use of Paris, Matins of the Office of the Dead, Third Nocturn. Codicology: Single sheet of very thin parchment, creamy and well-preserved. Text is written in one column of 18 lines, in black ink, with burnished gold initials and red and blue splashing of capital letters. Dimensions are 160x110mm, with text block measuring 105x90mm, including the floral border on the recto (105x20 mm). Reddish plummet ruling visible. Paleography and Decoration: One scribe for main text throughout, writing Latin in a Gothic Northern texualis, c. 1475–1500. A second hand is responsible for rubrication and decoration. Three-coloured initials (red, blue, and gold). Floral border in the right margin on the recto is decorated with strawberry and green leaves on a gold background, with blue and gold curly penwork on the upper and lower part of the pattern. Two types of line fillers are used: a blue and red bar, and a flower. Textual Remarks: Leaf contains part of Matins of the Office of the Dead, Third Nocturn, according to the Use of Paris. Contents may be compared to ff. 174v3–176r5 of a full Use of Paris Book of the Hours housed at Tufts University (Medford, Tisch Library, Tufts University, MS 2, available online at:  https://dl.tufts.edu/concern/pdfs/r781wt689).

In Collection:
Subject Language Identifier
  • Shelf Mark: Fragm.Brown.Lat.8
Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 1 leaf ; 160 x 110 mm
Alternative title
  • Book of Hours – Fragment
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 48.85341, 2.3488
Additional physical characteristics
  • Vellum, 8 four-lined noted staves. Mounted.
Physical repository Collection
  • Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection
Provider Genre Archival item identifier
  • Accession Number: 2003-018; Item: 3
Fonds title Fonds identifier Is referenced by Date digitized
  • February 12, 2020
Technical note
  • Scanned on Betterlight/TTI by PD. Metadata by KD.
  • Contact Special Collections and University Archives for access to the original manuscript and for reproduction requests (fee for reproductions). This material is made available on this site for research and private study only.

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