146 leaves : parchment ; 338 x 234 (249 x 172) mm bound to 347 x 237 mm
Liturgical manuscript written for one of the Carthusian houses in France. The calendar includes several Carthusian feasts, among which those of Hugh, Bishop of Grenoble (canonized in 1134; feast on 1 April) and Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln (the first Carthusian to be canonized in 1220; feast on 17 November); the commemoration of the dead within the order ("defunctorum ordinis nostri") is recorded on 9 November. Three other significant entries are those for the Queen of France (5 March), the Cardinal Bishop of Périgueux in Dordogne (17 January), and Bishop Amblardus de Intermontibus (29 April), all of whom are commemorated with a tricenarium. The chants pertain to the Proper of the Time (Advent to Corpus Christi) and to the Proper of the Saints (section incomplete); the Common of the Saints is missing. The entire manuscript, including the calendar, was copied after 1378 or 1382 (introduction of the feast of St. Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, celebrated on 26 July); other late medieval feasts included are those of Thomas à Becket (canonized in 1173; feast on 29 December); Francis of Assissi (canonized in 1228; feast on 4 October); St. Dominic (canonized in 1234; feast on 5 August); Peter of Verona (canonized in 1253; feast on 29 April); and Thomas Aquinas (canonized in 1323; feast on 17 March). The book was still in use after 1461 (canonization of St. Catherine of Siena, whose feast was added in a second hand for 6 May), but not since shortly before 1514, as the feast of St. Bruno, the founder of the Carthusian order, canonized that year, is not recorded.
Ms. codex. Title supplied by cataloger. Collation: Parchment, fol. ii (parchment) + 146 + ii (parchment); 1⁶ 2-7¹⁰ 8-17⁸ (+ 1 leaf at end); catchwords at the end of each quire exept for quires 1, 11, 14, 15 and 16; two systems of signatures intermittently visible (small roman numerals and tall, thin strokes), mostly cropped. Layout: Fol. 1r-6v: 31 lines per page; fol. 7r-85v: 18 lines per page; fol. 86r-146v: musical settings in black, square notation, 6 four- or five-line staves per page. Script: Written in Gothic script by several hands. Decoration: Initals in red, purple and black ink, some filled with drawings. Capital letters in red, purple and green ink. Music: Second and third sections of manuscript include antiphons and hymns notated in black square notation on four- and five-line staves; noteshapes in black ink, staves in red ink. Binding: Stamped leather over wooden boards with fillets, fleurons and flowers, spine torn. Two metal plates on the back for clasps (lacking); end of straps nailed to front cover; leather tabs mark sections in bookblock, a few lacking. Front and back flyleaves and pastedowns are parchment from a missal. Origin: The manuscript was written for one of the Carthusian houses in France. Shelfmark: Berkeley, CA, The Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law, Robbins MS 2.
Formatted Contents Note
Fol. 1r-6v: "[Calendarium] Januarius habet dies xxxi ... xiiii a ii Silvestri pape et confessori" ; fol. 7r-85v: "[Breviarium] Feria iiam ad primam antiphona. Servite domino psalmus David beatus vir qui non abiit in consilio impiorum ... Qui reminiscimi [sic] domini ne taceatis et ne detis silentium ei donec stabilitat et donec ponat Ihesum Christum laudem in terra" ; fol. 85v-146r: "[Hymnarium] Incipiunt hymni per totum annum tam pro festis quam pro ferialibus diebus et primo in adventu Domini ... Sacerdos in eternum Christus dominus secundum ordinem Melchisedech panem et vinum obtulit. Seculorum. Alleluya alleluya alleluya Seculorum."
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Manuscript was part of the original collection donated by Lloyd M. Robbins.