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- Catholic Church.
- [Lyon?, France, between 1275 and 1325]
176 leaves : parchment, col. ill., music ; 256 x 185 (200 x 127-132) mm. bound to 265 x 195 mm.
Catholic Church -- Prayers and devotions -- Early works to 1800.
Catholic Church -- Liturgy -- Texts.
Antiphonaries -- Specimens.
Divine office (Music)
Gregorian chants -- Manuscripts.
Manuscripts, Latin -- 13th century.
Manuscripts, Latin -- 14th century.
- Latin, with a few marginal notes in French.
- Secular (as opposed to monastic) antiphonary for liturgical use in Lyon, containing the chants of the Divine Office for major feasts and Sundays. Possibly copied for use in the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Lyon, as the Feast of Saint John the Baptist is the only sanctoral feast distinguished with a large puzzle initial (f. 111v). The other sanctoral feasts included are for Agnes, Agatha, Philip and James, John and Paul, Peter, Paul, Lawrence, the Assumption of the Virgin, Michael, Cecilia, and Andrew. The last gathering of the manuscript (f. 172-176), containing 9 chants for Psalm 94 and antiphons, may be a later addition, as its layout diverges from that of the rest of the manuscript. Some 15th- and 16th-century marginal annotations and corrections.
1. f.1r-129v: [Temporale with 13 feasts from the sanctorale]
2. f.129v-145r: [Common of the Saints]
3. f.145r-160r: [Responsaries for Sundays after Pentecost]
4. f.160r-166r: Antiphone diebus dominicis per circulum anni.
5. f.166r-170r: [Antiphons for Sundays after Pentecost]
6. f.170r-171r: In dedicatione ecclesie.
7. f.172r-176v: [Tones and antiphons for the invitatory, Psalm 94]
- Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Collation: Parchment, i (late 17th- or 18th-century paper) + 176 + i (late 17th- or 18th-century paper); 1⁸ 2¹⁰(-1) 3¹⁰(-2) 4-10⁸ 11⁶ 12-21⁸ 22⁶(-1) 23⁶(-1); i-clxxvi, [1-176]; near-contemporary foliation in roman numerals in ink, upper left verso; modern foliation in ink, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in up to 12 staves per leaf, with a line of text below each staff, except for the last gathering (f. 172-176), which is written in 2 columns of 13 staves (f. 172r-173r) and 14 staves with no side margins (f. 173v-176v); ruled in lead; some prickings visible.
Script: Written in a Gothic script.
Decoration: 9 large puzzle initials in red and blue with red and blue filigree penwork extending in the margins (f. 29v, 33v, 40v, 87v, 104r, 107v, 111v, 123v, 145r); smaller initials in red with blue filigree or blue with red filigree throughout; staves and rubrics in red; later addition of a small drawing in ink in place of a missing initial I (f. 144v).
Music: Square notation on 4-line staves in red ink.
Binding: Late 17th- or 18th-century calf over pasteboards (Les Enluminures).
Origin: Written in France, probably Lyon, in the last quarter of the 13th or first quarter of the 14th century (Les Enluminures).
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the B. H. Breslauer Foundation.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Edward J. Lewis Book Fund.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Charles J. Stille Fund.
- Possibly copied for and used in the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Lyon (Les Enluminures).
Ownership inscriptions: Franciscus Faverjon (f. 58v, uncovered parchment pastedown inside lower cover), Petrus Giraud (f. 168v), both in 16th-century cursive hands.
Formerly owned by Georges Gendreau, curator of the Bibliothèque de la ville de Fontainebleau, who acquired it when it was being sold as bookbinder's waste.
Sold by Les Enluminures (Paris and Chicago), 2011.
- Cited in:
- Listed in Amiet, Robert. Inventaire général des livres liturgiques du diocèse de Lyon (Paris: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1979), p. 27.
Listed in Amiet, Robert. Les manuscrits liturgiques du diocèse de Lyon (Paris: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1998), p. 29 (no. 1).
- Cite as:
- UPenn Ms. Codex 1590
Faverjon, Franciscus, former owner.
Giraud, Petrus, former owner.
Gendreau, Georges, former owner.
Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Lyon, France), former owner.
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