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Ms. Codex 1604 - [Hymns and prayers]
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 1604 - [Hymns and prayers]
[Hymns and prayers] [manuscript].
[Germany, ca. 1475-1499]
Physical description:
86 leaves : paper ; 210 x 152 (150 x 89) mm. bound to 219 x 172 mm.
Manuscript collection of texts of hymns and prayers bound with slightly later printed pastoral works appropriate for a priest. The first 6 gatherings of the manuscript section (f. 1-72) contain 86 hymns and prayers in Latin with interlinear German, each followed by a German translation, including Conditor alme siderum (f. 1r), Veni redemptor genitum (f. 1v), Criste redemptor omnium (f. 7r), Ave maris stella (f. 14v), Veni creator spiritus (f. 38r). Some of the Latin texts in this section have numerical notations above words. The sequence Ave praeclara maris stella, with Latin and German text intermingled, has been added by another hand on the last leaves of this section (f. 70v-72r). The last gathering of the manuscript section (f. 73-86), in a different hand and slightly different format, contains 30 hymns in Latin all with numerical notation above words in the text and with marginal commentary. Notes by later hands are dated 1556 (f. 86r) and 1553 (last flyleaf). Printed works precede and follow the manuscript section. An edition of the Liber florum beati Bernardi abbatis Clarevallensis printed in Augsburg in 1519 comprises the first half of the volume. Editions published in 1515 in Leipzig by Melchior Lotter of the Stella clericorum, an anonymous 13th-century pastoral handbook, and the Secreta sacerdotum by Heinrich von Langenstein, follow the manuscript section.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger (Zacour-Hirsch).
Collation: Paper, 86; 1¹²(-1+1) 2-6¹² 7¹⁴; [1-86], modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto.
Layout: Written in 29 long lines; Latin texts are written on alternate lines with interlinear glosses.
Script: Latin written in a Gothic hybrid script and German written in a cursive script, by at least 2 hands (f. 1-72, 73-86).
Decoration: 2- to 4-line initials and rubrics in red throughout; initials in text touched with red.
Binding: 16th-century pigskin (Zacour-Hirsch) over spine and inner half of wooden boards with a pair of metal catches and bases for straps.
Origin: Manuscript section written in Germany in the late 15th century (Zacour-Hirsch).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1604
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1604
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