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Ms. Codex 1239 - [Monastic ritual and Passion sequence]
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 1239 - [Monastic ritual and Passion sequence]
Title:
[Monastic ritual and Passion sequence] [manuscript].
Origin:
[Italy], 1518.
Physical description:
66 leaves : parchment, music ; 161 x 110 (106 x 73) mm. bound to 168 x 115 mm.
Summary:
A portable monastic libellus, or partial ritual book, describing the administration of rites to an ill monk, the burial rites of a monk or layperson, and the prayers, chants, and processions associated with them; the libellus demonstrates the role of the monks in ensuring proper burial for members of the lay community. The punctus flexus punctuation and the inclusion of St. Hugh of Lincoln, the second-most prominent saint (behind Bruno) in the Carthusian Order, suggest that the manuscript belonged to a Carthusian monastery. The mentions of St. Jerome and St. Katherine of Siena suggest the manuscript may have been tied to the Hieronymites of Fiesole. Includes a hymn in square notation on 4-line staves in red ink (f. 22r-25r).
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger (Les Enluminures).
Incipit: Cum autem frater egrotus morti propinquare putabitur congregat conventus... (f. 2r)
Explicit: ... iuxta erat monumentum posuerunt Jesum (f. 65v).
Collation: Parchment, 66; 1⁹(+1) 2-7⁸ 8⁹(+9); modern foliation in pencil, [1-66], upper right recto.
Layout: Written in up to 20 long lines, ruled in lead.
Script: Written in a Gothic hybrid script.
Decoration: Gilt page edges; paragraph markers in red and blue ink, rubrics in red ink, initials of 1-7 lines alternating in red or blue ink.
Binding: Contemporary leather over wood boards, with metal clasp and catch (Les Enluminures).
Origin: Written in Italy, 1518 (f. 65v).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1239
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1239
 
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