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HM 1121

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HYMNAL for vespers
Bologna, s. XVI
1. ff. lv-25: [f. 1, blank] Hymns for 31 feasts of the temporale, sanctorale and common of saints at vespers, text only. 2. ff. 25v-27: Suffrages “della Croce, De gli Apostoli, De Sancto Augustino, di San Petronio, della pace.” 3. ff. 27v-29v: Office of Petronius. Parchment, ff. i (contemporary paper) + 29 + i (contemporary paper); 467 × 318 (348 × 244) mm. 16(-6, with no loss of text) 2-74. 17 long lines, but up to 21 on ff. 5-6, due to rewritten text; cf. erasures in the same area. Ruled in lead; slash pricking along the left and right bounding lines; additional pricking the upper and lower outside corners of the leaves (to mark the size of the leaf?). Written in a round gothic liturgical script. On f. 1v, 6-line pink initial with yellow and green acanthus leaves wrapped around it, and with floral infilling and border spray. On ff. 2v-3, full border across the opening in panels of Renaissance foliage on a painted gold ground, with roundels of a parrot, a rabbit and the monograms IHS and CPS; 6-line historiated initial on f. 2v of the Nativity, possibly repainted. On ff. 10v (Corpus Christi) and 13 (John the Baptist), 4-line colored initials decorated with acanthus leaves on painted gold grounds. On f. 21, 4-line historiated initial of Stephen (but at hymn for the common of a martyr) in similar style with small floral spray in the upper margin. 4- to 2-line poorly done initials in blue with red flourishing or in red with blue or brown flourishing; 1-line initials alternating red and blue. Rubrics throughout. Bound, s. XVI, in dark brown leather over bevelled wooden boards; 1 fore edge clasp, closing front to back. Written in the sixteenth century for use in Bologna, as evidenced by the devotions to Petronius. On the front pastedown, a small square paper label with a red “6” stamped on it; in pencil “64. Orazioni.” Date and source of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown. Bibliography: De Ricci, 93.
Abbreviations
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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