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DOMINICAN BREVIARY
Germany, s. XVex
1. ff. 1-6v: Graded calendar in red and black, including the feasts of the Octave of Stephen (2 January, 3 lessons), Erhard (8 January), Translation of Thomas Aquinas (28 January, in red, totum duplex), “Anniversarium patrum et matrum” (4 February), Cunigundis (3 March, in red, simplex), Thomas Aquinas (7 March, in red, totum duplex), Octave of Thomas Aquinas (14 March), Vincent Ferrer (5 April, in red, totum duplex), Octave of Vincent (12 April), Peter martyr (29 April, in red, totum duplex), Translation of Peter martyr (7 May, in red, totum duplex), Apparition of Michael (8 May, totum duplex), Translation of Dominic (24 May, in red, totum duplex), Ulric (4 July), “Anniversarium in cymiteriis nostris sepultorum” (12 July), Henry emperor and confessor (13 July, in red, simplex), Invention of Stephen (3 August, simplex), Dominic (5 August, in red, totum duplex), Transfiguration (6 August, totum duplex), Octave of Dominic (12 August, simplex), Sebald (19 August, in red, simplex), “Anniversarium familiarum et benefactorum” (5 September), Translation of Cunigundis (9 August, in red, simplex), Michael (29 September, in red, totum duplex), Otto (30 September, in red, duplex), Octave of Michael (6 October), “Anniversarium omnium fratrum et sororum ordinis nostri” (10 October), Stephen (26 December, in red, totum duplex); numerous additions to the calendar of saints canonized in the sixteenth century, many of them Dominican; the later personal entries all by a different hand: Raymond of Pennafort (7 January), Chair of Peter (18 January, duplex), Martina virgin and martyr (30 January, duplex), “Anniversarium gilg. scheckenpach” (16 February), Casmir (4 March, duplex), “Anniversarium pater meus Nacht.” (6 March), Gabriel (18 March, totum duplex), Joseph (19 March, totum duplex), Joachim (20 March, totum duplex), Ambrose of Sansedoni (22 March, totum duplex), Francis de Paola (2 April, duplex), Agnes of Montepulciano (20 April, totum duplex), Antoninus Florentinus (2 May), Athanasius (5 May), Gregory Nazianzen (9 May), Stanislas (11 May, duplex), Philip Neri (26 May, duplex), James Salomone (31 May, totum duplex), Petronilla (1 June, 3 lessons), Norbert (6 June, duplex), <?> (22 and 27 June), “Anniversarium mea anfraw” (17 June), “Anniversarium Marx scheckenpach mein anher 1491” (26 August), “Anniversarium pater meus 1494” (31 August), “Anniversarium hanns Repogen 1590 [sic]” (3 September), “Anniversarium <Nicholas?> Regenpogin mein anfraw” (10 September), Eustachius (20 September, duplex), Emmeram (23 September, totum duplex), Guardian Angel (30 September, totum duplex), Bruno (6 October, duplex), Bridget (8 October, duplex), Teresa of Avila (15 October, duplex), Louis Beltran (19 October, totum duplex), “Anniversarium mater mea” (27 October), Wolfgang (31 October, totum duplex), Charles Borromeo (4 November, totum duplex), Albertus Magnus (15 November, totum duplex), “dedicacioni basyli” (Peter & Paul; 18 November, duplex), Bibiana (2 December, duplex); verses in German on the Golden Number in the lower margin of January, March, May. 2. ff. 7-11v: Commemorations of the Virgin, Dominic, Catherine of Alexandria, Peter martyr, Thomas Aquinas and the Eucharist. 3. ff. 12-14: Prayers and lessons for the dead. 4. ff. 14-15v: Office for matins. 5. ff. 16-19v: Prayers for various occasions: zu dem frumal, Nach tisch, Zum abentesse, zu abent, zu mette zeit, umb ein schon weter, An dem ascher mitwochen und hohen donerstag uber dy vii ps., An den creutz tagen fur dy heiligen cristenheyt. 6. ff. 19v-43: Hours of the Virgin: matins, lauds and vespers, and variations for the liturgical year; on f. 27, an added leaf, a computistic calendar based on the 19-year Golden Number cycle (blank on the verso). 7. ff. 43-67v: Office: prime through none and vespers of Sunday and part of Monday. 8. ff. 67v-78: Hours of the Virgin, Dominican use: prime through none, and compline. 9. ff. 78-117v: Office: vespers of part of Thursday through Saturday, and compline, ending with the Salve Regina and a suffrage of Dominic; ff. 97-100v, antiphons and hymns for various feasts; ff. 100v-117v, changed office for the temporale, from the first Sunday after the octave of Epiphany through the 25th Sunday after Pentecost. 10. ff. 117v-153: Office of the Dead, Dominican use. 11. ff. 153-169v: Penitential psalms and litany, including Peter among the martyrs; Dominic (twice), Thomas, Vincent and Sebald among the confessors; Catherine (twice), Ursula and Cunigundis among the virgins; ff. 168-169v, alternate litany for the dead, beginning with Elizabeth of Thuringia. 12. ff. 170-190v: Psalmi communes (Pss. 1-5, 8, 10, 14-15, 18, 20-25, 53, 92, 32-33, 44-46, 60, 63, 74, 86, 95-98, some by cue only). 13. ff. 190v-194: Office of Dominic. 14. ff. 194-213v: Common of saints; worked in under the office of each classification (one martyr, many martyrs, one confessor, etc.) are collects for various saints: a list of saints’ names is given in the rubrics, the prayers having only the generic “N.” 15. ff. 214-240v: Temporale, day offices only, from Advent through the Octave of Corpus Christi; no major feasts are present; ff. 238-240v, Octave of the dedication of a church. 16. ff. 240v-281: Sanctorale, day offices only, from the octave of Andrew (7 December) through Saturninus (29 November), including Cunigundis, Octave of Vincent Ferrer, Catherine of Siena, Henry, Invention of Stephen, Octave of Dominic, Sebald, Octave of Michael, Otto; no major feasts are present; ff. 277-281, psalms and antiphons in passione domini nostri ihesu christi and versicles for the nocturns of the feast of the Annunciation. 17. ff. 281-285v: Additions by later hands: f. 281v, s. XV, prayer to Apollonia; ff. 281v-283, s. XVI, antiphons and capitula for the hours of the office during Lent and Passion Sunday; ff. 283v-284, ruled, but blank; f. 284v, s. XVI, “Quoniam non delectat dulcis organica Cantus/ Rudibus Ac truncis Erit Emmerandus”; f. 285r-v, s. XV, antiphons for the vigil of the Separation of the Apostles. 18. ff. 286-289v: Office of Catherine of Alexandria. Parchment, ff. i (paper) + 289 + i (paper); 127 × 90 (93-94 × 59-60) mm. 16 210 310(+11, f. 27) 4-2610 278 2810 2910(-10, plus one short leaf tipped in at end of quire) 304. Catchwords in inner lower margin. 16 long lines, ruled in brown ink, the second rule from the top and from the bottom full across. Written in a gothic book hand with additions in a hybrida script (f. 281v), in 2 cursive scripts (ff. 281v-283 and 284v), in a littera textualis script (f. 285r-v) and in a contemporary gothic book hand (ff. 286-289v). Opening historiated initial, f. 7, 7-line, in white-highlighted blue, enclosing the Virgin and Child against an embossed gold ground, the whole within a frame of narrow green, orange and red segments, with multicolored acanthus leaf extensions; 4- and 3-line initials in blue with void design on initial, infilled and decorated with penwork flourishing in the ink of the text; 2-line initials alternating red or blue, occasionally with flourishing in ink or other color; plain red or blue 1-line initials; initials within the text slashed in red. Music in square notation on 4-line red staves for the antiphons and responses of the office of the dead; on 3-line red staves for cues of the antiphons, ff. 43v-95. Initials in music in red, blue or calligraphic black, often touched with red. Brown leather tabs along fore edges. Some later marginalia. Bound, s. XVI (?), in worn blue velvet over wooden boards; 2 fore edge clasps of brass and leather, closing from back to front. Written at the end of the fifteenth century for use in a Dominican convent for nuns, probably in the diocese of Bamberg, as shown by the presence of Cunigundis, Henry and many Dominican saints in the calendar. Feminine forms, “Sorores sobrie estote…” (f. 91v) begin compline, where responses are headed “Das spricht dy priorin” and “Der convent spricht.” It was still presumably in Dominican ownership in the seventeenth century, when additions were being made to the calendar, the latest being that of Louis Beltran (here 19 October), beatified in 1608 and canonized in 1671. On the back flyleaf verso, release stamp of the Denkmalschutz. Belonged to Mary W. T. Dickinson, who had acquired it by June 1945, probably from Dawson’s Book Shop, Los Angeles (their price code in pencil on the front pastedown). Received by the Huntington Library in April 1953 as a bequest from Mary Dickinson (d. September 1952).
Secundo folio: [f. 8] (do-)minici confessoris
Bibliography: Chronica, 3.
Abbreviations
Chronica
J. Preston, “Medieval Manuscripts at the Huntington: Supplement to De Ricci’s Census,” Chronica: a Newsletter Published by the Medieval Association of the Pacific 21 (1977) 2-9

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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