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FERIAL CHOIR PSALTER
Poland, s. XVI
1. f. i, Contemporary alphabetical index to the psalms at matins with reference to folio numbers; f. i verso, later alphabetical index to all the psalms and some of the canticles in the volume with reference to folio numbers. 2. ff. 1-48v: Psalms for matins with antiphons, ending with the Te deum. 3. ff. 49-54: Psalms for lauds with antiphons, ending with the canticle Benedictus dominus deus. 4. ff. 54v-79v: Psalms for the days of the week at vespers with noted antiphons; each day ending with its hymn. 5. ff. 80-108v: Hymns for the temporale, sanctorale, common of saints and the dedication of a church; noted. 6. ff. 109-119v: Hympni Patronorum Ordinis (for the Holy Name of Jesus, Anthony, Clare, the Stigmata, Francis); noted. 7. ff. 120-121v: De Patronis Polonorum Hympni, In festo sancti Floriani, Gratuletur ecclesia nova laudum preconia…[RH 7439]; In festo sancti Stanislai, Gaude mater Polonia prole fecunda nobili…[RH 6877]; noted. 8. ff. 122-124v: Psalms for compline, ending with the hymn Te lucis ante terminum and the canticle Nunc dimittis. 9. ff. 125-129: Noted antiphons for the Virgin at compline through the liturgical year; Responsorium de Sancto Antonio, Si queris miracula…[RH 18886]; noted antiphons for the Ember days of September at lauds. 10. f. 129r-v: [Added in a later hand; noted] Officium gratiarum Actionis, Cantemus domino gloriose enim magnificatus est… Parchment, ff. i + 129; 595 × 385 (445 × 300) mm. 18(-2, 8; no loss of text) 2-86 96(-6; no loss of text) 108(-8; no loss of text) 116(-2; no loss of text) 12-156 166(-6; no loss of text) 176(-6; text missing between ff. 99-100) 18-216 224 232. 16 long lines ruled in dry point. Written in a gothic liturgical book hand; music in square notation on 4-line red staves up to f. 125; arts. 9 and 10 on 5-line staves. On f. 47, following the psalms for matins, a large miniature, ca. 140 × 270 mm., of a friar at his desk copying Ps. 102, enclosed within an elaborate laurel wreath-Renaissance ornament frame, brightly painted in green, yellow, pink, purple, orange, blue and red. On f. 48v, following the Te deum, a large miniature enclosed in a scroll frame, ca. 150 × 350 mm., of putti in a procession, the chariot being drawn by a cat, while some putti ride a goose, a snail or stick horses, and others play bagpipes or engage in mock battle. One historiated initial, f. 95v (Ave maris stella), depicting Gabriel and the Virgin Annunciate. Large initials, 6- to 4-line, with full borders painted in varied geometric or leaf designs in many colors, ff. 1, 49, 80, 109, 116 (Francis); 27 similar large initials, 5- and 4-line, throughout: that on f. 68v, in more sober design and colors, has been cut from another manuscript and pasted in; the initial on f. 121v formed of Renaissance grotesques. Smaller initials, 4- and 3-line, with penwork decoration, ff. 34, 34v, 47v; 3-line initials alternating red and blue, followed by a letter filled in yellow; 1-line initials alternating red and blue. Contemporary foliation in red roman numerals for art. 2; thereafter added in black roman numerals by the same hand as the alphabetical index on f. i verso. Bound, s. XVIII, in heavy wooden boards (the top now loose) covered by leather blind-stamped to form rectangular frames; one of the rolls of foliage with a stag, a unicorn and 2 oval frames, one enclosing a man with tablets (?) and a palm leaf, the other enclosing a man with a crescent on his head (“horned”?), possibly Aaron (?). Large rosette centerpieces and 7 remaining cornerpieces shaped as 2 birds back to back and twisting their heads toward each other; one of the cornerpieces now attached to a top edge instead of its correct position on a bottom edge, as shown by the position of its protruding metal rest. Evidence of 2 fore edge straps, presumably closing to pins on the front cover. Written in Poland in the sixteenth century for a Franciscan convent. Date and source of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown.
Secundo folio: (di-)rumpamus
Bibliography: De Ricci, 76.
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)
RH
U. Chevalier, Repertorium hymnologicum (Louvain 1892-1912, Brussels 1920-21)

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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