|Specific title||Noted breviary fragment: Feast of the Holy Cross, Matins/Lauds (Beals 45 verso) |
|Date||15th century? |
|Earliest Date||1400 |
|Latest Date||1499 |
|Country of Origin||Unknown |
|Genre||Noted Breviary |
|Dimensions||Fragment: 180 x 238 mm; folio: 180 x 140 mm; text/music: 157 x 104 mm |
|Number of Folios||Bifolium fragment |
|Script||Gothic: Textualis semi-quadrata: 2 mm. |
|Decoration||Text in black ink.|
Alternating blue and red pen-flourished initials, 10 mm high, start each prayer or reading. Decorated black initials, also 10 mm and highlighted with red ink, start each chant in the music. Red repeated vowels indicate syllables that are to be held for multiple notes.
|Notes||This manuscript is of northern European origin, possibly England.|
Layout: One column, varying number of lines. Ruled in leadpoint.
Music: Four-line stave, square notation without tails, F or C clef signs on each stave.
Script: Crossed Tironian et; Single-compartment a akin to back-trailing a; Lower loop of g swings right; Biting of pe, be, de; Some forking on ascenders; Use of 9 for con; Round s at word end; Uneven letters; Leftward sweeping x; Downturn on d.
Text: Readings and sung portions of the Office are interspersed. Music is not provided for all chants. Text from right page of the recto is continued on the left page of the verso.
Condition: Approximately half of the left leaf of the bifolium has been cut off.
|Contextual Notes||The abbreviation 'euouae' is an unusual abbreviation that stands for "seculorum, amen" (it consists of all the vowels in those two words.)|
|Incipit||Left: destruxisti et vitam|
Right: pependit in qua Christus triumphavit et mors mortem
|Explicit||Left: triumphavit rex angelorum alleluya. Benedicte. evovae.|
Right: dominus ad iudicandum venerit
|Text source||Catholic Church: Divine Office. |
|Subjects||Manuscripts--Medieval; Catholic Church--Breviary.: : |
|Digital Collection||Medieval and Historical Manuscripts |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division |
|Identification Number||Beals 45v |
|Object Type||Manuscript, medieval |
|Provenance||Walter B. Beals Collection |
|Restrictions||All items in the collection are fragile, and permission is needed to view them, Access by appointment only. |
|Reference||Brown, 86-89; Bishchoff, 135. |
|Staff notes||A note glued to the bifolium identifies the manuscript as 15th century, but the script and chant notation suggest it might be earlier.|