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Two Bifolia from a ca. 15th-century ferial psalter : in Latin

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Title:
Two Bifolia from a ca. 15th-century ferial psalter : in Latin
Title (uniform):
Psalter
Creator:
Catholic Church
Former owner:
Libreria antiquaria Hoepli
Date:
[1475–1499]
Format:
Manuscripts
Genre:
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)
Psalters
Location:
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
Collection (local):
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts (Collection of Distinction)
Places:
Italy
Extent:
4 leaves : parchment, ill. ; 553 x 392 (390 x 290) mm.
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Notes (acquisition):
Source of acquisition: Acquired in 1957 from Hoepli, Milan.
Notes (citation):
Bond, W.H. Supplement to the Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, p. 221
Notes:
Ms. bifolia.
Title devised by cataloger.
Ms. fragment.
Origin: Written in northern Italy in the fourth quarter of the 15th century.
Notes (object):
Script: Written in a Gothic rotunda in black ink with red rubrics. Early Roman foliation alternating red and blue letters, outer center margin of each recto; a was ff. IV and V, and b was ff. CXXXV and CXLII. "Dom." tab on outer edge of f. a1, added ca. 17th century, marking the first Psalm for Sunday.
Layout: 1 column, 15 lines. Bounding lines in blind, full-length. Comprised of two bifolia: the two leaves comprising bilfolium a are consecutive; they were the innermost bifolium of their quire. Bifolium b was the outermost bifolium of its quaternion, lacking three bifolia between its two leaves; it has been folded backwards, so the catchword appears on b1 verso instead of the verso of the last folio.
Decoration: Two four-line floriated historiated initials in colors on gold, a few acanthus swirls in upper and/or lower margin: f. 4 (i.e. a1 recto), King David on a green hillside playing the harp; on f. 135v (i.e. B2 verso), King David at prayer, God visible in the heavenly aperture above. Verse initials alternate red and blue epigraphic capitals. the miniatures attributed in the Supplement to Giovanni Gadio da Cremona (this attribution not certain).
Binding: Housed in an oversize manila folder.
Language:
Latin
Table of Contents:
Bifolium 185a: Psalms for Sunday ff. 4-5 v: Psalm 1:1 "Beatus" - 2:13 "eius"
Bifolium 185b: Psalms for Feria 5 f. 135: Hymn "Nox atra rerum"; Psalm 68:1-4 "defec[erunt]" f. 142: Psalm 70:18 "deus ne" - 71:3
Identifier:
06_01_016260-06_01_016267
Call #:
RARE BKS MS pb Med. 185
BPL MS 1610 (no longer used)
BPL MS 1611 (no longer used)
Barcode:
39999087663702