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Two leaves from the Beauvais Missal

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Two leaves from the Beauvais Missal
Title (uniform):
Beauvais Missal
Former owner:
Hangest, Robert
Former owner:
Brölemann, Henri August
Former owner:
Ege, Otto F.
Former owner:
Duschnes, Philip C.
Catholic Church
Former owner:
Cathédrale Saint-Pierre (Beauvais, France)
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
Collection (local):
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts (Collection of Distinction)
[2] leaves ; parchment, music ; 290 x 200 (200 x 135) mm.
Terms of Use:
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
Notes (ownership):
Provenance 1: Commissioned in the late 13th century, according to an inscription on what was originally the opening leaf (now lost), given by bequest from Canon Robert de Hangest to the cathedral of Beauvais on 3 November of an unknown year at the end of the 13th century ("Dns Robertus de hangestis quondam can.cus Beluacci legauit Istam terciam ptem missalis Ecclie Beluaccii p obitu suo in eadem ppet. singul. annis faciendo tcia die Novembr"). Possibly sold by Gay (Lyon) in 1834. Later owned by Henri Auguste Brölemann, also of Lyon, and presumably passed by descent to his great-granddaughter, Mme. Etienne Mallet.
Provenance 2: It was last recorded as complete (and described in detail) when it was sold at Sotheby's London on 4 May 1926, lot 161, as part of the Brölemann collection (SDBM 6017). In that catalogue, the lower edge of the manuscript was described as gilt "au pointillé"; the gilt is still discernable on the leaves' edges. Purchased by Permain in 1926, the manuscript was later acquired by Otto Ege (1888-1951) and broken up by him into individual leaves for resale; it was number 15 in his "Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts" portfolio.
Provenance 3: The calendar page on whose blank recto the Beauvais inscription was written has since been lost. Numerous leaves of this manuscript survive in Ege portfolios in collections throughout North America (see for an up-to-date listing of portfolio locations). Single leaves, not part of portfolios, can be found in the following collections: Cleveland Museum of Art (acc. 82.141); Harvard University, Houghton Library (MS Typ 956); Harvard University, Houghton Library (2 folios); Hollins University, Special Collections (s.n. 2 folios); Metropolitan Museum of Art (acc. 1992.238); Oberlin College, Allen Memorial Art Museum (acc. 1993.16); Indianapolis Museum of Art; Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Rutgers University; The Martin Schøyen Collection (MS 222. 2 folios); University of Kansas, Kenneth Spencer Research Library (MS 9/1:B7); University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library (MS 49); Wellesley College (MS 33); Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (MS 804 ). Altogether, at least 48 leaves of this manuscripts are known.
Notes (acquisition):
Purchased by the BPL from dealer Philip Duchsnes in 1950.
Notes (date):
Conjectured date of production based on an inscription on what was originally the first leaf of the Missal (see provenance note).
Notes (citation):
For published description, see: Shailor, Barbara A. "Otto Ege: His Manuscript Fragment Collection and the Opportunities Presented by Electronic Technology," The Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries 60 (2003), p. 1-22.
Bond, W.H. Supplement to the Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, p. 212
Ms. leaves.
Title devised by cataloger.
Origin: Written in France in the late 13th century.
Formerly cataloged as BPL MS 1538.
Currently cataloged under MS pb Med. 110.
In Latin.
Notes (object):
Collation: Parchment, two leaves.
Layout: 2 columns (60 mm each), 21 lines; bounding and writings lines in blind or light plummet; square Gregorian notation on a four-line red staff, no stems.
Script: Written in a Gothic bookhand in black ink with red rubrics.
Decoration: Two-line initials throughout in red and blue with white filigree highlighting and spiked bar extensions with foliate ends extending well into margins.
Decoration 2: When whole, the manuscript had 309 leaves, thirty-five large decorative initials with burnished gold, numerous smaller initials, and four historiated initials, three depicting the celebration of mass, and the fourth, Ecclesia and Synagoga.
Table of Contents:
1. f.1: Second Sunday after Easter: Oratio/ Deus qui in filii tui ... / ... Et prefatio Te quidem non dicuntur. D[ominica] iiia ...
2. f.2: Decollation of St. John the Baptist (29 August); St. Sabina (29 August); Sts. Felix and Adauctus (30 August); St. Pricianus (1 September). Post communione/ Conferat nobis domine sancti iohannis baptiste ... / Ipso die Sanctae sabinae Collecta ... / Sanctorum felicis et adaucti ... / Sancti prisci martyr collecta ... / ... letari ut intercessione ...
Call #:
BPL MS 1538
MS pb Med. 110