Single leaf from a 15th-century gradual : in Latin
- Single leaf from a 15th-century gradual : in Latin
- Former owner:
- Ball, John Henry
- Former owner:
- Ball, John Brayfield
- Former owner:
- Lucas, Sydney Edward
- Catholic Church
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
- Collection (local):
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts (Collection of Distinction)
- 1 leaf : parchment, ill. ; 550 x 382 (365 x 270) mm.
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
- Notes (ownership):
Provenance: Round pink label reading "Ball Collection 33" in upper right recto.
- Notes (acquisition):
Purchased by the BPL from Maggs in 1961.
- Notes (citation):
For published descriptions, see: Sacred/Secular exhibition, no. 15; Einhorn, J. Spiritalis Unicornis (Munich, 1976), see esp. pp. 212-215, 359-375 and figs. 110-120.
Title devised by cataloger.
Origin: Written in South Germany or Switzerland in the late fifteenth century. Two other leaves from the same manuscript are MS pb Med. 205 and MS pb Med. 207.
- Notes (object):
Collation: Parchment leaf. Folio number "3" written in upper right corner of recto in black ink, also in center of upper margin.
Layout: One column, five staves. Bounding and writing lines in light plummet. Square notation on a four-line red staff, C and G lines noted.
Script: Written in a rounded Gothic bookhand in black ink with red rubrics.
Decoration 1: On recto, two-staff-high floriate initial [A] in colors on gold background, for "Aspiciens a longe," the first Responsory of the First Sunday of Advent, historiated with the Holy Hunt; the Virgin sits in an enclosed garden, a small unicorn on her lap. At the left, the Angel Gabriel, as the Huntsman, holds a spear and three leashed hounds with his left hand and brings a trumpet to his lips with his right. In the garden, Old Testament objects with metaphorical and prefiguratorial significance, identified with banderoles, clockwise from upper left as follows: "Virga aaron" (rod of Aaron, Numbers 17:6), "Rubus moysi" (burning bush, Exodus 3:2), "Porta ezechielis" (the closed door of the Temple, Ezechiel 44:1-3), "Urna aurea" (golden jar that held the manna, Hebrews 9:4), "Vellus gideonis" (the fleece by which Gideon was tested, Judges 6:36-40), "Ortus conclusus" (the enclosed garden, Song of Songs 4:12), and "Fons signatus" (the sealed fountain, Song of Songs 4:12).
Decoration 2: Scrolling vines and flowers in upper and lower margins in colors, enclosing busts of Old Testament figures, each with a banderole of an Old Testament quote said to foretell the coming of Jesus, some periphrastic. Upper margin, left to right: Jeremiah: "Mortum faciet dominus super terram" (sic. Jer. 2:6); Baalam: "Orietur stella ex Jacob" (Numbers 24:18). Lower margin, left to right: Zechariah: "Ecce rex tuus veniet tibi. Capitulo 9am" (Zechariah 9:9); Isaiah: "Ecce virgo concipiet et pariet filius" (Isaiah 7:14); David: "De fructu ventris tui ponam super sedem" (Psalm 131:11); Micah: "Tu Bethleem terra iuda ex te mihi exiet dominum" (sic. Mic. 5:2); Malachi: "Statim veniet ad templum sacram suum dominator" (Mal. 3:1).
Binding: Tipped into custom matte.
- Table of Contents:
1. ... veniet et salvabit ... / R. Aspiciens a longe ecce video ... / ... Ite obviam ei et dicite ...
- Call #:
RARE BKS MS pb Med. 206