- Title (alt.):
Catalog of martyrs and saints arranged according to the order of their feasts, i.e., according to the calendar.
- Usuard, -876 or 877
- Former owner:
- Cockerell, Sydney Carlyle, Sir, 1867-1962
- Former owner:
- Ashburnham, Bertram Ashburnham, Earl of, 1797-1878
- Former owner:
- Barrois, Joseph, approximately 1785-1855
- Sotheby's (Firm)
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)--Belgium
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
- Collection (local):
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts (Collection of Distinction)
- 227 leaves : parchment, ill. ; 355 x 240 (227 x 165) mm bound to 38 x 26 cm
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
- Place of origin:
- Table of Contents:
1. fol. 1-24: calendar (two leaves per month, approx. 1/3 filled) Januarius habet dies XXXI...
2. fol. 25-215: Martyrologium Praefatio super opere martyrologii/Festivitates sanctorum apostolorum.../Kalendis ianuarii/Octava nativitatis domini.../...in resurrectionis gloria resuscitari mereantur.
3. fol. 215v-216v: Versiculi Paschales (unidentified) Doctor et Orator animam vult.../...Anno domini Millesimo quadringentesimo vicesimo quinto/Martius iii numerat sine iii numeratur
4. fol. 217-226: Provinciale (unidentified) Incipit provinciale omnium partium mundum/In patriarchatii anthiochensi sunt CLIII ecclesiae.../...Tyberiaden./Explicit provinciale omnium partium mundi.
Bibliographic record created by BPL staff based on description by Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis.
Origin: Written in Flanders in 1425 (see colophon on fol. 216v). The calendar includes numerous Flemish saints, among them Amandus (6 February, in red), Eleuterius, Bishop of Tournai (20 February), Leandrus, Bishop of Trier (27 February), Gertrude (17 March, spelled with Flemish orthography, "Gheertrudis"), Georgius (23 April, in red), Amalberga (10 July, in red), Gengulphus (12 October, a date associated with Tournai), and Winnocus, abbot of Wormhout (6 November). The date of 12 October for Gengulphus suggests a possible Tournai use.
- Notes (ownership):
Provenance: 17th-century inscriptions on fol. 1 (noting the location of the colophon) and 215v (adding the title to the Versiculi Paschales); 17th-century shelfmark inside front cover ("+ M + /208"). Owned by Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Barrois (1784-1855), his 1849 sale (n. 131) to Bertram, the Fourth Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878). Annotations of Sir Sydney Cockerell at front: "Martyrologium Usuardi, Versus Paschales (see date at end), Provinciale."
- Notes (acquisition):
Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased for the BPL by Syndey Cockerell at the Ashburnham sale, Sotheby's London June 13, 1901 lot 382.
- Notes (citation):
Ricci, S. de. Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, I, 921.
- Notes (object):
Secundo folio: XVIII b XVII KL
Collation: Parchment, fol. i + 226 ; 1-27⁸ 28¹⁰ ; some signatures preserved in lower right corner recto, e.g. [b1], indicating that quire 5 was signed [a], quire 6 was [b], etc. Catchwords preserved in lower right corner of final verso of a few quires, usually only when the following recto is a text page, not a calendrical chart. Modern arabic foliation in pencil, every 25 leaves, lower right corner recto.
Layout: One or two columns, 24 or 40 lines. Bounding and writing lines in black ink.
Script: Written in a gothic bookhand (fol. 217 in a different hand, possibly slightly later) in black ink with red rubrics (some rubricator guides preserved in lower margin). 2-line initials throughout in red with blue filigree or vice versa, some guide letters preserved in outer margin; 2-to 3-line gold initials at Kalends of each month, eleven in all (lacking that for April) filled with and on blue and salmon compartments with white filigree highlighting; five 3- to 4-line gold initials in the preface (three) and epistle (fol. 25 ff.), in same scheme; four-line calendrical diagrams on each day in red and black.
Decoration: 15 illuminated initials; ornamental pen letters on every page.
Binding: Early diaper-scored pigskin over boards, with double-fillet border, rebacked, "Martiro[lo]gium" written in large square gothic letters on front cover, original metal clasps and fastenings on modern leather straps, spine in compartments with gilt-stamped red and green leather labels, "Martyrologium/Versus paschales/ Provinciale/ in membranis/saec. XV." Original parchment pastedowns and conjugate flyleaves, cornerpieces lacking (evidenced by rust burns on pastedowns).
- Notes (bibliography):
Bibliography: Zoltan Haraszti, "Medieval Manuscripts in The Library," More Books III (1928): 63 (this description pasted inside front cover).
- Notes (language):
- Call #:
RARE BKS MS f Med.18
MS G.31.88 (no longer used)