In an initial [S], the Presentation in the Temple, for the Feast of the Circumcision (i.e. the Octave of Christmas, 1 January): before the altar, the Virgin hands the Christ-child to St. Simeon; at the far left, Joseph holds the two doves for the sacrifice; at the far right, Anna the Prophetess stands holding a banderole reading "Anna Profetisa." (see Luke 2:36-38). She is nimbed, having been confused
as is often the case
with St. Anne.
Title devised by cataloger.
Origin: Produced in Italy in the mid-fourteenth century.
Bibliographic record created by BPL staff based on description by Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis.
Provenance: The [S] seems likely to have been cut from the beginning of the antiphon "Speciosus formata", in which case the text on the dorse, "... pleti s[un]t ..." is likely to be from the antiphon "Hodie completi sunt." The manuscript would then be identifiable as an Antiphonal. From the same manuscript as BPL MS pb. Med. 165.
Source of acquisition: Purchased in 1953 from Hoepli.
Bond, W.H. Supplement to the Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, p. 219
Script: Written in a Gothic rotunda in black ink.
Binding: Housed in an oversize folder.
Bibliography: Boston Public Library Quarterly VII (1955), p.75.