File NLW MS 22252A [RESTRICTED ACCESS]. - Officium mortuorum,

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Officium mortuorum,


  • [15 cent.]. (Creation)

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63 ff.. A quire wanting after f. 58 : ff. 1-58 parchment, ff. 59-63 paper, watermark similar to Briquet 3627 ; 110 x 75 mm. (written space c. 75 x 55 mm.) Contemporary binding of whittawed skin over oak boards, on three thongs.

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'SP' and '7' in ink on covers, medieval. 'po/s Nov. 82' and 'No. 1548', 19 cent., inside lower cover.

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Sotheby's; London; Purchased at auction, lot 90; 24 June 1986

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The office of the dead, substantially as in F. Procter & C. Wordsworth, Breviarum ad usum insignis ecclesiae Sarum (Cambridge, 1879-1886), II, 271-82 (ff. 1-50, one leaf wanting before f. 1 and one after f. 46); antiphons, responses and versicles are all noted for music; written in textura, rubrics and staves in red, plain red initials, perhaps mid 15 cent. Added prayers in cursive hands on f. 50v. Quire 8 (ff. 51-8) is from an earlier manuscript, perhaps first half 15 cent., written in textura with blue initials and red penwork; it begins and ends abruptly, containing part of the litany followed by psalm 118. Quire 9 (ff. 59-63), in a cursive hand, on paper, second half 15 cent., concludes psalm 118 and has collects and a post-communion from masses for the dead (including that for a bishop) and part of the commendation of souls.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 22252A [RESTRICTED ACCESS].

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  • English



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