Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library
PSALTER1. ff. 1-12v: Calendar in red and black including the feasts of the Translation of Anthony of Padua (15 February), “Resurrectio domini” (27 March, in red), Severus (30 April, in red), “Inventio sancti michaelis” (8 May, in red), Restituta (17 May, in red), Peter de Morrone (19 May), Bernardinus (20 May, in red), Euphebius (23 May, in red), Translation of Francis (25 May, in red), Anthony of Padua (13 June, in red), “Dedicatio sancte marie de angelis” (2 August, in red), “Festum nivis” (5 August, in red), Clare (12 August, in red), Louis of Toulouse (19 August, in red), Antoninus (2 September), Stigmata of Francis (17 September, in red), Januarius (19 September, in red), “Dedicatio sancti michaelis” (29 September, in red), Francis (4 October, in red), Agnellus (14 December, in red); later entries by 2 hands: Francis de Paola (2 April), Thomas Aquinas (8 July), “Sancta maria del carmino” (16 July; now erased), Exuperius bishop and martyr (28 September). 2. ff. 13-16v: List of the psalms, alphabetical in the first letter only, thereafter in the order of appearance in the psalter, with reference to psalm number. 3. ff. 17-162: Biblical psalter, with tituli psalmorum of the Old and New Testaments. 4. ff. 162-176v: Ferial canticles; Benedicite omnia opera; Benedictus domine deus; Magnificat; Nunc dimittis; Te deum; Quicumque vult; Credo in deum patrem; Gloria in excelsis; Pater noster. 5. ff. 176-181: Litany, including Bernardinus and Leonard among monks; Clare and Margaret among virgins. [ff. 181v-182v, ruled, but blank] 6. ff. 183-218: Passion according to the 4 Gospels. 7. ff. 218v-235: Prayers as follow: Oratio ad sanctam trinitatem, Gloria laus et honor virtus potestas atque iubilatio tibi sit…; Ista oratio sequens fuit revelata cuidam fratri et quicumque eam devote cotidie dixerit per triginta dies ante sciet obitum suum, Domine ihesu christe qui septem verba…[Leroquais, LH 2:342]; Hec sequens oratio est in ecclesia beati pauli urbis rome ad pedes crucifixi cuius titulus talis est papa bonifacius viiius concessit…, Deus qui voluisti pro redemptione mundi nasci circumcidi a iudeis reprobari…[HE, 83]; oratio, Deus omnipotens pater et filius et spiritus sanctus Da michi famulo tuo T. victoriam contra inimicos meos…libera me famulum tuum T. de omnibus peccatis meis…salvum me fac T.… Benedicat me T. imperialis maiestas…[de la Mare, Lyell Cat., 373, n. 88]; La sequent oratio feu lo glorios doctor ebisbe mosser sant agosti e demana gratia ad nostro senyor…, Deus propicius esto michi peccatori et custos mei esse digneris…[Römer, i, 374]; Dominus papa benedictus ordinis cistersiensis composuit hanc orationem et concessit…, Precor te piissime domine ihesu christe propter illam eximiam caritatem…ut sis michi T. indigne [sic] famulo tuo pacabilis…[Wilmart, 378, n.]; Alia oratio, Aspice ad me pietas inmensa aspice in me crudelissimum misericordia…; Oratio contra inimicos, Congregati sunt inimici nostri et gloriantur in virtute sua…; oratio, Iuste iudex ihesu christe rex regum et domine…; Alia oratio, Domine qui contritorum non despicis gemitum…pro me famulo tuo T.…; Oratio, Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui nomine tuo sancto liberasti sanctum iohannem apostolum et evangelistam a veneno mortifero…; oratio, Creator celi et terre deus rex regum et dominus dominantium qui me de nichilo fecisti…Et indignum famulum tuum T.…; In elevatione corporis christi, Ad te domine ihesu christe verbum patris filius virginis…[Wilmart, 412]; Oratio in elevatione corporis Ad sacrum corpus, Adoro te devote latens veritas…[RH 519]; Oratio Ad sanguinem christi quando elevatur, Pie pellicane ihesu domine me immundum munda tuo sanguine…; Quicunque tria Ave maria dixerit cotidie et devote in honorem sancte trinitatis cum orationibus hic admittis absque dubio beatam virginem dei genitricem in extremis habebit, oratio, Ave maria, O Maria per unigenitum patrem deprecor ut exitum anime observes…; Oratio gloriosissime virginis marie, Sancta maria dei genitrix mitissima pro amore unigeniti filii tui…ut liberes me indignum famulum tuum T. ab omnibus inimicis meis…; Quicunque subsequentem orationem de mane immediate ad levandum de nocte dixerit beatam virginem dei genitricem mariam videbit cum societate celestium virtutum in suo fine ante anima eius egrediatur a corpore stantem ad sibi succurrendum, O Maria piissima stella maris clarissima mater misericordie aula pudicicie…[RH 13213]; Oratio devota sancti thome que debet dici omni die, Concede michi misericors deus que tibi placita sunt…[Doyle, “Thomas Aquinas”]; Oratio beati thome de aquino, Puro corde credo et ore confiteor te esse verum deum et hominem…; [added, f. 236r-v, in a later hand:] O domine iesu christe fili dei vivi crucifixe propter hominem rogo te propter sancta vulnera tua… Parchment, ff. ii (modern paper) + i (early paper) + 236 + i (early paper) + ii (modern paper); 244 × 167 (131 × 86) mm. 112 24 3-1810 196(through f. 182) 20-2310 248 256. Catchwords placed horizontally in the center lower margin between flourishes, except on quires 16-18 where they are written vertically along the bounding line; quire and leaf signatures in letters and roman numerals. Written in a round gothic liturgical script. Historiated initials probably by Matteo Felice. On f. 17, 11-line historiated initial in self shaded blue with white patterning and gold lining along the inner edge, set on a square gold ground decorated with colored acanthus leaves; the infilling contains David playing his psaltery against a landscape of hills, trees, including a single very tall tree in the center, and blue sky; the lettering for “eatus vir qui” in gold on a blue ground placed vertically the length of the initial; full border of dense gold motifs, regularly positioned blue and red flowers, putti attacking birds and animals; the border is framed on both inside and outside and contains an additional rule in the outer border of a narrow blue band of interlocking segments set on a gold band; the bands develop complex strapwork, which in the center lower margin frames a coat of arms (see below). The following 7 historiated initials, 7-line, in similar style of blue or red lined with gold and on decorated gold grounds; the first letters of the psalm in gold on horizontal blue strips; full borders of similar style but narrower than that on f. 17 and framed, inside and out, by a blue rule; the initials are: f. 38v (Dominus illuminatio mea), Samuel crowning David, both with cusped haloes; f. 52v (Dixi custodiam vias meas), David hiding in a cave to escape Saul’s army; f. 66 (Dixit insipiens), David, with cusped halo, seated in the middle of an army; f. 80 (Salvum me fac), David praying in the wilderness, his psaltery lying on the bare rocky ground; f. 97 (Exultate deo), David and 5 young musicians playing their instruments; f. 112 (Cantate domino), a group of monks singing from a choirbook placed on a lectern; f. 128v (Dixit dominus), David enthroned among the elders; a coat of arms in the lower border (see below). The last 4 historiated initials, 8-line, in similar style and colors, but with decorated floral spray extension to the left of the text: f. 183 (Passion according to Matthew), Matthew, seated with desolate hills behind him, copying his gospel from a book held by the angel; f. 193v (Passion according to Mark), Mark writing his gospel while the lion places one paw on the evangelist’s knee; f. 202v (Passion according to Luke), Luke, writing, his ox lying at his feet; f. 211 (Passion according to John), John on Patmos copying his gospel from a book on the eagle’s back. 5- or 4-line initials in blue, maroon and green on a gold ground with floral spray on ff. 132 (Ps. 114), 144v (Ps. 121), 146v (Ps. 126), 148v (Ps. 131), 152 (Ps. 137), 157 (Ps. 143), 162 (Confitebor). 2-line initials alternating blue with light red flourishing the length of the text, or gold with light purple flourishing; 1-line initials alternating blue or gold; 1-line initials in the text and after a 2-line initial washed in yellow; rubrics in red; psalm number in the margin in blue. Bound in modern red velvet, rebacked; gilt edges. Written at the end of the fifteenth century, probably in Naples and under Franciscan influence to judge from the saints in the calendar. The first owner’s name began with “T.”: he is often included in the prayers on ff. 218v-235 by his intitial; he also may have been Aragonese, the rubric on f. 222r-v being in Catalan. Unidentified coat of arms on f. 17: azure a flower plant eradicated vert between two affronted lions or, on a chief argent a helmet sable plumed gules; the same coat of arms, lacking the charge in chief but surmounted by the plumed helmet is on f. 128v; the arms may be later additions. An erased inscription, s. XVIII (?), in the upper margin of f. 17. Said in the Bragge sale catalogue to have come from the Prince Petr Dmitrievich Soltykoff collection (not in his sale, Paris, 8 April 1861). Belonged to William Bragge (1823-84); his sale, Sotheby’s, 7 June 1876, n. 119 to Quaritch. Belonged to Dr. Thomas Shadford Walker; his sale, Sotheby’s, 23 June 1886, n. 346 to B. F. Stevens. Owned by Robert Hoe: Grolier Club (1892) n. 12; Cat. (1909) p. 165; his sale, Anderson, New York, 1911, pt. I, n. 2175 to G. D. Smith. Source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown. Bibliography: De Ricci, 86.
Southern Italy, s. XVex
C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
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