BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 3
MS 3 is a box of fragments, many of which were removed from
bindings. Library records contain little information on these
fragments; most are in a poor state of preservation. Since some have
been reclassified as separate manuscripts or relocated in other
collections, the numbering is not consecutive.
1. Gregory IX, Decretales S. France, s. XIII^^2
From Bk. 3, Tit. 21 (two fragments).
Parchment, each ca. 337 x 55 mm. (length of written space 185
mm.). Ruled in lead, 2 columns of 48 lines; between guide-lines for
text, 4 mm.; writing below top line. Written in small cramped gothic
textura, with at least 3 contemporary and later hands in the glosses.
Initial, 2-line, in blue with red flourishes; guide-letters visible
beneath. Text divisions, paragraph marks and headings in red. Removed
from a binding; stains, creases and holes.
2. Breviary France, s. XII^^2
Contains parts of the offices for Christmas, Stephen and Silvester
Parchment, ranging in size from ca. 90 x 245 mm. to 132 x 245 mm.
(width of written area 225 mm.). Ruled in hard point, 2 columns;
writing above top line; between guide-lines for text, 9 mm. Written in
2 sizes of late Carolingian minuscule, with exaggerated ascenders on
the smaller size. Initials 3- or 2-line, red or green, both with red
dots attached. Headings and strokes on 1-line initials in red. Holes,
stains, tears and traces of glue; removed from a binding.
3. Breviary Germany, s. XIII^^2
Contains part of the office for Simeon (one fragment).
Parchment, 178 x 139 (179 x 112) mm. Written in 10 long lines of
text with staves, ruled in lead, double vertical bounding lines full
across; between guide-lines for text, 15 mm. Written in early gothic
bookhand. Initials of one staff plus one line in red; 1-line initials
in blue or red; rubrics and 4-line staves in red; square musical
notation. Probably a pastedown; portions missing at lower and outer
edges, including some text and music; traces of glue at inner edge.
4. Missal France, s. XII^^1
Five fragments of a missale plenum. Portions of Dominica X post
Pentecosten, Feria IV of that week, Dominica XI, and of votive masses
for a priest to say on behalf of himself, and for the shedding of
tears. Where they occur, the texts of the proper chants are notated in
a compact, well executed, distinctive script of mixed Breton and French
aspect. Some of the chants are cited by incipit. Unusually, the first
of the votive masses is prefaced by a listing of chants which would be
appropriate to it. The Alleluia for Dominica X is Domine refugium, and
the proper collect for Vespers of that Sunday (not present in the
fragment) was entered after the post communion.
Parchment, ranging from 215 x 98 to 161 x 42 mm. 2 columns (each
69 mm. wide), ruled in lead; between guide-lines 7 mm.; writing above
top line. Written in 2 sizes of early gothic, with neumes above the
smaller size. Initials 6- to 2-line, in blue and/or red, with red or
blue flourishes; rubrics in red. Binding reinforcement from spine;
rubbed, creased and stained, with traces of glue.
Written in France, probably in the diocese of Le Mans. The
peculiarities of notations with mixed Breton and French forms are found
in a similar mixture in various surviving manuscripts from Le Mans
including a portion of the Office of St. Julian of Le Mans contained in
Oxford, Bod. Lib. MS 596, ff. 211v-213r (W. H. Frere, Bibliotheca
Musico-Liturgica [London, 1901-32] no. 126, and plate 6 [212v]). M.
Huglo in Acta musicologica 25 (1963) 75f. The most distinctive neume is
the porrectus whose left portion resembles an incomplete standard
mathematical symbol for infinity. (We thank K. D. Hartzell for his
assistance with these fragments.).
5. Theological text, in Lat. France, s. XIII^^1
Possibly a sermon (two fragments).
Parchment, ca. 245 x 117 and 40 x ca. 100 mm. Written in 2 columns
(each 203 x 65 mm.) of 25 lines, ruled in lead [?]; between guide-lines
for text, 9 mm. Written in early gothic bookhand. One-line initials
with red strokes. Torn, stained, and with remains of paste; much text
obliterated. Removed from a binding.
7. Thomas Aquinas, In libros Ethicorum Aristotelis Italy, s. XIV^^in
Sancti Thomae Aquinatis...Opera omnia..., V. J. Bourke, ed. (New York,
1949) v. 21, pp. 140-45; parts of Bk. 4, lectiones 12 and 13. Opening
words of the text of Aristotle underlined, followed immediately
(without paraphrases) by the full text of Aquinas' comments (one leaf).
Parchment, 291 x 197 (228 x 168) mm. Written in 2 columns of 48
lines, ruled in lead; between guide-lines for text, 5 mm.; written
below top line. In small round gothic with many abbreviations. Space
left for a 2-line initial. Stained and creased, with much text lost due
to rubbing and two holes; once a pastedown.
8. Lectionary or Choir Breviary Germany, s. XIV^^2-XV^^1
Readings (up to 3), including one from Luke 9.1 (one leaf).
Parchment, 396 x 292 (300 x 204) mm. Written in 2 columns of 27
lines; ruled in brown ink, double horizontal and single vertical
bounding lines, full across; between guide-lines for text, 11 mm.
Written in well formed gothic textura with few abbreviations.
Calligraphic initials, 5- to 2-line, in red or blue with blue and/or
red penwork and flourishes. Rubrics and strokes on 1-line initials in
red. Part of a dismembered manuscript.
10. Unidentified text, on Civil Law [?] Germany, s. XV
Includes rubrics De ludo (two fragments).
Paper (thick, with broad laid lines; watermarks similar to Piccard
Ochsenkopf I. 113), 193 x 153 mm. Written in 2 columns frame-ruled in
ink (each column 71 mm. wide). Written in small gothic cursive with
many abbreviations. Initials, 2-line, in red or blue; rubrics and
paragraph marks in red; in margin, Arabic numerals to mark sections of
text, each bracketed by red dots. Once the cover of a pamphlet in the
Yale University Library ("Curieuse Staats-Frage Wer in dem grossen
Monarchischer Koenigreich Spanien der rechtmaessige Successor seyn soll
im Fall der jetztregierende Koenig Carolus II" [Cologne: Peter Marteau,
1699]); removed ca. 1929.
11. Legal Contract, in Lat. Italy, 1474
Agreement between nuns of a convent of Sta. Lucia and one
Raynaldus, concerning a house.
Parchment scroll, measuring 470 x 255 mm. Written in humanistic
notarial script, on one side only. Worn.
12. Simone da Cremona [?], Sermones Germany, s. XV^^2
Sermons for the Temporale, including the beginning of one for the
third Sunday after the octave of Epiphany (two leaves). (Text: Nolite
esse prudentes apud vos [Rom. 12.16]...Augustinus sermone .4. ad suos
fratres heremitas sic inquit Beatus qui prudens est et felix...).
Attribution from a sales slip; as yet unverified.
Paper (watermarks: unidentified bull's head), 300 x 212 (211 x
138) mm. Written in 2 columns of ca. 45 lines; frame-ruled in lead,
prickings at corners of columns. Consecutive folios from 2 different
quires; catchword in inner lower margin of first, quire signed (as the
fourth) on second. Written in a large gothic cursive with many
abbreviations; marginal notes by original and later hands. Initial, 4-
line, red and green; headings, underlining, and initial strokes, in
Dealer's slip in library files (dated 1926) states that the leaves
were taken from a manuscript prepared in the Carthusian monastery at
Buxheim, and signed by Caspar Misnensis, 1434; see Colophons v. 2, no.
4840-42. Early provenance listed in De Ricci: sale of Graf Hugo von
Waldbott-Bassenheim (Munich, 20 Sept. 1883, no. 2756); Charles F.
Gunther sale (New York, 11 Nov. 1926, no. 268) to Ellner. Sold leaf by
leaf by the Foliophiles, New York (1926, T. F. 1); folios now in Tampa,
Fla. Public Library, no. 1 (De Ricci v. 1, p. 508) and Geneva College
Library, Beaver Falls, Pa., no. 1 (De Ricci v. 2, p. 1984).
13. Unidentified text, in Lat. Italy [?], s. XV^^med
Possibly sermons (one leaf).
Parchment, 325 x 205 mm. Written in 2 columns of 45 lines (each
column 232 x 70 mm.), no rulings visible. Written in highly abbreviated
gothic cursive. Initial, 3-line, in blue with elaborate red flourishes,
followed by a line of gothic textura, then text. Probably a pastedown;
most of text illegible due to tears, stains, creases and mold.
Signature in outer margin: "Samuel Johnson, 1884 [?]".
16. Legal document, in Fr. France, s. XVI
Involving Nicolas Hubert, maestre Claude Hesines, Jehan Cousin and
his sheep; probably incomplete at end.
One strip of parchment, 68 x 320 mm. French notarial script.
Apparently used as a binding reinforcement.
17. Theological notes, in Lat. Italy [?], s. XV/XVI
Notes on the definitions of consilium, fortitudo, and
pietas (one fragment).
Paper (no watermarks), 90 x 80 mm. Written in 22 long lines, no
ruling. Written in tiny gothic cursive. Creases and stains.
27. Philosophical text, in Lat. Germany, s. XIII^^1
Major theme of this section of the work is voluptas (one
fragment). Portion of text reads: Cum autem indefinitum est problema
uno modo contingit destruere ut si dixerit uoluptatem bonum esse uel
Parchment, 127 x 40 mm. (width of written space 70 mm.). Written in
long lines, ruled in lead, double vertical bounding lines; between
guide-lines for text, 4 mm. Written in small early gothic bookhand,
with later marginal notations. One 1-line red initial. Binding
reinforcement, with remains of glue.
28. Hours France, s. XV^^med
Contains part of the Penitential Psalms (one bifolium). Portions
of Pss. 6.7-11; 31.1-4; 50.6-16.
Parchment, 177 x 125 (101 x 62) mm. Written in 15 long lines;
ruled in pale red ink, single horizontal and vertical bounding lines,
full across; between guide-lines for text, 7 mm. The text shows that
one bifolium was between these two leaves. Written in a well formed
liturgical gothic bookhand. Initials 2- and 1-line in gold, against
irregular blue and red grounds with white filigree, infilled red or
blue with white or gray filigree; trailing black hairlines at corners.
Line-fillers red or blue with white and gray filigree and gold dots or
designs. Well preserved. Removed from Nicolaus de Hanapis' Biblia
pauperum (Venice, 1480), which was a gift of Laurence Gilman Noyes in
29. Psalter Franco-Flemish [?], s. XIII-XIV
Contains Psalms 106.40-107.11 (one leaf).
Parchment, 109 x 80 (74 x 54) mm. Written in 16 long lines, ruled
in lead, single vertical bounding lines, full across; writing below top
line; between guide-lines, 4 mm. Written in liturgical gothic bookhand.
Original decoration: simple 2- and 1-line initials in red with blue
penwork; 1-line initials in red or blue; helical line fillers in red
and green. Over the 2-line initial with penwork was added, ca. 1300, a
3-line initial in gold edged with black, against an irregular blue and
red ground, infilled red with white filigree; ground, red, blue and
gold with white filigree and cusped terminals, extends the full length
of the inner margin. Much worn and darkened.
30. Corpus Iuris Civilis Italy, s. XIV^^1
Digesta 46.3.36-37, 44-47 and 46.6.5-47.5; P. Krueger and T. Mommsen,
eds., Corpus Iuris Civilis, v. 1 (Berlin, 1892) pp. 749, 750 and 759-60
(fragment of a conjugate leaf).
Parchment, total size 200 x 290 mm. (width of written space 107
mm. without glosses, 180 mm. with glosses). Written in 2 columns, ruled
in lead, double outer, single inner vertical bounding lines, with 4 mm.
between guide-lines for text; ruling in all margins for commentary.
Written in round gothic; tie marks are used to link text to commentary.
Initials 3- to 2-line, blue, in margins; 1-line red initials in text;
paragraph marks in red and blue; rubrics. Stains and holes; verso
partly illegible due to rubbing. Probably removed from a binding.
31. Gradual Germany, s. XIV/XV
Services from the first Sunday in Lent through part of the
following Tuesday. In the margin, in red, XXIX and XXX (one bifolium,
Parchment, 275 x 198 (223 x 137) mm. Written in 10 lines of text
with music; no ruling visible; 1 line plus 1 staff equals 22 mm.
Written in liturgical gothic bookhand. Initials 1-line or 1-line plus 1
staff, in red, one with a face inside; line fillers and rubrics in red.
Black square notes on 4-line red staves. Fragment of an unidentified
15th-century manuscript pasted on the first folio recto; remains of a
parchment place-marker. Stained and rubbed. Probably used as flyleaves.
33. Commentary on an unidentified Lat. legal text, in Fr. France, s. XIV^^2
Two fragments of parchment, 211 x 177 and 211 x 145 mm. (width of
written space 142 mm.). Written in 2 columns; ruled in lead, single
vertical bounding lines; between guide-lines for text, 5 mm. Written in
rounded gothic bookhand; a few contemporary marginal notes. Lord's
Prayer in English (s. xvi/xvii) between columns. Pen trials by one
"Thomas". Crude 16th-century drawings of flowers in margins. Removed
from the binding of Yale's copy of Aristotle, Ethica, ed. P. Vettori
34. Grammar Handbook England, s. XIV^^2/4
Portions of a grammar handbook, including parts of a nominalium
and rhetorical works (23 pieces).
Paper (watermarks similar in design to Piccard Fabeltiere 1342-
48), each fragment 158 x 100 mm. Long lines ruled in ink or (in
lexicon) 2 columns, unruled. Written in Anglicana bookhand. Signature of
an early owner on what appears to have been the paper flyleaf of the
codex: "Johannes carter est verus possessor huius libri." Boards from a
37. Petrus Comestor, Historia scholastica France, s. XIII^^1
Portions of Historia numeri: De recessu israel a monte
De xii. exploratoribus, accompanied by many marginal glosses (2
Parchment, each fragment 137 x 159 mm.; the 2 fragments fit
together, with a written space 200 x 103 mm. Written in 2 columns of 52
lines; ruled in lead, double outer and triple center vertical bounding
lines, double horizontal bounding lines, all full across; additional
ruling in outer margin for glosses; between guide-lines for text, 5 mm.
Remains of prickings in outer margin. Written in early gothic bookhand,
with very neat contemporary marginal notes. Initials 3- to 2-line in
red or blue with blue or red penwork; 1-line initials in text red or
blue; paragraph marks, headings and chapter numbers in red. Probably
used as flyleaves.
38. Giovanni Boccaccio, Filocolo Italy, s. XIV/XV
Contains 5.2.5 to 5.4.5 and 5.11.1 to 5.14.1 (3 fragments, the
third without text). The text is quite close to the printed text of A.
E. Quaglio, ed., Tutte le opere di Giovanni Boccaccio (Verona, 1967) v.
1, pp. 551-53 and 569-71.
Parchment; the 2 fragments with text are 335 x 210 (233 x 154) mm.
each. Written in 2 columns of 51 lines, ruled in lead; between guide-
lines for text, 5 mm. In a beautiful fere-humanistic script. Initials
4-line, in blue or red, with fine elaborate penwork in red and a color
which has completely faded out, extending full length of text column.
Written in Tuscany (Florentine decoration?). Holes and stains;
octagonal white paper tag with blue edging, holding "No. 333" (crossed
out and replaced with "111"). Probably used as pastedowns. We thank D.
Dutschke for information on the text and localization of these
39. Sermon, in Lat. England or Germany, s. XIII^^2-XIV^^1
Portions of an unidentified sermon and a sermon for Dominica
decima (one bifolium).
Parchment, 165 x 270 mm. (width of written space 116 mm.). Written
in 2 columns, ruled in lead; between guide-lines for text, 3 mm.
Written in small gothic textura. One 4-line initial in red; remnants of
a long red flourish; rubrics. Used as a book binding; reinforced with a
printed text of s. XVI or later which covers the entire back of the
parchment. Removed from a rare book in the Yale University Library.
40. Legal document, in Lat. Italy, s. XVI
Subject unidentified, as much of the upper portion of the document
is missing. Signed at bottom by "Guillermus de fonte, clericus".
One piece of heavy parchment, 284 x 190 mm., and a very small
fragment. Written in cursive with heavy batarde influence. Used as a
cover; upper right corner as well as right edge of text missing, with
charred edge. Stains, holes, and remains of glue.
41. Legal document, in Lat. Italy, s. XVI
Florence is mentioned, also the date 157* [trimmed]. Subject
unidentified, as much of the text is missing.
Parchment, 194 x 302 mm. No ruling. Written in an untidy running
hand. Used as a binding; creased and rubbed, with large holes.
42. Unidentified liturgical work, in Lat. Germany [?], s. XIII-XIV
Includes rubrics for responses, versicles, and a sermo (2
Parchment, each fragment a portion of a conjugate leaf, each 30 x
168 mm. (width of written space 70 mm.). Written in long lines, ruled
in lead; writing begins below top line; between guide-lines for text, 5
mm. Written in small gothic textura. Initials (3- to 1-line), headings,
underlining, and strokes on 1-line initials in red. Probably used as a
44. Hours France, s. XV^^med
Contains Psalm 5. 6-13, perhaps from the Office of the Dead (one
Parchment, 163 x 115 (104 x 73) mm. Written in 17 long lines,
ruled in pale red ink, single horizontal and vertical bounding lines,
full across; between guide-lines for text, 6 mm. Written in liturgical
gothic bookhand. Initials, 1-line, gold against an irregular pink and
blue ground with white filigree; line-fillers pink and blue with white
filigree and gold. According to an unidentified printed note (from a
bookseller?), the manuscript was found in Lyons, and its identification
verified by La Bibliotheque Sainte Genevieve of Paris. Bought in New
York by Mrs. Arthur Greenfield; her gift to Yale in 1973.
45. Prayers, in Armenian Armenia, 1454
Three prayers, including the Lord's prayer; part of a set for use
as a talisman (3 strips).
Paper (soft but heavy, no watermarks), each piece ca. 364 x 68 mm.
Written in long lines on one side only, no ruling, varying number of
lines. In a small neat script by the priest Melkiseth in 1454.
Headpiece with palmette ornament, in yellow, red and blue. All pieces
damaged by water. Gift of Harold S. Burr in 1963.
46. Ecclesiastical document, in Lat. France, s. XVI
Precise subject unidentified; mentions Brother Robertus Guelloti,
papal bulls and the date 148* [trimmed] (2 fragments).
Parchment, each piece ca. 135 x 102 mm. Written in long lines on
one side only; ruled in hard point; between guide-lines for text, 7 mm.
In an informal batarde. Used as pastedowns; a few holes, remains of
glue, portions of text obliterated by rubbing.
47. Unidentified scholastic text, in Lat. England, s. XIV^^ex
Two fragments of parchment, each 206 x 72 mm., which fit together
to form a single leaf measuring ca. 210 x 140 (161 x 115) mm. Written
in 2 columns of ca. 38 lines; frame-ruled in brown ink; prickings at
corners of the written space. Written in Anglicana bookhand with many
abbreviations. Creased; perhaps a binding reinforcement.
50. Sermons, in Lat. and It. Italy, s. XV
Short sermons on death, 2 full [?] and 2 partial (one leaf).
Paper (unidentified watermark in upper corner, partly trimmed),
150 x 113 (119 x 93) mm. Written in 23 long lines, not ruled. In a neat
italic. Probably used as a flyleaf.
52. Unidentified work, in Lat. England, s. XIV^^1
Possibly a sermon (one fragment).
Parchment, 170 x 110 mm. Written in 2 columns of 36 lines (1
column 140 x 46 mm.); ruled in lead; between guide-lines for text, 4
mm. Written in small gothic textura (on recto); a less formal style of
gothic, with marginal notations of s. XVI (verso). Used as a pastedown.
Gift of James Tanis in 1965.
53. Legal documents, in Fr. France, s. XVI
Subjects unidentified. One document mentions the date 1525.
Two leaves of parchment, each ca. 555 x 441 mm. Written in 66 or
79 long lines; one side only, no rulings. Written in 2 different hands,
both informal batarde. Stains and remnants of paste; used as pastedowns
and binding reinforcements.
Barbara A. Shailor