BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 7 (olim Z109.30) Germany, s. XV
1. f. 1r Scarcely visible text under the remains of a damaged
woodcut of the Pieta; f. 1v Portions of an office for Stephen
2. ff. 2r-7v Graded calendar in red and black with additions in a
contemporary [?] hand supplying readings, other saints, and obits;
among the saints are Richard King (7 Feb., added), Walburga (25 Feb.),
Cunigundis (3 March), Castulus (26 March), Rupert (27 March), Trudpert
(26 April), Translation of Walburga (1 May), Boniface (5 June, in red),
Erentrude (30 June), Ulric (4 July), Willibald (7 July), Kilian (8
July, in red), Henry emperor (13 July), Octave of Kilian (15 July),
Oswald (5 Aug.), Sebald (19 Aug.), Translation of Erentrude (4 Sept.),
Translation of Cunigundis (9 Sept.), Translation of Rupert and Chuniald
(24 Sept.), Translation of Virgilius (26 Sept.), Burchard (14 Oct.),
"dedicacio maioris [?] ecclesie" (24 Oct., added), Willibrord (7 Nov.),
Virgilius (27 Nov.), Odilia (13 Dec.). The added obits are "obiit
Elizabet Ebyn mater mea Anno et cetera [14?]16" and 4 others,
illegible, on 2, 3 and 17 September, and 5 November.
3. f. 8r Diagram for determining calendar; f. 8v Portions of an
office for Stephen protomartyr and notes on indulgence in ecclesia magd
[eburgensis?] and on the feast of the relics dominica die post corpus
christi or sequenti die post mauricii; prayer to the Virgin; f. 9r-
v Prayers to the Trinity.
4. ff. 10r-14v Partial table of contents in a later hand; temporale
for the day offices for the week following Pentecost.
5. ff. 15r-20r Day offices for the dedication of a church, Trinity
Sunday and the feast of Corpus Christi.
6. ff. 20v-66v Day offices of the sanctorale from Urban (25 May)
through Virgilius (27 Nov.), including offices for Ulric, Kilian, Henry
emperor, Reginswindis, Oswald, Cunigundis, Rupert, Chuniald and Gislar,
Willibald, Burchard and Willibrord.
7. ff. 66v-69v Antiphons and responses de hystoriis; prayer to the
Virgin added in a different hand.
8. ff. 70r-78v Capitula, prayers and antiphons for the Sundays from
the 1st through the 24th Sunday after Trinity; f. 79r-v additional
capitula and antiphons.
9. ff. 80r-94r Antiphons and responses for the common of saints.
10. ff. 94v-115v Readings for the common of saints; f. 115v added
prayers to Mary Magdalen; f. 116r-v added confessional prayer.
11. ff. 117r-128v Hymns for the sanctorale (Holy Spirit through
Catharine), for the dedication of a church and for Compline, Matins and
12. ff. 129r-145r Psalms, antiphons and hymns, many by cue only,
arranged for the week, day offices only.
13. ff. 145r-147v Prayers before and after mass.
14. ff. 147v-154r Penitential psalms and litany, including among the
27 martyrs Kilian (17) and Oswald (25), among the 22 confessors Henry
(14), Otto (15), Ulric (16), Willibald (17), Burchard (19), Rupert (21)
and Virgilius (22), and among the 25 virgins Cunigundis (12) and
15. ff. 154r-165v Office of the Dead with two unidentified sets of
responses to the lessons at matins: 1. Credo quod; 2. Qui lazarum; 3.
Domine quando; 4. Heu michi; 5. Cum veneris; 6. Peccantem me; 7. Domine
secundum; 8. Libera me...de viis; 9. Libera me...de morte. The second
set, under the rubric pro parentibus lecciones: 1. Redemptor meus; 2.
Manus tue; 3. Memento [? badly rubbed] quod sicut lutum; 4. Absolue
domine; 5. Ne tradas; 6. Rogamus te; 7. Deus eterne; 8. Domino
confitebor; 9. Libera me...de morte.
16. ff. 166r-173v Ferial capitula, an office for the Virgin (9
lessons at matins), offices for the Holy Cross, Kilian, Translation of
Nicolas, Benedict, Erentrude, Translation of Martin, Dominic,
Presentation of the Virgin, Willibald.
17. ff. 173v-181r Added material in several hands: offices for
Willibald, Anna and Sebald; hymns at Lauds; a lesson for the Office of
18. ff. 181v-182v Table on the Golden Number and on lucky or unlucky
sections of the zodiac; capitula; last leaf torn out.
Parchment (sturdy, of uneven quality), ff. i (modern paper) + 182
+ i (modern paper), 105 x 75 (ca. 82 x 60) mm. Written in ca. 26 long
lines; frame-ruled or with single vertical bounding lines only, in ink.
Remains of prickings in lower margin.
An accurate collation is impossible due to tight binding. Some
catchwords along lower edge.
Written primarily by a single scribe in a small running script.
Additions by several contemporary and later writers.
Plain initials, 4- to 1-line, in red. Rubrics throughout.
Portions of text, badly worn or trimmed, have been lost.
Binding: s. xv-xvi. Resewn on two tapes. Wooden boards. Covered in
dark brown calf, blind-tooled in a diamond pattern with
indistinguishable ornaments within the diamonds and at their
intersections. Traces of five round bosses, larger on lower board,
metal corner pieces and a catch plate on the upper board. Rebacked,
with leather formed in the shape of endbands in the turn-ins at head
and tail of the spine and with a strap and pin (a modern nail?)
Written probably in Southern Germany, in or near Magdeburg (see
art. 3), during the 15th century; early provenance unknown. Presented
to Yale in 1898 by Albert H. Buck, M. D.
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 1, p. 163, no. 7.
Barbara A. Shailor