BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 18 (olim Z109.232) France, s. XIV^^ex and 1578
I.1. ff. 1r-40v Temporale, principal masses of the liturgical year,
winter season, with musical notation; rubrics for: In die Natiuitatis
domini, In die epyphanie, In purificatione sancti marie uirginis,
Dominica in ramis palmarum, In die pasche, In annuntiatione beate
marie, In die Ascensionis domini, Missa de sancto spiritu, De sancta
trinitate. Two staves for music at the bottom of f. 40v have not been
II.2. ff. 41r-47r Common prefaces, with musical notation throughout.
f. 47v blank
III.3. ff. 48r-56v Te igitur...; Canon of the Mass, parts with
4. ff. 57r-60v Mass of the Virgin Mary, noted (rubric partly
5. ff. 60v-67v Mass of the Dead, noted.
6. ff. 67v-72v Votive masses (collect, secret and post communion
only): Pro defunctis in aniuersario, Pro episcopo uel sacerdote,
Plurimorum episcoporum et sacerdotum, Vnius defuncti [two masses, for a
man and for a woman, both with plural forms suprascript], Pro patre et
matre, Pro sepulti [sic] in cymiterio, Pro congregatione, Pro
benefactoribus, [Pro familiaribus].
IV.7. ff. 73r-92r Temporale, principal masses of the liturgical
year, summer season, without musical notation; rubrics for: Missa de
sacramento, De Assumptione beate marie, De natiuitate beate marie, In
inuentione sancte crucis, In exaltatione sancte crucis, In festo omnium
sanctorum, De sancto macuto episcopo et confessore, In dedicatione
8. ff. 92r-94r Gloria and Credo for principal and Marian feasts,
with musical notation.
9. ff. 94r-97v 1578. Missa de sancta christi lachrima.
10. ff. 97v-100v Missa nostre domine pietatis.
11. ff. 100v-101v Oratio ante missam dicenda a sacerdote. O
dulcissime atque amantissime domine iesu christe quem nunc deuote
desidero suscipere...amor corda purificans et intellectum illuminans.
12. ff. 101v-102v Oratio post sacram communionem. Aue sanctissima
caro summa vita dulcedo...misericordia inenarrabili dignetur indulgere.
13. flyleaf, after f. 102 Passages from Matthew (recto) and Wisdom
(verso) in a modern cursive hand.
Parchment, ff. ii (contemporary parchment) + 102 + i (modern
parchment), 240 x 167 (172 x 110) mm. The manuscript is composed of
I and III (ff. 1r-40v, 48r-72v): written in 16 long lines (the
Canon in 14 lines); single horizontal and vertical bounding lines full
across. Ruled in pale brown ink. Catchwords to right of inner bounding
line. Written in liturgical gothic of two sizes, by one scribe. On f.
48r, a 5-line historiated initial (65 x 58 mm.), white-decorated red
and blue on a gold ground, enclosing a priest serving Communion; from
the corners sprout blue vines with white, gold, and red trilobe leaves,
extending around 3 sides of the page. On f. 1r, an 8-line illuminated
initial of white-decorated blue and red (63 x 65 mm.), filled with blue
and red trilobe leaves, on a gold ground; the base of the letter is
extended around the inner and lower margins as a gold, blue, red, and
white bounding line; from the lower two corners of this line and the
upper left corner of the initial sprout vines, as for the historiated
initial. 3- and 2-line initials in orange-tinted red or blue; rubrics
throughout. Square notes in brown on 4-line orange-tinted red staves
(the red ink has bled so that the whole written space has an orange
II and IV (ff. 41r-47v, 73r-102v) were intended to be integrated
into the earlier portion: written in 7 long lines in II, where text is
accompanied by musical notation throughout, and 18 long lines in IV,
where no musical notation occurs. Ruled in pale brown ink with single
bounding lines, full across. Catchwords right of center in lower
margin. Written in liturgical gothic of the late 16th century, in two
sizes by a single scribe; the letters slant slightly toward the left.
4- to 1-line initials in red and blue. Rubrics are sometimes set off on
the right side of the page by a narrow vertical border in brown.
Musical notation: square notes on 4-line staves, all in brown.
I-V^^8, VI^^8 (-1), VII^^9 (structure uncertain), VIII-X^^8, XI^^10
(-3, 7), XII^^8, XIII^^6.
Binding: 1981. Quarter cloth case, retaining brown mottled paper
covered boards, s. xix. Traces of earlier bindings.
Written in Northern France at the end of the 14th century (Parts
I, III) and in 1578 (Parts II, IV; see art. 9); the prominence of St.
Maclovius (Macutus) in art. 7 suggests that Parts II and IV were
produced in Brittany or Normandy. Bought in Paris by Caroline M. Street
in 1847 (signature and date on f. ii recto). Bookplate of Augustus
Russell Street (inside front cover). Given to Yale by Mrs. Augustus
Russell Street in 1868.
secundo folio: populum
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 1, p. 165, no. 18.
Barbara A. Shailor