BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 178 Italy, s. XIV^^1
1. ff. 1r-235v Proprium de tempore, for the full liturgical year.
2. ff. 236r-245v Ten settings for the Venite exultemus.
Parchment, ff. ii (bifolium from a 17th-century antiphonary, with
offices from the sanctorale) + 245 + ii (bifolium from the same 17th-
century antiphonary), 512 x 355 (480 x 245) mm. Written in 10 long
lines of text with staves, ruled in brown crayon; single vertical
bounding lines full across. Prickings in lower margin.
I-III^^8, IV^^6, V^^8, VI^^10, VII^^8, VIII^^10, IX-XIV^^8, XV^^10,
XVI-XVII^^8, XVIII^^12 (-12, cut out after f. 151), XIX-XXII^^8, XXIII^^2,
XXIV^^4, XXV^^6 (-6, cut out after f. 194), XXVI^^4, XXVII^^2
XXXI^^8 (portion of f. 194v covered with paste-in), XXXII^^4 (-1 after f.
235), XXXIII^^10. Catchwords centered in lower margin, verso.
Written in two sizes of round liturgical gothic script by several
scribes: Scribe 1, ff. 1r-235r; Scribe 2, f. 235r-v, and Scribe 3, ff.
Three fine historiated initials, 4- to 2-line: ff. 32r (Nativity),
152r (Three Marys at Tomb), and 179r (Pentecost); shaded pink and/or
green, with blue, yellow, green and orange foliage and knots, with gold
dots and orange frame; figures against blue ground. 3- to 2-line
calligraphic initials, divided, red and blue with red penwork, with
blue and red penwork flourishes. 1-line initials red or blue with blue
or red penwork, sometimes with black and green; some initials with
guide-letters in outer margin. 1-line initials with yellow. Square
notes on 4-line red staves. Rubrics throughout, with notes to
rubricator in margins. One very crude 4-line initial (s. xvii) on f.
1r, in red, yellow, blue, green and purple.
Binding: s. xviii. Rebound in brown cowhide [?], blind-tooled,
with numerous metal bosses. Pastedowns from the same 17th-century
antiphonary used as flyleaves.
Written in Italy, probably Florence in the 1330's, according to C.
Gilbert; early provenance unknown. Bought in 1933 from C. A. Stonehill by
Thomas E. Marston; his gift to Yale in 1953.
secundo folio: iam totam
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 37, no. 178.
Barbara A. Shailor