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Beinecke MS 476 Germany [?], s. XV^^2
Epistolary (1 leaf)
1. f. 1r //ab oculis eorum et mors...Ecce noua facio omnia.
Apoc. 21.4-5: Epistle for last Sunday after Pentecost [?].
2. f. 1r-v Incipit proprium sanctorum...nisi mittantur. Sicut scriptum
Beginning of Proper of the Saints, with Epistle for St. Andrew (30 Nov.);
Parchment (soft, furry), 1 leaf (contemporary foliation, 116, in red, in
center of upper margin, recto), 330 x 250 (245 x 175) mm. 22 long lines, on
verso; 10 long lines on recto, with space of 12 lines (140 mm.) left blank
between arts. 1 and 2, perhaps for a miniature; 12 mm. between lines. Bold,
well spaced, and slightly rounded gothic bookhand. Red hufnagel neumes
scattered over the
text for the subdeacon who reads the Epistle at Mass. On recto, 5-line initial
in red, ending in pen and ink flourishes. On verso, illuminated initial C,
11-line, of poor quality, on brownish-red ground within rectangular frame of
bright orange, green, and blue (cf. a similar frame in I. Berkovits,
Illuminated Manuscripts in Hungary XI-XVI Centuries [New York, 1969] pl.
23). Initial in white with bands of gold and silver; two gold-bordered
medallions with white-blue centers, resembling jewels or mirrors. Initial
encloses full-length figure of St. Andrew holding cross of his martyrdom. Text
initials touched with red. Inner margin slightly trimmed.
Written in Germany [?] in the second half of the 15th century. "A. 8" in brown
ink, on verso, in upper left corner. Gift of Millicent Todd Bingham in 1969 to
Yale University; removed from the collection of Historical Manuscripts of the
Sterling Memorial Library of Yale Univeristy in 1970 and transferred to the
Barbara A. Shailor