BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 707
Italy, s. XVI 1
Partial Missal for the use of a bishop, unfinished
1. ff. 1r-34v In Nativitate Domini [25 Dec.] in prima missa. Statio ad Sanctam Mariam
Maiorem ad Presepe. Introitus. Dominus dixit ad me: filius meus es tu ... ; [f. 6v:] In secunda
missa. Statio ad Sanctam Anastasiam. Introitus. Lux fulgebit hodie super nos ... ; [f. 10r:] Ad
missam maiorem. Statio ad Sanctam Mariam Maiorem. Introitus. Puer natus est nobis ... ; [f.
16r:] In sancti Stephani prothomartyris [26 Dec.]. Statio ad Sanctum Stephanum in Celio monte.
Introitus. Etenim sederunt principes ... ; [f. 21v:] In octava sancti Stephani [2 Jan.]. Oratio.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui primitias martyrum ... ; [f. 22r:] In sancti Iohannis apostoli et
evangeliste [27 Dec.]. Statio ad Sanctam Mariam Maiorem. Introitus. In medio ecclesie aperuit os
eius ... ; [f. 26v, Circumcision, 1 Jan.:] Puer natus est nobis ... ; [f. 29r:] In Epiphania Domini [6
Jan.]. Statio ad Sanctum Petrum. Introitus. Ecce advenit dominator Dominus ...
Masses for the main feasts of the Temporale from Christmas to Epiphany.
2. ff. 35r-71r In Purificatione beate Marie virginis [2 Febr.]. Introitus. Suscepimus, Deus,
misericordiam tuam ...
Full text (Ordinary and Sanctorale) of the mass for Candlemas. The rubrics prove that the
manuscript is for the use of a bishop (Postea pontifex sollemniter cantet; Deinde pontifex dicat;
Postea pontifex dicat hanc orationem, etc.). The space for music staves in Gloria (1 line), Preface,
Lord's Prayer and Peace has remained blank.
Parchment (goat), ff. I + 71 + II, 390 x 275 mm.The outer quire side is flesh side.
I-VI10 (ff. 1-60), VII10 (ff. 61-70 + the singleton 71). Short horizontal catchword in the middle of
the lower margin on f. 30v (end of quire III) only; a few remnants of signatures of the type "a1"-
"a5" (visible in quire IV = "d").
Double ruling (rake ruling) in light brown ink for one column of 12 lines (24 traced lines),231 x
158 mm. Ruling type 11. Three pricks: one in the outer margin close to the lower edge of the text
area, and two in the inner margin at the very top and bottom of the leaf. Pages intended to
contain text with musical notation have four lines of text.
Copied by one hand in very large Southern Gothica Textualis Formata (Rotunda). The following
texts are in a smaller size of the same script: Introit, Gradual, Tract, Offertory and Communion.
It was the intention to trace the 4-line music staves (width c. 30 mm., not executed) over the lines
of the ruling.
Rubrics in red. The high-quality decoration is unfinished and totally missing in the last quire (ff.
61-71). Many majuscules have elaborate penwork in black and yellow on ff. 1r-6r; this decoration
is missing further on. 1-line initials and 1-line crosses for the benedictions in gold on a square
background in red, blue and green decorated with white and yellow penwork, in the text of art.
2. 2-line initials decorated in Renaissance style with flowers and leaves in red, blue and green on
a rectangular background in gold with short sprays in the margins. 4- or 5-line initials in the same
style at the beginning of the main sections: in art. 1 on ff. 1r (unfinished), 6v, 10r; they are
missing on ff. 16r (3 lines), 22r, 26v, 29r; in art. 2 such an initial is found on f. 35r; the 5-line
initial on f. 52r ("Te igitur") is historiated: the Cross on Calvary with the Lance and the Rod
with the Sponge. All pages where the large initials have been executed have full framed
decorative flowery borders in Renaissance style; on f. 35r only there is an unframed three-
margins-left border; in its lower section there is a medallion containing the erased coat of arms of
a cardinal. Similar but empty medallions occur in the lower sections of the borders on ff. 1r (here
the border is unfinished like the initial) and 52r.
Binding s. XVII/XVIII: limp parchment, with marks of two pairs of ties. The endleaves, added
by the dealer Laurence Witten, are two leaves placed transversally and taken from two different
antiphonaries: (1) Italy, s. XIV. Contains part of the liturgy for Ascension: the responsory "Post
passionem suam per dies quinquaginta apparens eis ..." (CAO 7403) and "In primo Nocturno
antiphona. Elevata est magnificentia tua super celos ..." (CAO 2634). Parchment, 550 x 385 mm.
Double ruling in brown ink for one column of 7 lines of script and 7 red 4-line staves (width 28
mm.) traced over the ruling lines (together 42 traced lines, 388 x 240 mm., ruling type 11).
Copied in Southern Gothica Textualis Formata (Rotunda); square notation. 2-line flourished
initials and one 11-line littera duplex with extensive penwork and long marginal extensions, all in
red and blue.
(2) Italy, s. XVI 1. Contains part of the hymn "Rosa vernans caritatis, lilium ..." (RH 32993-
32994), the Psalm "Memento, Domine, David et omnis mansuetudinis eius ..." (Ps. 131) and the
antiphon "Iuravit Dominus ..." (CAO 3522). Parchment, 550 x 390 mm. Double ruling in light
brown ink for one column of 5 lines of script and 5 red 4-line staves (width 38 mm.) traced over
the ruling lines (together 30 traced lines, 382 x c. 250 mm., ruling type 31 with an additional
vertical line at both sides within the writing area). Copied in highly calligraphic Southern Gothica
Textualis Formata (Rotunda); square notation. 3-line flourished initials, blue with rred and red
wwith purple penwork; the "o" of "Rosa" , in black, treated as a disk decorated with an Arabic
It is not clear whether this curious manuscript, containing a very selective set of masses for
Christmas time and the full mass for Candlemas, was intended to contain more masses. The
presence of settings for three coats of arms, of which only one has been executed, is surprising.
The book was anyhow made for a cardinal, who may have died before the music notation was
added and the illumination was finished. According to the dealer Laurence Witten it was
produced in Florence. Purchased on the Edwin J. Beinecke Fund in 1989?