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Name: I Graduale

Repository: Public Library of New South Wales, Dixson Library

Settlement: Sydney

Associated Manuscript Items:
I Graduale

Library ref: Q3/1

Acquisition: Sir William Dixson bequeathed the MS. in 1952

Binding: 19c. red morocco over wooden boards by J. W. Zaehnsdorf. Covers have floral panels and centre design in blind. Spine is gilt with lettering GRADUALE / MONACHORUM / ABBATIAE DE CORNU / ORDINIS CISTERCIENSIS / MS/ IN MEMBRANIS / SEC.XIV.

Catchwords: Catchwords for the first scribe only

Collation: (7)1 (8)2-4 (7)5 (10)6-10 (8)11(4)12 (10)13 (8)14-16 (10)17-22 (6)23. Quire 11 lacks its fifth and sixth sheets and one or more folios are lacking after fol. 200.


Condition: Edges cut and gilded Worm-holes in fol.1Ñ7, 180Ñ99 without loss of text. The rightÑhand margin of fol.42 is imperfect. Some sheets have been repaired e.g. 110, 146, 161, 178, 184, 186 etc.

Deco desc: northern Italian (Lombard?) style: red rubrics; small initials in brown ink, or red, with blue tracery or blue, with red tracery. Mauve, or green, orange-coloured initials (75 x 60, 55 x 35mm.) on blue grounds, with white dots and intertwined leaves coloured mauve, yellow, or pink on 87v., 98r., 101r., 105v., 124v., 169r.

Dimensions: 305 x 230 mm

Extent: 200 folios

Foliation: foliation in red roman figures by the second scribe in the centre of the leftÑhand margin of the verso of fols 1Ñ31, and by the first scribe in the same manner and same place on fols 32 (xxÑlxxx), 93Ñ123 (lxxxiiiÑcxiii), 124Ñ80 (i-lx), and again in arabic figures by modern pencil in the upper and lower right- hand corners (both incorrect).

Hand desc: Two scribes (i) fols 32Ñ194, a northern Italian littera gothica textualis formata of second half of 13c.; (ii) fols 1Ñ31, 195Ñ200, late 14c. or early 15c. Italian littera gothica textualis formata


Layout: hand (i) one col. of nine groups of fourÑline red staves with words hand (ii) one col. of eight groups of four-line red staves with words

Library ref alt:

List bibl: Report of the Trustees of the Public Library of New South Wales for the year ended 30 June 1953, Sydney 1954, p.4; K. V. Sinclair, ÔQuelques manuscrits cisterciens inconnus en AustralieÕ, Analecta Sacri Ordinis Cisterciensis, Vol.XX (1964), pp.233-4; Exhibition, p.30, no.70.

Music notation:


Orig date: s. xiii2 , s. xivex or xvin

Orig place:


Provenance: 1r. carries a rubric naming the Abbey for which the codex was probably executed (see below); inside front cover are the armorial book-plates of Henry White (motto PRAESTO ET PERSTO) and of Sir William Dixson who purchased the volume from Messrs Angus and Robertson of Sydney c.1912

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 35 I



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