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Name: Horae (use of Rome)

Repository: Public Library of New South Wales, Dixson Library

Settlement: Sydney

Associated Manuscript Items:
Horae (use of Rome)

Library ref: 5/1

Acquisition: Sir William Dixson bequeathed the MS. in 1952

Binding: l9c. green morocco over boards; around the edges of the covers are gilt leaf sprays. The spine is gilt with blazing star and lettering MISSALE f ROMANUM / M.S., although the contents are certainly not those of a missale.


Collation: (6)1-2 (8)3-22, Av., 35r.Ñ36r., Dv.ÑFv., Gv. are blank.


Condition: Edges trimmed and gilded

Deco desc: French in style: blue and red entries in the Calendar; red rubrics; small caps alternately gold on red, blue on red; large initials alternately gold on blue, pink on gold, blue and pink on gold, with white tracery. Small miniatures (50 x 40mm.) portraying 14v. Luke, 16r. Matthew, 17r. Mark, 30v. Mary and John at the foot of the Cross, 33r. Pietˆ, 154v. God the Father, 155v. God the Son, 156r. God the Holy Ghost at Pentecost, 156v. Holy Face, 158r. Michael, 158v. John Baptist, 159r. John the Evangelist, 159v. Peter and Paul, 160r. James, 160v. Stephen, 161r. Lawrence, 161v. Christopher, 163r. Sebastian, 164r. Martin, 164v. Nicholas, 165r. Gatianus, 165v. Anthony, 166r. Claudius, 167v. Anne, 168r. Mary Magdalene, 168v. Catherine, 169r. Margaret, 169v. Barbara, 170v. Apollonia. Seventeen large miniatures (95 x 75mm.) with complete Renaissance pillar frames, plinths etc.; colouring is black, red, gold, green, blue, grey, yellow depicting 13r. John the Evangelist, 18v. Betrayal, 27v. Virgin and Child, 37r. Annunciation, 52r. Visitation, 61v. Crucifixion, 63r. Pentecost, 64r. Nativity, 69r. Shepherds, 74r. Magi, 78v. Presentation, 83v. Flight, 90v. Coronation of Virgin, lOir. David and Bathsheba, 119r. Job on the dunghill, and a scroll with a quotation from Job XIX, 21: ÔMiseremini mei miseremini mei saltem uos amici mei quiaÕ, as well as partly effaced words on the plinth, 154r. Trinity, 171v. Mass of Gregory. In the borders of three miniatures are shields which do not seem to be armorial: the one on 63r. is azure with a floral design or; that on 78v. is gules and is accompanied by an un decipherable monogram on one of the supporting columns; the shield on 171v. is azure with the instruments of the Passion in natural tones.

Dimensions: 173 x 112 mm

Extent: vi + 172

Foliation: foliation modern pencil by arabic numerals

Hand desc: French lettre bourguignonne


Layout: one col. of 19 lines

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; Exhibition, p.26, no.58.

Music notation:


Orig date: s. xvi1

Orig place:


Provenance: Cr. by a 16c. hand Recette contre les vers; Cv. carries prayers by another 16c. hand: O domine Iesu qui factus In agonia guttas sanguinis . . .; Domine Ihesu clementissime qui discipulos tuos ad preliandum contra mundum. . .; on Dr. are the Oraison de sainct Joseph. Salue Joseph saluatoris sancte pater nomine locum tenens. . . (Chevalier, no.17996) and Deus qui beatum Ioseph puero Iesu nutritia ad custodem. . .; inside front cover is the armorial book-plate (motto INSONTES UT COLUMBAE) of Rev. John Francis MA (1749-4828);[N43] Fr. has the note Ô24 smallÕ in modern pencil; Ar. carries the armorial book-plate of Sir William Dixson who purchased the volume from Messrs Angus and Robertson of Sydney in June 1902

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 41



Support: vellum, fly leaves i, v-vi modern paper


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