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Name: Psalterium et Breviarium (Use of Utrecht)

Repository: Mitchell Library, Special Collections

Settlement: Sydney

Associated Manuscript Items:
Psalterium et Breviarium (Use of Utrecht)

Library ref: Richardson 228

Acquisition: ÔDon Richardson 1928Õ, date of the bequest

Binding: 16c. calf over wooden boards with bevelled edges Spine rebacked has plain blind tooling and gilt lettering BREVIARIUM / MS. / CIRCA 1450. One clasp and one leather strap remain.


Collation: (10)1-11 (11)12 (10)13-47 (1)48. Av., By., Cv., Dr.ÑDv., llSr., Qv., Rv.ÑVv. are blank


Condition: Edges cut, gilded, and goffered,

Deco desc: two German styles are clearly discernible. The first, contemporary with the script, has provided caps alternately red, and blue, some touched with gold; illuminated initials with simple marginal leaf and floral sprays in gold, green, mauve, red, and blue. The second style dates from the 16c. Nearly every sheet of text (and DÑO, PÑS) received a single-line red frame and running titles; the illuminated initials were furnished with a red ink stylized floral spray and gold spangles; acanthus sprays from another book were pasted on 114v., 131v.; 115v. was provided with a full-page frame of Renaissance style in which are depicted a pelican in its piety, two giant supporters, winged grotesques, as well as with an historiated initial portraying a Funeral Service for a corpse in bed and the legend is ME MORI.

Dimensions: 112 x 73 mm

Extent: A-V + 472

Foliation: 16c. foliation by arabic numerals incorrect

Hand desc: German littera hybrida


Layout: one col. of 19 lines

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Orig date: s. xv2

Orig place:

Origin: The Use would appear to be Utrecht and the provenance the diocese of Cologne.

Provenance: Er.ÑJv. contain a full Calendar copied by a 16c. hand; another hand of the same century has filled Kr.ÑOv. with the incipits of the ps., hymns and canticles in the volume and has provided on Pr.ÑPv, an addition to the text on 472v.; there are scribbles on Qr.; Cr. has the names ÔCecil Dudes 1877Õ and ÔVictor q.s. West 1921Õ; on Ar. is a note in English about the contents; Br. has the signa ture of ÔNelson Moore Richardson, Montevideo near Weymouth, EnglandÕ

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 59



Support: vellum, fly leaves ii-iii modern paper, iv-xviii 16 c. paper


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