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Ambrose, Saint, Bishop of Milan, d. 397
80 leaves, 34 cm x 22 cm.
Ms. Codex 001601
De psalmo centesimo octavo decimo. Written in a minuscule bookhand of the eleventh century, probably in Britain, in double columns with initials in red. The binding is crude, contemporary with the text, and the remains of a clasp are present.
One leaf, 31 cm x 22 cm.
Ms. Lansburgh 10
Fifteen lines of neumes and text, written in a Beneventan hand of the late ninth century. The text is from Genesis 4:9, for the Sunday in Sexagesima. This leaf is often called the "Dartmouth Fragment." Gift of Mark Lansburgh.
Two leaves, 35 cm x 24 cm.
Ms. Lansburgh 38
Bifolium, an outer member of a gathering, of a French antiphonal, ca. 1150-1200. Probably created in Lorraine, the leaves contain fifteen lines of text and music, the latter on four-line staves. The notation is hufnagel. The manuscript is rubricated and contains several large initials. The texts are incomplete and contain parts of the summer histories, including Judith and Kings. The first leaf of the bifolium is torn has has been repaired by sewing. Gift of Mark Lansburgh.
Two leaves, 58 cm x 38 cm.
Written in an early sixteenth-century Spanish hand, probably from Toledo. The texts include responds for Quadragesima and Sexagesima Sundays. Gift of Charlotte Jewett.
152 leaves, 52 cm x 31 cm.
Ms. Codex 001928
The second part of a Spanish antiphonal of the fifteenth century. The texts are from the Vespers of Easter to the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. The manuscript is in a contemporary binding with brass bosses and metal reinforcement strips on the edges.
One leaf, 51 cm x 38 cm.
Written in a round gothic hand with square notation, the leaf is of late fourteenth or early fifteenth-century Spanish origin. It contains five colored initials with the text for the Vespers of Christmas Eve. Gift of Harold Goddard Rugg.
One leaf, 55 cm x 39 cm.
Written in Spain in the sixteenth century, the text is in a round gothic hand and contains a single illuminated initial. Gift of the estate of Mrs. Charles Griffith.
Two leaves, 51 cm x 37 cm.
Written in Spain in the sixteenth century, these two conjoint leaves contain eight illuminated initials. The notation is typical squared notes.
One leaf, 55 cm x 38 cm.
Written in a round sixteenth-century Spanish hand with square notation. The text is for Lauds of Septuagesima Sunday. While the borders and text are authentic, the initial and the miniature of the Presentation in the Temple are the work of the Spanish Forger, ca. 1900. Gift of Mark Lansburgh.
One leaf, 58 cm x 39 cm.
Written in a round sixteenth-century Italian gothic hand with square notation on a five-line staff. There are two decorated initials and the text is of the benedictum and antiphons for Christmas Day.