Germany, mid 13th century.
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including prayers and readings (from Genesis, Exodus and Bede) for Ash Wednesday to the end of Saturday in Passion week; 24 leaves, incomplete at beginning and end and lacking leaves after f. 2 and f. 4, collation i4, ii8, iii8, iv4, single columns of 22 lines written in two sizes of an angular and rather irregular early gothic bookhand in dark brown ink, ruled with ink, one- and two-line initials in red, capitals touched in red, rubrics; some contemporary and later marginalia, including a note, in a fifteenth-century hand, on how Elijah caused fire to fall from heaven; part of fore-margin of f. 13 torn away (not affecting text), brownish stain in foot of some leaves, some dust-soiling, but generally in good condition, some outer margins preserving prickings; modern vellum over boards. 152 x 122 mm (123 x 81 mm)
A fragment of a pocket-sized Breviary of relatively humble appearance. It comes from the Temporale of a ‘secular’ Breviary (i.e. for use in a church, either by a parish priest or a friar), containing nine readings at Matins for Sundays and major feast days and three readings for weekdays (monastic Breviaries give twelve readings for Sundays and feast days and three for weekdays in the winter and one in summer).
Provenance: with Hans Kraus in March 1958, according to a pencilled note on the rear pastedown; with Bernard Rosenthal in 1983; from whom purchased by Joseph Pope (1921–2010), his MS Bergendal 54.
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