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Franciscan Breviary (use of Rome); in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment
Central Italy, Umbria (Perugia), c. 1456-1470. VERY SMALL FIFTEENTH-CENTURY MANUSCRIPT BREVIARY MOST LIKELY MADE FOR A FRANCISCAN NUN IN PERUGIA. In Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment, Central Italy, Umbria (Perugia), c. 1456-1460. Dimensions 106 x 82 mm., 540 folios, lacking a quire of 10 leaves between the penultimate and final quires, otherwise complete, written in gothic bookhand (round Italian textualis) in two columns on 31 lines, 3- to 6-line initials alternating in red and blue, two puzzle initials in red and blue, two large initials in red with blue penwork. BINDING: EARLY, fifteenth or sixteenth century, dark brown blind-tooled calf over pasteboards. TEXT: Breviaries, which are among the most important liturgical manuscripts surviving from the late Middle Ages, gather between their covers the Divine Office for the entire liturgical year. This very small, but very thick (almost as thick as it is wide), manuscript records information about the celebration of liturgical feasts within a Franciscan community of nuns in Umbria. PROVENANCE: Made for a Franciscan in Umbria in central Italy, most probably a Franciscan nun in Perugia, c. 1456-1472, as suggested by liturgical evidence and a contemporary inscription added by "Sister Scholastica"; contemporary notes in the margins, and contemporary or slightly later pen trials on f. 347; erased signature on f. 10v in a nineteenth-century(?) hand (illegible); marginal note "VI" in purple felt pen inner margin f. 285. CONDITION: some small stains and signs of wear, a few wormholes on the first leaves, otherwise in very … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Les Enluminures [United States]
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