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MISSALE PRO DEFUNCTIS (Mass for the Dead and Burial Service; Noted Processions) Illuminated liturgical manuscript on vellum with musical notation with Four leaves from a contemporary Antiphonary
ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT IN LATIN ON VELLUM WITH MUSICAL NOTATION, Northern Italy (Novara), c. 1300-1340, with four leaves with noted texts from the Divine Office, probably from a contemporary Antiphonary, removed by a previous owner from this manuscript, and now bound separately, 266 x 187 mm., 39 folios, complete (collation, i-ii10 iii6, iv4 v8+1 [f. 39, single leaf added to the end of the quire]), ruled very lightly in lead (justification varies, 225-165 x 150-132 mm.), copied in a formal rounded southern gothic bookhand in two sizes in 15 long lines or with five to six lines of text each accompanied by four-line staves with square notation, red rubrics, majuscules within the text stroked with red, two-line initials alternately red and blue with pen decoration in the opposite color, f. 27, parted red and blue initial, with blue pen decoration, ONE CRUCIFIXION MINIATURE. BINDING: Binding was extensively restored after its acquisition by the Bergendal Collection, re-using the early wooden boards (left uncovered), replacing the leather bands, and adding a new brown leather spine, original pastedowns and flyleaves removed and bound separately (also included), in excellent condition. TEXT: This is a very interesting example of a small, practical liturgical volume with texts associated with the rites surrounding death and burial. The Mass for the Dead in this volume, copied in a large, easily read script, with a beautiful miniature of the Crucifixion, is especially noteworthy. It begins with texts for the Funeral Service, including detailed texts (not noted) for the processions associated with death and burial -- to the house of the dead, back to the Church, and to the Grave. The text for the Mass for the Dead, more often found in a Missal, follows, and is in turn followed by processions on the anniversaries of the death and All Souls Day (commemorating all the Dead). The amount of liturgical detail here makes these texts especially interesting. Also includes noted hymns and a tract, and noted liturgical processions for Palm Sunday, for the Consecration of a Church, for meeting a prelate, and finally, for the dead. ILLUSTRATION: Miniature of the Crucifixion, f. 11v, at the Canon of the Mass (“Te igitur”), 90 x 66 mm., strikingly similar to other manuscripts from Novara, c. 1300, and more generally, to a group of late thirteenth-century Missals from Umbria, whose style shows the influence of Ciambue. PROVENANCE: Written in Northern Italy, certainly for use in the diocese of Novara, and most likely also copied in or near Novara, in the opening decades of the fourteenth century, c. 1300-40 (script, illumination, and liturgical contents including Saints associated with Novara). Sold by Hoepli and Kundig, Geneva, November 20, 1947, lot 79 (their description laid in). Sold at Sotheby’s, December 11, 1984, lot. 43, when it was purchased by Joseph Pope (1921-2010) of Toronto; Bergendal Collection MS 68. Based on the similarity in script and layout, it seems likely that the four leaves removed from the binding and rebound share a common origin in Novara, c. 1300-40. CONDITION: Overall in good condition but well-worn with many signs of use, including some ink flaking, stains, and cockling. Full description and photographs available. 554.
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