Guide to the Medieval Manuscript Fragments and Objects,
[ca. 800 - ca. 1600].

Collection Number: 6532

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

Contact Information:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-3530
Fax: (607) 255-9524
rareref@cornell.edu
http://rmc.library.cornell.edu
Compiled by:
Ruth Mullett
Date completed:
June 2014
EAD encoding:
Ruth Mullett, June 2014
Date modified:
RMC Staff, December 2016

© 2014 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Medieval manuscript fragments and objects, [ca. 800 - ca. 1600].
Collection Number:
6532
Creator:
Anonymous.
Quantity:
ca. 3 cubic ft. (4 boxes and 7 mapcase folders).
Forms of Material:
Manuscripts
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
Abstract:
Various Medieval manuscript fragments and objects.
Language:
Collection material in various languages, including Latin, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, and Hebrew.


COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Various items, including documents (such as Nuremberg rules for execution from 16th century, papal texts, legal statements) and fragments from books (such as parchment strips recovered from bindings, historiated initials, illuminations, and leaves drawn from various texts including the Vulgate Bible, commentaries on the Bible, breviaries, Psalters, books of hours, homilies, liturgical books with musical notation, books of law, works of Church Fathers such as Augustine and Jerome, works of classical authors such as Cicero and Livy, and works of various other authoritative authors such as Avicenna). Included is a document written on a bifolium from Thann (Alsace), dated 1499, listing saints' relics transferred from monstrances to a reliquary (here called a Tafel) in 1458 at the collegiate church of St. Thiébaut. Also, a fragment of an unidentified Lauda from the Passion of Christ, in ottava rima, probably of mid-Italian origin. It describes St. Peter's denial, the trial of Christ before Caiaphas, the crowd's verdict, the flagellation, and the humiliation.
Also included is a leaf from an antiphonal, on vellum, with a miniature of a female saint preaching. The leaf (480 x 355 mm.) is from north-central Italy, probably around Bologna, ca. 1350. It includes 7 four-line staves in red, and a large initial "A" illustrating the verse Adaperiat dominus cor vestrum (2 Macc. 4). Music and text of a later date are added in the bottom margin.
Included in addition is a framed 1288 document on vellum from Abbess Jutta von Arnsberg of Freckenhorst, Germany, concerning an annuity for goods bought in connection with the annual feast of St. Martin's. The abbess's seal is attached to the document by its original tab.
Also included is a Spanish manuscript on vellum, conveying a piece of olive grove near Cordoba, dated 10 February 1503; and a small bronze seal matrix, used to seal documents, bearing an image of an Agnus Dei with a large flag on a long crucifix, with inscription "Ecce Agnvs Dei."
Also, a remnant of a 15th-century book of hours annotated and augmented in the following centuries, with an inscription on the front pastedown dated 1768 naming one of its owners: Jean Hersmulle Duport, doctor of theology (Sorbonne), who taught physics at the Sulpician Grand Seminary of St Irenee, and then became curate of Loire, a village between Lyon and Vienne (until 1791). With eight original vellum leaves from the manuscript, most with added texts. The contents are: 1. one folio numbered 17, with the end of the Gospel lesson of St. Matthew, an inscription in a later hand, and on the verso the capital letters DE LH (the rest blank); 2. one folio with four lines of Latin religious verse in French humanist minuscule script, below which is an erased inscription that can be read in ultraviolet light (naming "Jehan Frenier," with various place-names: probably Je[h]an Frenier, cure de Saint-Martin de Maulay, near Loudun), the verso blank; 3. six folios from the end of the book, the first being the conclusion of the Suffrages but with the following added: a complete prayer in 90 rhyming couplets of French, beginning "O Iesu roy de tout le monde / En qui toute bonte abonde / Je suis ta pauvre creature / Contemplant ta saincte figure / Se tenant a grands cloux de fer... Helas quel fers, helas quelz cloux / Ils furent forges longs et groux / Pour te faire plus de martyre" (a variant was printed in 1556 in Fr. Pierre Olivier, Le Mirouer du Chrestien), followed by "Les Sept Oraisons de St. Gregoire" complete in seven Latin stanzas; this followed by an inscription, "AU NOM DIEU / AMEN CES HEURES." Many medieval manuscripts were transmitted from generation to generation and abundantly annotated. This remnant reveals the kinds of texts deemed essential in such books of private devotion but omitted, for whatever reason, from the original commissi on.
Fragment from Saint Augustine's Expositio in evangelium Johannis, from Italy, circa 1100; leaf on vellum from a breviary, Flanders, circa 1350; and leaf on vellum from a large antiphonal, from Spain, circa 1525, with elaborate Moorish strapwork design on the borders and surrounding a large initial letter O. Also, a leaf from a 16th-century antiphonal from Italy, on vellum, with decorated initials; and a leaf from another antiphonal from Italy, circa 1500, with decorated initials made with a compass.
Also, a leaf from a Book of hours (Paris, circa 1500), with a color illustration showing the coronation of the Virgin; and a fragment of a manuscript bifolium from Thomas of Breslau's Practica medicinalis, subsequently used as a binding cover in a volume, with pieces of leather straps laced through the text (Italy, late 14th century).
Fragment from a codex of Justinian, with historiated initials including the head of a woman in a blue cloak (southern France, circa 1280).
Also, the last will of Margarita de Ballis, the wife of the Count de Ballis, in Alcamo, Sicily (1408), on paper with a watermark showing a hand with a flower, commonly found on paper in Europe. Also, a historiated border on vellum from the Great Choir Book of Ferdinand and Isabella, Castile, circa 1479-1492.
Two fragments of a commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, with a remark on werewolves, by Richard of Middleton (Ricardus de Mediavilla), circa 1400.
Also, a papal bull signed by Pope Innocent VIII, 1488; and a patristic manuscript in Greek, evidently a homily about St. John Chrysostom, 11th century. Also, a leaf of the Stimulus amoris by Pseudo-Bonaventure, in Old French translation, circa 1420.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo.
Avicenna, 980-1037.
Cicero, Marcus Tullius.
Jerome, Saint, d. 419 or 20.
Jesus Christ--Passion.
John Chrysostom, Saint, -407.
Livy.
Jutta, von Arnsberg.
Duport, Jean Hersmulle, former owner.
Thomas, of Breslau. Practica medicinalis.
Justinian I, Emperor of the East, 483?-565.
Ballis, Margarita de.
Ricardus, de Mediavilla, approximately 1249-1308?
Pseudo-Bonaventure. Stimulus amoris.
Catholic Church--Liturgy.

Titles:
Bible -- Commentaries.

Subjects:
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Music--500-1400.
Music--15th century.
Music--16th century.
Legal documents.
Fathers of the church.
Authors, Classical.
Sermons.
Relics.
Women saints.

Form and Genre Terms:
Gothic scripts.
Historiated initials.
Illuminations.
Books of hours.
Breviaries.
Psalters.
Bifolia.
Antiphonaries--Italy--16th century.
Wills.
Stamps (tools)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Medieval manuscript fragments, #6532. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

See also the Eleze McKenzie Collection of Medieval Manuscript Leaves, #6931, http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/EADresolver?id=RMM06931

NOTES

Scripts include examples of various forms of Carolingian, Praegothica, Northern and Southern Textualis, Semitextualis, Cursiva Antiquior, Cursiva, Hybrida, Semihybrida, Gothico-Antiqua.

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
Ninth century.
Mutilated bifolium from a glossed Vulgate Bible, Psalms 39 and 41.
Box 2 Folder 1
Size: 264 x 352 mm (220 x 131 mm).
Description: Written in Latin, on parchment with red capitals and rubrics in Carolingian script. Marginal glossing in a smaller hand (also a Carolingian script) and some staining on the second folio. Contains Psalms 39:2-13, 41:7-43.
Provenance: Lost description by Susan Farrier, n.d. Formerly b.21.
Ninth century.
Leaf from Leo Magnus’ Tractatus, 75, 76.
Box 2 Folder 2
Size: 385 x 254 mm (339 x 194 mm incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin in two ruled columns on flesh side of the parchment only. In a Carolingian script and including occasional red initials, rubrication, and highlighting. Taken from a binding.
Provenance: Lost description by Elizabeth Rowe, 1981. Formerly m.31.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_022.jpg (a).
Ninth century.
One binding strip probably from a Bible containing Jerome, Matthew 3.21.1-11 and Zacharias 9.9.9.
Box 2 Folder 3
Size: 309 x 12 mm (264 x 12 mm incomplete).
Description: Narrow binding strip written in Latin on parchment in a Carolingian script with no decoration.
Provenance: Lost description by Camille Bennett, May 1979. Formerly o.33.
Ninth century.
Mutilated bifolium from a lectionary including readings from Acts 3:9-10.
Box 2 Folder 4
Size: 56 x 362/192 mm (56 x 161 mm incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Carolingian script and featuring some red rubrication.
Provenance: Formerly 007.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_014_001.jpg (a).
Ninth century.
Leaf containing capitula for 1. Corinthians 3:16-4:17 on recto and Bible fragment on verso.
Box 2 Folder 5
Size: 341 x 166/101 mm (282 x 73 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Carolingian script.
Provenance: Acquired by George Lincoln Burr. Formerly folder v.40.
Ninth to tenth century.
Leaf with commentary on Luke 7:36, probably from Germany.
Box 2 Folder 6
Size: 205 x 148/176 mm.
Description: Written in Latin on parchment. The script is Carolingian and of the Alcuin School of Tours. Fragment contains commentary on Luke 7.36, possibly from a book of Sermons. Probably brought to the abbey of St Maximin by Ada, sister of Charlemagne.
Provenance: Purchased by George Lincoln Burr. Burr’s notes read: ‘Manuscript fragments of about 800 AD taken from an old book ( CUL’s copy of the Bibliae Moraliztus of Berchorius of Poitiers – 7546 G75) and to be restored to that volume after photographing them for the Pope’s Biblical Commission’; and another reads, ‘[…] Even more interesting than the book itself is the old MS with which the monks of St. Maximim to whom this copy belonged, have lined the binding. It is a fragment of a Bible of the ninth century, which was perhaps brought to St. Maximim by Ada, sister of Charlemagne. The script is clearly (so Dr. Loew convinced me) the work of Alcuin’s School of Tours […]’. Note that this manuscript fragment was never returned to the binding of Bibliae Moraliztus.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_010_001.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_010_002.jpg (b).
Eleventh century.
Six leaves from a Tours Bible.
Box 2 Folder 7
Size: Fragment 1/ I.A: 205 x 281 mm (205 x 205 mm incomplete). Fragment 2/ I.B: 207 x 281 mm (134 X 207 mm incomplete). Fragment 3/ II.C: 9 x 271 mm (9 x 271 mm incomplete). Fragment 4/ II.D: 181 x 270 mm (181 x 270 mm incomplete). Fragment 5/ III.E: 257 x 142/121 mm (162 x 88 mm incomplete). Fragment 6/ III.F: 257 x 120 mm (170 x 120 mm incomplete).
Description: Fragments from a Tours Bible, written in Latin on parchment in a late Carolingian/ early Praegothica script. Fragments contain parts of the books of Genesis, Daniel, and Numbers.
Provenance: Lost description by Boyd Hill, 1979. Formerly r.36 1-6.
Eleventh century.
Two mutilated bifolia from a missal containing parts of Matthew 9 and 18, and Ephesians 4, with some diastematic neumes.
Box 2 Folder 8
Size: Bifolium 1: 95 x 166/330 mm (95 x 146 mm incomplete). Bifolium 2: 97 x 187/375 mm (56 x 150 mm incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a late Carolingian hand. Orange capitals with glosses in a smaller hand. Leaf 1, recto 1 contains Eph. 4:1, 2, 8, verso 1 contains Matt. 9:9, 10, (11?), recto 2 contains Matt. 18: 6,7,8. Leaf 2, recto 1 contains [Matt: 18: 5 -6?], verso 1 contains Matt. 18: 8, 9, 10, recto 2 unknown, verso 2 contains Eph. 4:8, 9, 10, 11, 12. Taken from a binding.
Provenance: Formerly a.41.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_021_004.jpg (1a); CornellMedMS_021_003.jpg (1b); CornellMedMS_021_001.jpg (2a); CornellMedMS_021_002.jpg (2b).
Eleventh century.
Fragment from a Byzantine patristic manuscript in Greek.
Box 2 Folder 8 bis
Size: 270 x 180 mm (250 x 170 mm).
Description: Written in Greek on parchment in two columns, evidently a homily about St. John Chrysostom.
Provenance: Acquired by Laurent Ferri, August 2016.
ID Number:
Mid-eleventh century.
Fragment from a manuscript, probably a Bible.
Box 1 Folder 1
Size: 34 x 82 mm (34 x 69 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Carolingian script, possibly containing extracts from the Vulgate Book of Mark 10:33 (‘Ecce ascendimus hieroso…’). Red initial “I”.
Provenance: Gift of Bruce Ferrini. Formerly folder 12.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_001.jpg (a).
Late eleventh century.
Mutilated bifolium containing Haimo of Auxerre’s Homiliae de tempore, 81.
Box 2 Folder 9
Size: 47 x 322/ 198 mm (39 x 180 mm incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a neat Carolingian script. Ruled in hard-point and this has cut through the parchment a little on leaf 1.
Provenance: Lost description by Samuel Overstreet, May 1981. Formerly p.34.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_020_001.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_020_002.jpg (b).
Late eleventh or early twelfth century.
Three leaves from Bede’s Homiliae, from Italy.
Box 1 Folder 2
Size: 14.1: 420 x 295 mm (336 x 217 mm). 14.2: 418 x 295 mm (328 x 206 mm). 14.3: 419 x 296 mm (354 x 228 mm).
Description: Written in Latin in an Italian Carolingian script on parchment. Three leaves numbered ciij, cx, cxx, with 43 lines of text in two columns (cxx has 45 lines). Contains part of the homilies for the eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Two decorative initials (“L” f. ciij, “I” f. cx) in yellow, red, blue, and white with interlace and white intertwined tendrils. The loose organization of the decoration is similar to the ornament in a manuscript of the Lives of the Saints attributed to the twelfth century in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan (MS. B. 49 inf. See M. L. Gengaro and G. V. Guglielmetti, Inventario dei codici decoratie miniati della Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Florence: Olscheki, 1968, pl. 49, pp. 51-52).
Provenance: Formerly Calkins no. 20; De Ricci, II, 1240, B. 63a; folder 14 (1-3). Brought in 1888 in Lucca for the A. D. White library.
Circa 1100
Single Fragment on vellum, Text by Augustine, from Italy.
Box 2 Folder 14
Size: 200 x 150 mm.
Description: Written in Latin in an Italian Carolingian script on parchment. Contains part of the "Expositio in Evangelium Iohannis" of Augustine.
Provenance: Acquired by Laurent Ferri in July 2014.
Late eleventh to twelfth century.
Leaf from the Acta Martyrii, including the martyrs of Sebaste.
Box 1 Folder 3
Size: 431 x 321/284 mm (406 x 241 mm).
Description: One leaf in Latin in a Praegothica script on parchment. Beginning: ‘donis multis habere faciam…’, and ending: ‘animas deo reddentes dicebant . Anima’. Text differs from Acta Sanctorum.
Provenance: Formerly folder 17.
Eleventh to twelfth century.
Mutilated bifolium of an Old Testament capitula and Augustine’s Hipponiensis episcopi Epistulae from chapter 21, De libro Ezechielis, possibly from England.
Box 2 Folder 10
Size: 311 x 322/211 mm (239 x 194 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Praegothica script. Contains Old Testament capitula in Latin in two columns recto and verso of 1, and one column (of originally two column page) of Augustine’s Hipponiensis episcopi Epistulae on recto and verso of 2. Red initials and chapter numbers.
Provenance: Formerly folder 56.
Eleventh to twelfth century.
Leaf, possibly from a service book.
Box 2 Folder 11
Size: 342 x 231 mm (252 x 170 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Praegothica script, bordering on Textualis. Red rubrication and initials, including a large “F” with pen work. Two glosses in separate hands in the bottom margins.
Provenance: Formerly folder 63.
Eleventh to twelfth century.
Leaf, possibly from a service book.
Box 2 Folder 12
Size: 291 x 215 mm (209 x 147 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment with red capitals and rubrication. Two decorated initials in red, blue, and green (and yellow?) ink; “D” on recto, “C” on verso. Faded fourteenth-century scripts in the bottom margin.
Provenance: Formerly folder 62.
Late eleventh to early twelfth century.
Hymnal leaf (or antiphonary?) with diastematic neumes.
Box 2 Folder 13
Size: 216 x 144 mm (192 x 115 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a late Carolingian script with some Praegothica features. Some faded marginal glossing and red capitals and rubrics.
Provenance: Lost description by Ceclia Schautz?, May 1981. Formerly a.20.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_006_001.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_006_002.jpg (b).
Late eleventh to twelfth century.
Music fragment from a hymnal with pre-square notation.
Box 2 Folder 14
Size: 81 x 223 mm (184 x 76 mm). Four staves: 12.0 mm.
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a late Carolingian script. Score written with four line staves and using pre-square notation. Rubrics and lines in red ink.
Provenance: Formerly h.47.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_002_002.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_002_001.jpg (b).
Circa 1100.
Fragment from St. Augustine, Expositio in evangelium Johannis.
Box 2 Folder 14bis
Size: 160 x 210 mm (140 x 170 mm).
Description: Parts of Tractatus 15, cap. IV and Tractatus 25. Written in Latin in double columns on vellum in Carolingian minuscule script. Rubrics in red ink.
Provenance: Acquired by Laurent Ferri in 2014.
ID Number:
Twelfth century.
Two leaves from a Bible containing the Books of Ezra/ Nehemiah (folio 4) and Judith (folio 5).
Box 1 Folder 4
Size: Folio 4: 430 x 307 mm (407 x 260 mm incomplete). Folio 5: 428 x 308 mm (409 x 250 mm). Fragment torn from top of folio 5: 47 x 161 mm.
Description: Written in Latin in a Praegothica script. Two leaves from a Bible on parchment in two columns. The top corner of the second folio has been torn off. It remains with the collection and has some stitching remaining.
Provenance: Formerly De Ricci B63b; folder 15 (1-2).
Mid-twelfth century.
Mutilated bifolium from a liturgical manuscript containing Psalm XIII (XIV?) with diastematic neumes.
Box 2 Folder 15
Size: 49 x 282 mm (19 x 143 mm incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Praegothica script. Including chants for Psalm XIII (and possibly XIV) indicated by interlinear diastematic neumes.
Provenance: Formerly q.35.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_019_002.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_019_001.jpg (b).
Twelfth century.
Fragment of a leaf with music for epiphany, with pre-square notation.
Box 2 Folder 16
Size: 222 x 79 mm (189 x 79mm). Four staves: 12.5 mm.
Description: Fragment in Latin featuring pre-square notation on four line staves. Written in a Praegothica script with red rubrication.
Provenance: Formerly folder 12.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_023_002.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_023_001.jpg (b).
Twelfth century.
One mutilated bifolium and three fragments from a breviary with diastematic neumes.
Box 2 Folder 17
Size: Fragment 1: 78 x 144 mm (49 x 109 mm incomplete). Fragment 2: 91 x 162/145 mm (91 x 115 mm incomplete). Fragment 3: 93 x 156 mm (93 x 112 mm incomplete). Bifolia 4: 231 x 151/284 mm (191 x 119 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a late Carolingian script with some Praegothica features (uncial “D” and enclosed “G”). Red capitals and rubrication, and chants with diastematic neumes. Including feasts of saints Vitus, Lawrence, Hermes, Augustine, John the Baptist, Martial, Ludmila, and Benedict.
Provenance: Lost description by Margot Fassler, May 1979. Formerly f.25 (1-4).
ID Number: CornellMedMS_024_009.jpg (1a); CornellMedMS_024_010.jpg (1b); CornellMedMS_024_006.jpg (2a); CornellMedMS_024_005.jpg (2b); CornellMedMS_024_007.jpg (3a); CornellMedMS_024_008.jpg (3b); CornellMedMS_024_001.jpg (4a); CornellMedMS_024_002.jpg (4b); CornellMedMS_024_003.jpg (4c); CornellMedMS_024_004.jpg (4d).
Twelfth century.
Two leaves featuring the offices of saints Leo, Peter and Paul, James, Nazarius and Celsus, Abdon and Seunen.
Box 2 Folder 18
Size: Leaf 1: 270 x 216/196 mm (254 x 171 mm). Leaf 2: 269 x 216 mm (257 x 171 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a neat Praegothica, close to Carolingian, script. Red initials and rubrics. Later marginal notes added in black ink. Both leaves cut off at the bottom and crenelated.
Provenance: Lost description by Fred Jonassen?, 1980. Formerly n.32 (1-2).
Twelfth century.
Binding strip containing text from the Vulgate Bible, Luke 2.
Box 2 Folder 19
Size: 65 x 345 mm (21 x 231 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a late Carolingian, early Praegothica script. Text in two columns. Text on verso damaged from being glued into binding.
Provenance: Formerly folder k.49.
Twelfth century.
Fragment taken from a binding from an unidentified book.
Box 2 Folder 20
Size: 105 x 392 mm.
Description: Written in Latin on parchment with red rubrication and a decorated initial “P”. Very faded text, probably in a Praegothica script.
Provenance: Donated by Fleda Meyers. Formerly f.56.
Twelfth century.
Leaf from Augutine’s De doctrina christiana (ii. 38-40 incomplete).
Box 2 Folder 21
Size: 271 x 183 mm (211 x 123 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Praegothica script. Removed from the cover of Purbach’s Theorocae novae planetarum in The History of Science, 1591. Parchment tabs surviving on bottom of page.
Provenance: Lost description by Janet Durholz, 1986 and Kelly Wickham-Crowley, 1981. Formerly folder s.37.
Late twelfth century.
One mutilated bifolium with commentary on Deuteronomy 27 and 32.
Box 2 Folder 22
Size: 146 x 196/386 mm (94 x 140 mm incomplete).
Description: Mutilated bifolium in Latin on parchment with text on flesh side only, taken from a binding. In a Praegothica, reaching Textualis, script (with almost exclusive use of uncial “d” and the Tironian nota).
Provenance: Lost descriptions by Paul Reveley?, 1982, and Florence Newman, 1979. Formerly l.30.
Late twelfth century.
Leaf from a Book of Hours with pen drawing of God the Father with crucified Christ.
Box 2 Folder 23
Size: 121 x 82 mm (84 x 52 mm)
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Praegothica script with some red rubrication. Illustration on recto of God the father with the crucified Christ, and of verso of Christ with globus cruciger.
Provenance: Formerly folder 61.
Early thirteenth century, ca. 1220.
Two bifolia from the so-called “Psalter of St. Mary”, with 15 verses of rhyming devotional poetry in Old French from France.
Box 3 Folder 1
Size: Bifolium 1: 145 x 105/200 mm (114 x 71 mm). Bifolium 2: 145 x 117/198 mm (116 x 78 mm).
Description: Written in Latin verse with 15 verses of rhyming devotional poetry in Old French, in a Textualis Formata script and on parchment. Single column with 22 lines per page. Two large three-line initials, one in red, the other in blue, with contrasting penwork extending into the margins; over fifty initials A’s alternating red and blue. Certain linguistic traits may imply a north-eastern dialect.
Provenance: Purchased in 2013 by Laurent Ferri.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_011_008.jpg; CornellMedMS_011_005.jpg; CornellMedMS_011_007.jpg; CornellMedMS_011_006.jpg; CornellMedMS_011_004.jpg; CornellMedMS_011_003.jpg; CornellMedMS_011_002.jpg; CornellMedMS_011_001.jpg.
Early thirteenth century.
Three bindings strips from an unidentified manuscript.
Box 3 Folder 2
Size: 1: 290 x 42 mm. 2: 144 x 49 mm. 3: 144 x 34 mm.
Description: Three binding strips in a Textualis Formata (Quadratus) script. Two of the strips are taken from the edge of the text block and feature alternate blue and red initials with decorative penwork. All three fragments are broken in two and have been taped back together.
Provenance: Formerly p.53 (1-3).
ID Number: CornellMedMS_016_001.jpg (1a); CornellMedMS_016_002.jpg (1b); CornellMedMS_016_004.jpg (2a); CornellMedMS_016_003.jpg (2b); CornellMedMS_016_005.jpg (3a); CornellMedMS_016_006.jpg (3b).
Late thirteenth century.
Decorated leaf from a Psalter, probably from Northern France.
Box 3 Folder 3
Size: 177 x 130 mm (151 x 89 mm).
Description: Psalms written in Latin in a Textualis Formata (Quadratus) script on parchment. Highly decorated Lombard capitals in red and blue ink with gold leaf. Decorated initial “O” with image of seated prophet holding book inside. Numerous marginalia and fillers including a man, dogs, a deer, and other beasts.
Provenance: Lost description by Raegan Russell, 10th May 1999. Formerly Ferrini no. 60.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_003_001.jpg (a), CornellMedMS_003_002.jpg (b).
Last quarter of the thirteenth century, ca. 1280.
Leaf from Antiphonal with decorated initial “E” with blue wolves from Italy.
Box 1 Folder 5
Size: 474 x 351 mm (362 x 255 mm). Four staves: 27.8 mm.
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Northern Textualis Formata script. Seven four line staves in red with gothic script and square musical notation. Alternate red and blue initials with some red rubrication. The verso contains a historiated initial (measuring 11 x 10cm) which illustrates the Responsory, “Ecce ego mitto vos ut oves in medio luporum” (“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves”).
Provenance: Formerly Broadside bb13; folder 18.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_060_001.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_060_002.jpg (b).
Ca. 1280.
Fragment from a codex by Justinian, with historiated initials. From southern France.
Box 4 Folder 25
Size: 164 x 35 mm.
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Gothic script. Remains of a partial column of text and surrounding gloss on both recto and verso. Decoration: a small historiated initial of a woman's head in a blue cloak (recto); a human with an animal head (verso). Both initials on colored grounds, largely blue, with gold drops on gesso and marginal extensions.
Dated 1288.
Framed document from Germany featuring wax seal of female abbess.
Mapcase Folder 1
Size: 72/78 x 191 mm (63 x 183 mm).
Description: Legal document on parchment featuring seal of abbess Jutta appended to the bottom of the document. Jutta was mother superior and administrator of the cloister of St. Bonifatius in Freckenhorst from 1272-98. Partial transcription reads: “Jutta, dei gratia abbatissa in [Freckenhorst, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany], universis visuris presentia protestamus, quod cum Johannes dictus de Berg et sui coheredes haberent ex bonis nostris [name of a tract of land owned by the abbey, Elsendorf?] que colit Rodolphus, XXXII denarius salvendos eisdem dominica ante ascentionem Domini… pensionem annuatim ab incolis bonorum nostrorum in dicta quantitate et in termino memorato… in cujius rei testimonium presens scriptum sigilo nostro fecimus communiri… Datum anno Domini MCC LXXX octavo (1288), feria secunda Mathie apostoli”.
Provenance: Acquired in 2013 by Laurent Ferri.
Late thirteenth to early fourteenth century.
Leaf from a Breviary with decorative “C” initial.
Box 1 Folder 7
Size: 239 x 172 mm (178 x 120 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in an angular Textualis Formata (Textus Quadratus) script with 18 lines of text. Commences “In vigilia sancti Andree apostolo” and ends, “da nobis in eterna beatitudine de eorum societate gaudere. Per…”. Rubricated in red ink. Smaller initials in red and blue with pen flourishes. Large blue decorative initial “C” enclosing entwined ivy rinceaux on gold ground and enframed by a red field decorated with white filigree. Ivy branches spring from a vertical staff in left margin.
Provenance: Formerly Calkins, no. 6; De Ricci, II, p. 1237; folder 08.
Thirteenth to fourteenth century.
Two mutilated bifolia from an inset gloss textbook from Italy.
Box 3 Folder 4
Size: Fragment 1 (rubricated as XXXVI): 146/162 x 309/149 mm (122/84 x 136/104 mm incomplete). Fragment 2 (rubricated as XXXVII): 83/163 x 302/164 mm (140/113 x 144/114 mm incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in an Italian Rotunda (Littera Bononiensis) script. Main text in two columns trimmed on both sides, with marginal commentary. Text is on the flesh side of both bifolia only. Blue and red initials, paraphs, pen flourishes, and rubrics.
Provenance: Donated by Mrs Fleda Meyers. Lost description by Charles Reid, May 1986. Formerly h.27 (1-2).
ID Number: CornellMedMS_017_003.jpg (1a); CornellMedMS_017_004.jpg (1b); CornellMedMS_017_001.jpg (2a); CornellMedMS_017_002.jpg (2b).
Thirteenth to fourteenth century.
Fragment from a glossed manuscript containing the Digests of Justinian, 36.1/3.1-2.
Box 3 Folder 5
Size: 345 x 145 mm (345 x 134 mm incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment with red paraphs in a Southern Textulis Libraria. Some fading of the main text, glossing is extremely faded (now almost illegible).
Provenance: Lost description by Carol Neel, May 1978. Formerly k.29.
Thirteenth to fourteenth century.
Two leaves from a book, probably of canon law.
Box 3 Folder 6
Size: Folio III: 299 x 205 mm (224 x 155 mm incomplete). Folio IIII: 257 x 203 mm (234 x 152 incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in two columns in a Textualis Libraria scripts. Red paraphs and foliation: leaves are foliated as III and IIII (IV). Text is very faded and almost illegible.
Provenance: Formerly folder 57.2
Thirteenth to fourteenth century.
Leaf from the Bible, Book of Zachariah.
Box 3 Folder 7
Size: 282 x 191 mm (184 x 116 mm).
Description: From the Book of Zachariah, written in Latin on parchment. Featuring a beautiful marginal illustration of an angel appearing to Zachariah with men on horseback. Decorated initials in red and blue ink.
Provenance: Formerly folder 66.
Late thirteenth to fourteenth century.
Thirteen mutilated bifolia and three fragments from a Latin manuscript.
Box 3 Folder 8
Size: Three fragments: 130 x 200 mm; 80 x 240 mm; 130 x 230 mm. Thirteen mutilated bifolia: 130 x 390 mm; 130 x 445 mm; 135 x 440 mm; 125 x 390 mm; 140 x 445 mm; 135 x 420 mm; 140 x 430 mm; 135 x 430 mm; 130 x 400 mm; 140 x 430 mm; 140 x 410 mm; 135 x 440 mm; 140 x 430 mm. Width of text block: 161mm.
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Southern Textualis Libraria script in two columns. Text is badly faded and parchment partially worm eaten. Chapter numbers and occasional glosses in the margin.
Provenance: Donated by Mrs Fleda Meyers. Lost description by Will Dickerson, n.d. Formerly l.50.
Fourteenth century.
One leaf from the Digests of Justinian, 27.1.45 - 27.3.2 from Northern Italy, probably Bologne.
Box 3 Folder 9
Size: 329 x 244/232 mm (219 x 124 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on Italian parchment in a Textualis Libraria script, in two columns with various glosses. Red and blue paraphs and initials with some decorative penwork. Red rubrics and marginal illustrations of a bird (recto) and a serpent (verso). The ink is a little faded on the flesh side.
Provenance: Lost descriptions by Gina Paolai (1985) and Glen Starr (1975). Formerly g.26.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_078_001.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_078_002.jpg (b).
Fourteenth century.
One mutilated bifolium of a glossed Digest of Justinian: Liber XLV, from Bologna.
Box 3 Folder 10
Size: 212 x 391/ 241 mm (182 x 134 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Bolognese script, with marginal glossing in a similar script. In brown ink with red and blue paraphs and initials. Transcription available in folder.
Provenance: Formerly 19.1.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_025_001.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_025_001darker.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_025_002.jpg (b, c); CornellMedMS_025_002darker.jpg (b, c); CornellMedMS_025_003.jpg (d); CornellMedMS_025_003darker.jpg (d).
Fourteenth century.
Fragment from a glossed textbook from Italy, probably Bologne.
Box 3 Folder 11
Size: 452 x 112 mm (342/307 x 72/42 mm incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a compact Southern Textualis Libraria (Littera Bononiensis) script. Glossed in three hands (one is roughly contemporary to the main hand, two are later). Red rubrication, and text on the flesh side only.
Provenance: Formerly e.44.
Fourteenth century.
Two leaves from a music book with musical notation.
Box 3 Folder 12
Size: 1: 332 x 234 mm (252 x 190 mm) Four staves: 21.5 mm. 2: 331 x 232 mm (251 x 191 mm). Four staves: 21.5 mm.
Description: Two leaves from a music manuscript, written in Latin on parchment with square notation and red, four line staves in a Southern Textualis (Rotunda) script. Decorative capitals in red and blue ink with pen flourishes. Leaf 2 has 18cm slice in the vellum which has been stitched together, thread remains intact.
Provenance: Formerly 11.1-2.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_076_004.jpg (1a); CornellMedMS_076_003.jpg (1b); CornellMedMS_076_001.jpg (2a); CornellMedMS_076_002.jpg (2b).
Circa 1350.
Leaf on vellum from a breviary, Flanders.
Box 3 Folder 12bis
Size: 140 x 100 mm (95 x 70 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on vellum in Gothic script, with three decorated initials. Rubricated; decorated with pen flourishes and gold leaf.
Provenance: Acquired by Laurent Ferri in 2014.
ID Number:
Mid-fourteenth century, ca. 1350.
Leaf from an Antiphonal with historiated “A” initial of a female saint preaching, from Italy.
Box 1 Folder 6
Size: 481 x 355 mm (363 x 256 mm) Four staves: 27.9 mm.
Description: Written in Latin in a Textualis Formata (Rotunda) script on parchment. From north-central Italy, probably in the vicinity of Bologna. Seven four line staves in red (28mm) with square musical notation. Smaller initials in alternating red and blue ink with pen flourishes. Large initial “A” measuring 9.8 x 9cm, illustrating the verse “Adaperiat dominus cor vestrum” (2 Macc. 4: “[God] open your hearts in his law and commandments, and send you peace”), the first response from the first nocturne of the first Sunday in October. Rather than referencing the Maccabees text, an epistle of the Jews in Jerusalem to those in Egypt, the miniature illustrates a scene seldom found in manuscript art: a female saint preaching to a group of men and women. In the upper compartment the gesticulating saint addresses a divided group of five men and four women, all dressed in secular garb. The palette is Bolognese. Square notation and text of later date added in the bottom margin of the verso.
Provenance: Formerly folder 19.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_061_001.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_061_002.jpg (b).
Mid-fourteenth century, ca. 1350.
Single folio on vellum from a Decorative Breviary, from Flanders.
Box 1 Folder 6 bis
Size: 139 x 100 mm (96 x 59 mm).
Description: Decoration: one two-line multicolored initial D on colored grounds with gold highlights and a bar border extending five lines above and below into the lower margin; three multi-line alternating red and blue initials with contrasting pen work, one (on the verso) having a red and blue marginal extension the entire length of the text-block. Also, a drawing representing a dragon, added later. Text: this leaf comes the Christmas season, the end of the service for St. Stephen Protomartyr (26 December) and the beginning of St. John the Evangelist (27 December), ending just after the first lesson.
Provenance: Acquired by Laurent Ferri in July 2014.
ca. 1350-1375
Illuminated leaf from "Les Grandes Chroniques royales" Compostela, Paris, France
Box 1 Folder 17
Size: 446 x 330 mm.
Description: Decoration: Tempera and gold leaf on parchment (min., 112 x 91 mm.) Text: Includes the opening of Book IV, chapter 1, of the Grandes Chroniques de France, a royal compilation of the history of France from its Trojan origins up to, in its final form with its continuations, the death of King Charles VII in 1461. Originally drafted and updated by the monks of the royal abbey of Saint-Denis, the vernacular text provided the "official" history of the French kings, but the present miniature is also related to Spain, crusades, and pilgrimages. Charlemagne stands crowned, accompanied by two of his courtiers/preux compagnons, as San Iago/Iacobus [di Compostella] appears to him in a vision. The saint is identified by his pilgrim staff, pack, book, and his hat (subsequent pilgrims to Compostela would dress like him for centuries). According to the Chronicle of Turpin and subsequent imitations, Sant Iago instructed Charlemagne (in a [day?] dream) to come to Galicia following the Milky Way (Campus Stellae) and wrest Spain from the Saracens. The text in French in this manuscript is approximately the same, although St. James also urges Charlemagne to go to Galilee and deliver the Holy Sites.
Provenance: Acquired by Laurent Ferri in July 2016.
Fourteenth century.
Bronze seal matrix from England.
Box 1 Folder 8
Size: 20 mm high x 17 mm across the face; 8.2 grams.
Description: A single matrix cast in bronze. A cast stamp seal matrix with hexagonal-section shaft terminating in a pierced quatrefoil knob. The design features and Agnus Dei with a large flag on an extended Crucifix, surrounded by the legend ECCE AGNVS DEI (‘Behold the Lamb of God’). Slight corrosion below the lamb.
Provenance: Found by metal detector in England (undisclosed location), the property of a London collector and by descent. Acquired in January 2014 by Laurent Ferri.
Fourteenth century.
Fragment of a border (9.1) and a cut-out initial “M” (9.2) from a choir book, from Italy.
Box 1 Folder 9.1 and 9.2
Size: 9.1: 198 x 32 mm. 9.2: 200/158 x 121 mm (93 x 111 mm).
Description: 9.1: A fragment of border decoration (20 x 4cm) with blue, tan, and mauve acanthus leaves, gold dots, and an egret-like bird. 9.2: The initial “M” on the verso painted in tan on a blue field and decorated with red, mauve, and blue acanthus leaves was cut from a fourteenth-century Italian choir book on parchment. The recto side of the fragment contains square musical notation written on red staff lines with Gothic text. 9.1 and 9.2 possibly cut from the same volume.
Provenance: Formerly Calkins no. 25; De Ricci, II, 1237; folder 9.1-2. Obtained circa 1895 by A. D. White in Europe.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_069_001.jpg (9.1a); CornellMedMS_068_001.jpg (9.2a); CornellMedMS_068_002.jpg (9.2b).
Fourteenth to fifteenth century.
Leaf from a hymnal with musical notation.
Box 1 Folder 10
Size: 377 x 269 mm (295 x 174 mm). Four line staves: 9.5 mm.
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a high-grade Textualis Formata (Textus Quadratus) hand, with square musical notation on red, 4-line staves. Including alternating red, blue, and black capitals with pen flourishes on the black initials. Taken from a binding.
Provenance: Formerly folder 1.
Late fourteenth to fifteenth century.
Two leaves from a legal document.
Box 3 Folder 13
Size: Folio 1: 302 x 195 mm (264 x 167 mm). Folio 2: 332 x 194 mm (264 x 169 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in four different hands in a Cursiva script. Folio 1 contains four paragraphs, each in a different hand (hands 1-4). Folio 2 written entirely by hand 4. Each leaf has writing only on the flesh side. Probably taken from a binding.
Provenance: Formerly folder 57.1.
circa 1380
Leaf from Thomas of Breslau's "Practica Medicinalis"
Box 3 Folder 13b
Size: 10 1/2 X 13'' (267 x 330 mm)
Description: Written in Latin on parchment, with two columns of text, mostly concerned with the different types of fevers and their remedies. An entire passage is borrowed from Spanish Arnaldus de Villanova (1240-1311), who taught for many years at the university of Montpellier. Thomas was himself a former student of medicine in Montpellier and Bologna who became bishop of Wrocław in 1270.
Provenance: The manuscript fragment was used as a binding in the 16th century.
Late fourteenth to fifteenth century.
One bifolium containing Avicenna’s Liber Canonis I.
Box 3 Folder 14
Size: 318 x 236/464 mm (269 x 175 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Semitextualis Libraria script. In two ruled columns and later marginal notes added. Rubrication in red ink, and red and blue initials with pen flourishes. Two rectangles have been cut from the center of each leaf approximately 90 x 10 mm in size.
Provenance: Formerly j.28.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_080_001.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_080_002.jpg (b); CornellMedMS_080_003.jpg (c); CornellMedMS_080_004.jpg (d).
Fourteenth to fifteenth century.
Twenty three fragments recovered from binding containing sermons by Jacques de Lausanne (d. 1321), for Sundays following the Feast of Trinity.
Box 3 Folder 15
Size: All approximately 212 x 141 mm (161 x 111 mm).
Description: Written in Latin in two columns on parchment in a Textualis Libraria script. Some red and decorated capitals and red underlining.
Provenance: Restored and donated by Mrs Fleda Meyers. Lost description by Lynn Laufenberg, 1986. Formerly folder 51.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_018_043.jpg (1a); CornellMedMS_018_044.jpg (1b); CornellMedMS_018_001.jpg (2a); CornellMedMS_018_002.jpg (2b); CornellMedMS_018_003.jpg (3a); CornellMedMS_018_004.jpg (3b); CornellMedMS_018_005.jpg (4a); CornellMedMS_018_006.jpg (4b); CornellMedMS_018_007.jpg (5a); CornellMedMS_018_008.jpg (5b); CornellMedMS_018_009.jpg (6a); CornellMedMS_018_010.jpg (6b); CornellMedMS_018_012.jpg (7a); CornellMedMS_018_011.jpg (7b); CornellMedMS_018_013.jpg (8a); CornellMedMS_018_014.jpg (8b); CornellMedMS_018_015.jpg (9a); CornellMedMS_018_016.jpg (9b); CornellMedMS_018_017.jpg (10a); CornellMedMS_018_018.jpg (10b); CornellMedMS_018_020.jpg (11a); CornellMedMS_018_019.jpg (11b); CornellMedMS_018_021.jpg (12a); CornellMedMS_018_022.jpg (12b); CornellMedMS_018_023.jpg (13a); CornellMedMS_018_024.jpg (13b); CornellMedMS_018_025.jpg (14a); CornellMedMS_018_026.jpg (15a); CornellMedMS_018_027.jpg (16a); CornellMedMS_018_028.jpg (16b); CornellMedMS_018_029.jpg (17a); CornellMedMS_018_030.jpg (17b); CornellMedMS_018_031.jpg (18a); CornellMedMS_018_032.jpg (18b); CornellMedMS_018_033.jpg (19a); CornellMedMS_018_034.jpg (19b); CornellMedMS_018_035.jpg (20a); CornellMedMS_018_036.jpg (20b); CornellMedMS_018_037.jpg (21a); CornellMedMS_018_038.jpg (21b); CornellMedMS_018_039.jpg (22a); CornellMedMS_018_040.jpg (22b); CornellMedMS_018_041.jpg (23a); CornellMedMS_018_042.jpg (23b).
Late fourteenth to fifteenth century.
One leaf from Titus Livius, Historiae (Book 3.4-7).
Box 3 Folder 16
Size: 334 x 210 mm (216 x 151 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Semitextualis script. Removed from the binding of a book.
Provenance: Received President White Library, 1891. Lost description by M. Malamud, n.d. Formerly folder u.39.
Late fourteenth to early fifteenth century.
One leaf possibly from an illuminated Psalter including Psalm 19 and decorative line fillers.
Box 3 Folder 17
Size: 263 x 173 mm (185 x 128 mm)
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Northern Textualis Formata (Textus Rotundus). Decorated initials in red, blue, and gold, and unusually ornate line fillers in red, blue and gold.
Provenance: From the Ferrini collection. Formerly folder 65.
Circa 1400, Italy.
Richard of Middleton, commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard with a remark on werewolves. The note at the foot of the text on one leaf contains a quote from Pliny to the effect that no absurdity lacks witnesses among the Greeks (from a passage in the Historia naturalis, book 8 cap. xxii, where he explains the notion of lycanthropy).
Box 4 Folder 27
Size: 2 fragments, 152 x 100 mm and 154 x 98 mm
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a round Gothic, with a note in Humanistic italic minuscule at foot of text on one leaf. Remains of 18-19 lines, roughly half a column of text each from a quarto page with double columns. One initial in red, and rubrication in red and blue. Leaves are very worn (possibly water damaged) with some loss of text.
Provenance:
Fifteenth century.
One bifolium from statute book of a city in Northern Italy, possibly Lucca.
Box 3 Folder 18
Size: 350 x 510/262 mm (226 x 145mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Southern Textualis Formata (Rotunda) script. First folio contains a few late and illegible scrawls and the words “No. 114. The second folio (recto and verso) is a fragment of a law-book/ body of statutes, probably from Lucca. There is some marginal glossing, and the verso contains a red initial and rubric that reads: “viij. De termino instantie cause principalis”.
Provenance: Brought in Lucca, Italy, by George Burr for the President White Library. Formerly 13.2.
Fifteenth century.
One bifolium probably from Aristotle’s Metaphysics, from England.
Box 3 Folder 19
Size: 226 x 315/162 mm (213 x 145 mm)
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a late Textualis Currens script with Secretary influences, highly abbreviated. Containing Tractatus Philosophus. Lower and upper part of leaves have been damaged, some partial stains, and some rubbing of text on inner folios.
Provenance: Gift of George Tyler, ’28. Formerly folder 67.
Early fifteenth-century.
Leaf from Lauda (song) book, from Italy.
Box 4 Folder 1
Size: 214 x 147mm (146 x 90 mm).
Description: Written on paper with no obvious water mark in Italian ottava rima. A single complete paper leaf, single columns written in a Textualis Formata script, in brown ink, ruled in plummet for 26 lines, 2-line initial in red at the beginning of each stanza; slightly faded and soiled, a few marginal losses (not affecting text), b ut entirely legible. A fragment of an unidentified Passion lauda comprising six stanzas in ottava rima. The lauda describes St. Peter’s denial, the trial of Christ before Caiaphas, the crowd’s verdict, the flagellation and the humiliation. The text, based on Matthew’s Gospel account, is presented as Christ’s own prophecy, narrated in the first person and in the future tense. The lauda is written in a literary vernacular which relies on a genre-specific, rather than a place-specific, vocabulary, but a few textual elements point to a mid-Italian origin (broadly Umbria, the March, or perhaps southern Tuscany); see ‘co[n]de[m]pnare’ (verso, line 2) and ‘collor’ (verso, line 8). Red capitals at the beginning of each stanza. Small, faint face illustration on first letter on final line on verso.
Provenance: From the Rosenthal collection. Formerly 001.
1408 (dated 1400 on page [3]).
Will of Margarita de Ballis, of Alcamo, Sicily.
Box 4 Folder 26
Size: 310 x 220 mm (240 x 130 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on laid paper. The last will ("est hec eius ultima voluntas") of Margarita de Ballis, the wife of the Count de Ballis, "[presens copia extratta] ex actis mei not[arii] Francesci ??? de alcamo." In Secretary hand. The de Ballis or de Ballo family, originally from Bologna, settled in Sicily in 1378 and in Alcamo ca. 1400. They built a fortified house in the 15th century which still stands. The watermark on this document, showing a hand with a flower, is common on paper throughout Europe.
Provenance: Acquired in 2015 by Laurent Ferri.
Dated November 1419.
Notarial Act (Codicil to a Will) from Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
Box 4 Folder 2
Size: 137 x 291 mm (99 x 246 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment. Donna Caterina, "vidua domini Antolini de Zonzeto", is leaving her silver girdle to be made into a chalice ("quod fiat mea centura argenti... unus calix argenti") for use in Santa Maria Nuova delle Virtú and Santo Spirito di Consorzio; also, asks that 43 lire due to her by the widow of Messer Antonio Chiochi, shoemaker, be distributed "among poor girls due to be married" (pauperes puellas maritandas"). The public notaries were Giovani Matteo (witness) and Castelino Corno, who signed with his personal device.
Provenance: Acquired in 2013 by Laurent Ferri.
circa 1420.
Leaf from Old French translation of Pseudo-Bonaventure's Stimulus amoris, Northern France.
Box 4 Folder 2a
Size: 206 x 140 mm (146 x 76 mm).
Description: Written in Gothic script on ruled vellum, single column, 30 lines, with decorations. Decorations consist of two pilcrows in gold on pink and blue grounds with white lead penwork.
Provenance: Acquired in 2016 by Laurent Ferri.
ca. 1425 [colophon, 16th century].
Nine Leaves from a Book of Hours (Use of Sarum) Produced in England
Box 4 Folder 2bis
Size: 240 x 170 mm, except last leaf, 190 x 156 mm.
Description: Eight decorated folios + one leaf from an elegant English Book of Hours produced for some (endowed?) chapel in an English church or cathedral (rubrics on other leaves give instructions that the texts be read “sub silentio”)> A sixteenth-century inscription on the endleaf of the volume reads as follows: “Ye shall pray for the saules of Edward Cotterell & Margaret hys wyff, & of Roger, Thomas, John, William, Jane, Amey, Elizabeth, chylderyn of the seid Edwarde & Margaret”.
Provenance: From the Library of Sir Robert Throckmorton (d. 1791; his armorial bookplate was in the volume sold in 2013). Then owned by John Meade Falkner (1858-1932), arms manufacturer and Librarian of Durham cathedral; auctioned by Sotheby's (12-14 December 1932, Lot 211) and acquired by H.R. Creswick (1902-88), Librarian of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, for his personal collection. After 1940 owned by Charles F. Cutts (1871-1949), and then by the Nevada Museum of Art, which sold it "to benefit the collections" (Christie's, 12 June 2013, Sale 1176, Lot 23. The catalog mentions 78+2 leaves bound in one volume).These leaves were eventually acquired in 2015 by Cornell. As of 2016, one other leaf is owned by the University of South Carolina, MS 138, and nine leaves are kept at Emory University, in the Pitts Theological Library, MS 370.
Mid-fifteenth century.
Initial “E” with Adoration of the Magi taken from a choir book, possibly from Germany.
Box 1 Folder 11
Size: 144 x 141 mm (119 x 115 mm).
Description: The burnished gold initial is set in a red field decorated with gold filigree designs. Vestiges of a green foliate border are evident in the upper and left margins. The interior of the letter is filled with a scene of the Adoration of the Magi. In the lower portion, two magi converse while the third kneels before the Virgin and Child sitting on a red bed. Joseph observes from behind a pillow on the left while two of the kings’ attendants hold a discussion on the right. The upper portion of the miniature contains the thatched roof of the manger, tan, conical hills with shepherds tending their flocks, two horsemen, a ploughman, peasants, showing their fields, a town and windmill, and copses of trees. In the pale blue sky are scudding clouds, birds in flight, and three hovering angels. The elegant garb of the Magi, their mincing poses, and the stylized landscape with its vestiges of realism link this miniature with the Internal style circa 1400 in France. However, the rough, sketchy style of painting, the nature of the decoration, and the form of the pointed script on the reverse suggest a German origin for the miniature.
Provenance: Formerly Calkins no. 18; De Ricci II, 1237; folder 08.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_065_001.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_065_002.jpg (b).
Mid-fifteenth century.
Foliate initial “C” from a choir book, from Italy.
Box 1 Folder 12
Size: 124 x 126 mm (112 x 112 mm).
Description: A pink “C” on parchment decorated with white filigree, outlines in red and set against a burnished gold ground. Brilliant blue, green, and pink acanthus sprays emanate from the top and bottom portion of the letter. The tan ground of the initial sets off three luxuriant buds on stalks springing from a clump of varied leaves. Apparently cut from an Italian choir book, probably Lombard. The reverse side contains large gothic script, and square musical notation with red staffs.
Provenance: Obtained in Europe circa 1895 by A. D. White. Formerly Calkins, no. 38; De Ricci, II, p. 1237; folder 07.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_067_001.jpg (a).
Mid-fifteenth century.
Initial “E” with Adoration of the Magi from a choir book, from Northern Italy.
Box 1 Folder 13
Size: 259 x 222 mm (116 x 119 mm).
Description: The letter “E” (116 x 119 mm) is made of thick pink, blue, and green acanthus sprays, while similar foliate decoration, arranged symmetrically, fills the left and bottom margins. The richness of the design, and the form of the curling acanthus is similar to Lombard decoration of the middle of the fifteenth century. This cutting is apparently from a lavishly decorated choir book. Both sides of the fragment contain large gothic script, and square musical notation with red staffs.
Provenance: Obtained in Europe circa 1895 by A. D. White. Formerly Calkins no. 35; De Ricci, II, p. 1237; folder 06.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_066_001.jpg (a).
Fifteenth century.
Document with seal in Middle German.
Box 1 Folder 14
Size: 283/240 x 479 mm (171 x 443 mm).
Description: Document written in Cursiva script in Middle German on vellum. Green wax seal with figure of a saint remains attached on tag.
Provenance: Formerly MS C82.
Fifteenth century.
One bifolium from a Psalter, from Northern Italy.
Box 1 Folder 15
Size: 403 x 279 mm (255 x 190 mm) Four staves: 18.5 mm.
Description: Two leaves (one bifolium) written in Latin on parchment. Twenty one lines of text in two columns. A double folio which begins ‘Adoremus Dominum’ and ends ‘Et percussit inimicos’, containing the first part of Psalm 73 and a portion of the last half of Psalm 77. Initials in red and blue, decorated with pen flourishes. Some square musical notation in four staves on the recto of the first folio.
Provenance: Obtained by A. D. White circa 1895. Formerly folder 02.
Fifteenth century.
Initial “S” from a Gradual from Germany or Bohemia.
Box 1 Folder 16
Size: 181/175 x 191 mm (181/175 x 191 mm).
Description: The letter “S” lavishly decorated with blue acanthus, is set against a burnished gold ground enframed with a red band. Red, blue, and white acanthus sprays curve through the interior of the design. Nude putti cavort among the foliage while a figure reads a book from a pulpit below. An infant figure of Christ holding a crossed orb appears above. High grade Gothic textura script on the verso, with musical notation.
Provenance: Obtained in Munich in 1876 for A. D. White. Formerly folder 03.
Fifteenth century (and later annotations).
Remnant of a Book of Hours, annotated in the following centuries, with eight leaves (including three bifolia) in an eighteenth century binding, from France.
Box 1 Folder 17
Size: Leaves all approximately 160 x 122 mm (99 x 71 mm). Binding: 172 x 122/280 mm.
Description: Remnant of a Book of Hours annotated and augmented in the following centuries, in numerous scripts (including Textualis Formata, Gothico-Antiqua, Hybrida Libraria) and written in Latin and French on parchment. Includes an inscription on the front pastedown dated 1768 naming one of its owners: Jean Hersmulle Duport, doctor of theology (Sorbonne), who taught physics at the Sulpician Grand Seminary of St Irénée, and then became curate of Loire, a village between Lyon and Vienne (until 1791). "Hic libris joannis hersmulle Duport... facultatis parisiensis doctoris theologi.. in ecclesia ligeriensis in diocesi viennensis [Vienne] anno 1768", with eight original leaves from the manuscript, most with added texts. The contents are: 1. one folio numbered 17, with the end of the Gospel lesson of St. Matthew, an inscription in a later hand, and on the verso the capital letters DE LH (the rest blank); 2. one folio with four lines of Latin religious verse in French Humanistic Minuscule script, below which is an erased inscription that can be read in ultraviolet light (naming “Jehan Frenier,” with various place-names: probably Je[h]an Frenier, curé de Saint-Martin de Maulay, near Loudun), the verso blank; 3. six folios from the end of the book, the first being the conclusion of the Suffrages but with the following added: a complete prayer in 90 rhyming couplets of French, beginning “O Iesu roy de tout le monde/En qui toute bonte abonde [Je suis ta pauvre creature/Contemplant ta saincte figure/Se tenant a grands cloux de fer... Helas quel fers, helas quelz cloux/Ils furent forges longs et groux/Pour te faire plus de martyre]” (a variant was printed in 1556 in Fr. Pierre Olivier, Le Mirouer du Chrestien -- Olivier was the spiritual advisor of Marguerite de Navarre -- he revised the Heptaméron), followed by “Les Sept Oraisons de St. Gregoire” complete in seven Latin stanzas; this followed by an inscription, “AU NOM DIEU / AMEN CES HEURES”. This remnant reveals the kinds of texts deemed essential in such books of private devotion but omitted, for whatever reason, from the original commission.
Provenance: Acquired in April 2014 by Laurent Ferri.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_015_006.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_004.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_002.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_008.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_010.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_014.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_012.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_016.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_020.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_019.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_018.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_017.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_015.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_013.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_011.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_007.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_001.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_009.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_003.jpg; CornellMedMS_015_005.jpg.
Mid-fifteenth century.
One account document from England.
Box 4 Folder 3
Size: 255 x 372 mm (232 x 280 mm incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a documentary hand. Document listing money received and disbursed between April and August of 1434.
Provenance: Formerly folder 58.
Mid-fifteenth century.
Two leaves from a Book of Hours from France.
Box 4 Folder 4
Size: 154 x 108 mm (99 x 61 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on fine parchment in a high-grade Textualis Formata (Textus Rotundus) script, from France (probably Paris). Smaller initials in gold leaf on blue and red backgrounds with white filigree. Two large gold leaf “D”s with the same type of background have decorative sprays of gold leaf pods and blue, red, and green flowers emanating from them into the margin. Folio 1 begins “Etenim correxit orbem terre” and ends, “orbi terre vidi et commota”. Folio 2 begins “in equitate et gentes in terra dirigis” and ends, “quoniam iudiicas populous”.
Provenance: Formerly folder 18 (1-2).
ID Number: CornellMedMS_004_004.jpg (1a); CornellMedMS_004_003.jpg (1b); CornellMedMS_004_002.jpg (2a).
Mid-fifteenth century.
Leaf containing Marian prayers in German.
Box 4 Folder 5
Size: 138 x 111 mm (98 x 69 mm).
Description: Prayers to the Virgin written in medieval German on parchment, with headings identifying the specific applications for the prayer, e.g. ‘Eyn gut gebeth zu unser lieber Maria…’. Single column, 34 lines. Foliated 47 (“xlvii.”) in upper margin. Used as a reinforcement in a binding, hence soiled and creased, with offsets in the margin and stitching holes in the center. Two initial O’s in blue, else rubricated in red ink.
Provenance: Acquired 2013 by Laurent Ferri.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_005_001.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_005_002.jpg (b).
Possibly fifteenth century.
Damaged document with very faded script.
Box 4 Folder 6
Size: 232 x 324 mm (124 x 282 mm).
Description: Document on parchment, written in a documentary hand. Script is very faded and illegible, but evidence of raised ascenders on top line.
Provenance: Donated by Fleda Meyers. Formerly e.56.
Possibly fifteenth century.
Fragment taken from a binding.
Box 4 Folder 7
Size: 95 x 310 mm.
Description: Faded, mostly illegible script, probably in a chancery hand.
Provenance: Donated by Fleda Meyers. Formerly b.56.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_012_004.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_012_004darker.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_012_003.jpg (b); CornellMedMS_012_003darker.jpg (b); CornellMedMS_012_002.jpg (c); CornellMedMS_012_002darker.jpg (c); CornellMedMS_012_001.jpg (d); CornellMedMS_012_001darker.jpg (d).
Possibly fifteenth century.
Fragment taken from a binding.
Box 4 Folder 8
Size: 144 x 382 mm (85 x 120 mm incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment. Faded, mostly illegible script, probably a Hybrida script. Ruling and a red capital “Q”.
Provenance: Donated by Fleda Meyers. Formerly c.56.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_013_001.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_013_002.jpg (b, c); CornellMedMS_013_002_darker.jpg (b, c); CornellMedMS_013_003.jpg (d); CornellMedMS_013_003_darker.jp (d).
Possibly fifteenth century.
Fragment from an unidentified book.
Box 4 Folder 9
Size: 129 x 56/35 mm.
Description: Badly damaged parchment fragment from a book removed from a binding. Only small section of faded text remains in a Cursiva script.
Provenance: Formerly folder 56.k.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_007.jpg (a).
Fifteenth century.
Mutilated bifolia from the Speculum Doctrinale by Vincent of Beauvais.
Box 4 Folder 10
Size: 72 x 339/172 mm (65 x 135 mm incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Semitexualis Formata script. Text almost completely rubbed off, but red rubrication and paraphs still clear.
Provenance: Formerly j.56
Fifteenth century.
Three nested bifolia of Statuta criminalia from Lucca, Italy.
Box 4 Folder 11
Size: 362 x 271 mm (212 x 141 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Gothico-Antiqua script. Three bifolia forming most of a quire.
Provenance: Brought in 1888 in Lucca, Italy, by George Burr for the President White Library. De Ricci B62.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_008_002.jpg (1a); CornellMedMS_008_001.jpg (1b); CornellMedMS_008_004.jpg (2a); CornellMedMS_008_003.jpg (2b).
Fifteenth century.
Two fragments from a glossed book.
Box 4 Folder 12
Size: Fragment 1: 122 x 186 mm (94 x 109 mm one column). Fragment 2: 142 x 184 mm.
Description: Two fragments written in Latin on parchment and taken from the same glossed book, probably in a Semitextualis Libraria script. Taken from a binding.
Provenance: Donated by Fleda Meyers. Formerly folder g.56 (1-2).
Fifteenth century.
Fragment from a book taken from a binding.
Box 4 Folder 13
Size: 485 x 191 mm (407 x 177 mm incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin on thick parchment from a large book and written in a Hybrida Formata script.
Provenance: Donated by Fleda Meyers. Formerly h.56.
Fifteenth century.
Fragment from the Codex Justinius, Book VIII.
Box 4 Folder 14
Size: 298/270 x 234 mm (267 x 179 mm incomplete).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Semitextualis Libraria script. Damaged partial leaf of Codex Justinius, Book VIII, probably parts 9-10. Red capitals and rubrication have survived better than the brown ink of the main hand itself, which is very faded.
Provenance: Donated by Fleda Meyers. Formerly i.56.
Probably fifteenth century.
Leaf from a Rabbinic legal commentary, probably from Spain.
Box 4 Folder 15
Size: 393 x 325 mm (263 x 209 mm).
Description: Written in Hebrew on parchment. From a legal commentary text and probably concerning laws of damages. Taken from a binding.
Provenance: Formerly folder O.
Fifteenth century.
Fragment of Isidore’s Etymologies, VIII 5.39-6.3.
Box 4 Folder 16
Size: 282 x 204 mm (244 x 162 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a Gothico-Antiqua script in one writing block with no decoration.
Provenance: Lost descriptions by Mary Wack, May 1978 and Robert Fagueira, June 1976. Formerly folder e.24.
Fifteenth century.
Two leaves from Cicero, Marcus Tulluis, Oratio pro Milano.
Box 4 Folder 17
Size: Leaf 1: 339 x 216 mm (206 x 125 mm). Leaf 2: 338 x 204 mm (207 x 125 mm).
Description: Both leaves are written in Latin on flesh side of parchment only in a Gothico-Antiqua script. Taken from a binding.
Provenance: Restored and donated to Cornell by Mrs Fleda Meyers. Formerly folder f.1.
Fifteenth century.
Leaf from a highly decorated Book of Hours in Dutch, with illuminated initial “H” with crucified Christ.
Box 4 Folder 18
Size: 174 x 125 mm (99 x 64 mm).
Description: Written in Dutch in a Northern Textualis Formata script on parchment. Highly decorated on the recto with illumination of the crucified Christ with Mary, another saint (perhaps Mary Magdalene) and bird pricking its own breast; an angel on the edge of the right margin; and detailed calligraphic pen work.
Provenance: Formerly Ferrini 64.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_009_001.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_009_002.jpg (b).
Fifteenth-century.
Leaf from Italian service book with illustration of St John with Lamb.
Box 4 Folder 19
Size: 318 x 232 mm (214 x 151 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on high-quality parchment in a Textualis Formata (Rotunda). Highly decorated leaf with image of St John with lamb in initial “N” on the recto and an illuminated “L” on the verso. Alternating red and blue initials with decorative pen work and flourishes extending into the marginal and inter-linear space, red rubrication.
Provenance: Formerly Ferrini folder 59 (Z 1).
Mid-fifteenth century.
Two leaves, probably from the same Gradual from Northern Italy, with musical notation and decorated initials.
Mapcase Folder 2
Size: 71 (folio 222): 632 x 451 mm (441 x 320 mm). Four staves: 46.0 mm. 72 (folio 369):630 x 453 mm (436 x 306 mm). Four staves: 46.2 mm.
Description: Both folios written in Latin in a Textualis Formata (Rotunda) script, on vellum. Folio numbered 222 begins “tabor in mandatis tuis”, and ends “consumationis vidi finem latum”. This folio contains on the verso a beautifully painted foliate initial “M” with a green acanthus spray in the margin. There are three other smaller decorated initials. There is square musical notation on red, four line staves. Folio numbered 369 begins “xi alleluia”, and ends “gaudebunt labia mea dum”. An initial “R” on the verso is enclosed in a field of carefully wrought pen scrolls and is accompanied by a semi-naturalistic foliate border with blue flowers. The size, format, ruling, script, and even the numberation of the folios of these two pages appear to be almost identical, suggesting that although the decoration is different, these leaves may be from the same choir book.
Provenance: Obtained in Europe in 1878 by A. D. White. Formerly Calkins no. 32; De Ricci, II, 1236; folders 71 and 72.
Fifteenth century.
Three bifolia from an antiphonary from Northern Italy with musical notation and decorated initials.
Mapcase Folder 3
Size: All approximately 561 x 404 mm (376 x 269 mm). Four staves: 34.5mm.
Description: Three bifolia from an antiphonary with square musical notation on red, 4-line staves. Written in Latin in a high-grade Southern Textualis Formata (Rotunda) script on parchment. Leaves numbered 146 – 151. Red rubrication, and alternating red and blue initials decorated with pen flourishes. Text begins “Agnus coram tondente se” and ends, “Quem terra pontus ethera”, and contains part of the feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin.
Provenance: Obtained in April 1885 for A. D. White from Dotti of Florence. Formerly Calkins, no. 37; De Ricci, II, 1236; and folder 70.
Fifteenth century.
Leaf from a Gradual with musical notation and decorated initials.
Mapcase Folder 4
Size: 478 x 339 mm (391 x 246 mm). Four line staves: 21.5 mm.
Description: Written in Latin in a (Iberian?) Textualis Formata (Rotunda) script. Folio 160 of a parchment gradual. Square notation on red, four line staves. Red rubrication and decorated initials.
Provenance: Gift presented by H. Peter Kahn, March 20, 1991. Formerly folder 74a, Kahn no. 15.
Fifteenth century.
Leaf from a Gradual with musical notation.
Mapcase Folder 5
Size: 545 x 382 mm (362 x 257 mm). Three staves: 22.5 mm.
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a high-grade Southern Textualis Formata (Rotunda) script. From a Gradual, with some square musical notation on red, three-line staves. Alternate red and blue initials, and red rubrication. Text on flesh side quite faded.
Provenance: Gift presented by H. Peter Kahn, March 20, 1991. Brought in Rome. Formerly folder 74b.
Late fifteenth-century.
Fragment from a printed glossed book.
Box 4 Folder 20
Size: 115 x 401mm (302 x 80 mm incomplete).
Description: Heavily glossed book in Latin, printed on parchment.
Provenance: Donated by Fleda Meyers. Formerly d.56.
Ca. 1479-1492.
Historiated border from the Great Choir Book of Ferdinand and Isabella, Castile, Spain.
Mapcase Folder 8
Size: frame 510 x 260 mm (item 381 x 104 mm).
Description: An elaborate historiated border on parchment, including the royal arms of Aragon and Castile surmounted by an eagle with a halo, together with the royal device of a bundle of seven arrows representing Ferdinand and a yoke representing Isabella (Y stood for yugo and for Ysabel and F stood for flechas and for Fernando, but there might also be some gender symbolism). Also present are all kinds of animals climbing through the foliage. This fragment comes from what was once a magnificent manuscript commissioned by Ferdinand of Aragon (1452-1516) and Isabella of Castile (1451-1504), and probably illuminated by Juan de Carrion, who was working in Avila in the 1470s and is mostly remembered for his illumination of the choir books of the cathedral of Avila. Other leaves or fragments of the manuscript were acquired by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, and the Princes of Liechtenstein. In his Spanish Illumination J. Dominguez Bordona calls this manuscript “one of the most sumptuous and artistic series of choirbooks in all Spain.” See also the Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture, vol. 2, p. 547.
Provenance: Acquired in September 2015 by Laurent Ferri.
Ca. 1480.
Folio from a gradual.
Box 4 Folder 28
Size: 282 x 225 mm.
Description: Single folio on vellum, from Eastern France or possibly Germany. Response, Versicle, and Offertory for the Octave of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Seven four-line staves in red (15.5 mm). Decorated with three staff-high initials in yellow wash, else rubricated. Trimmed in lower margin, some discoloration.
Provenance: Acquired circa October 2015 by Laurent Ferri.
1488
Motu proprio by Pope Innocent VIII
Mapcase Folder 5bis
Size: 330 x 190 mm.
Description: Single folio on paper, Rome, dated 7 October "anno quarto" (1487), Latin in italic script. The document is mutilated on the right side with substantial loss of text. The lines "Fiat ut petitx si me videntem. I." and "Fiat ut [remainder torn away]" appear to be written in Pope Innocent VIII's own hand.
Provenance: Acquired circa 1900 by Andrew Dickson White. First line is in a large, narrow script, with decorated initial.
1488
Papal bull signed by Innocent VIII
Mapcase Folder 5bis
Size: 360 x 510 mm.
Description: Single folio on vellum, dated 4 Id. Julii 1488, Latin in italic script, reserving the appointment of the Master of the Spanish order of St. James of Compostela
Provenance: Acquired circa 1900 by Andrew Dickson White. First line is in a large, narrow script, with decorated initial.
Dated 1499.
Bifolium of relic list of St. Thiébaut in Thann, in German.
Box 4 Folder 21
Size: 309 x 101/205 mm (245 x 65 mm).
Description: Complete bifolium on vellum in German. Single column, up to 34 lines, in red ink with occasional elaborate cadels. This unusual document records the re-organization of holy relics at the important medieval collegiate church of St. Thiébaut in Thann (founded 1332). Written in the East Oberdeutsch dialect of German and dated 1499, this complete text describes a transfer of saints’ relics in 1458, as overseen by the lay brothers Johannes Schürer, Michael Feyrlin, and Conrad Weyssman. The relics were removed from monstrances and organized in a reliquary, here called a Tafel, and therefore probably a box with cells carved from porphyry. When relocated, the relics were situated in individual cells given coordinates identified in our manuscript. Among a list of fourteen bones, two teeth, three pieces of fabric, and three splinters from the True Cross, is the tooth of the exceptionally rare Saint Aurelia. She accompanied Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins down the Rhine, but staying behind at Strasbourg due to illness, she missed the chance for martyrdom. The relics listed in this text include cloth from the Virgin’s robe and a tooth of Thann’s patron saint, Thiébaut. Faded mid seventeenth-century notes at the end of the text have not yet been deciphered.
Provenance: Acquired by Laurent Ferri in 2013.
Late fifteenth century to early sixteenth century.
Initial “B” with blue vine detail.
Box 1 Folder 18
Size: 102 x 111 mm (75 x 73 mm).
Description: Illuminated initial “B” from a music manuscript with 4-line staves. Shape of “B” has been pricked into the manuscript prior to painting. The initial “B” is in gold, and surrounded by blue vines and enclosed by a red border.
Provenance: Formerly folder 10.1
ID Number: CornellMedMS_073_001.jpg (a).
Late fifteenth century to early sixteenth century.
Initial “E” with grapes and flowers, from Italy.
Box 1 Folder 19
Size: 82 x 84 mm (73 x 73 mm).
Description: Illuminated initial “E” from a music manuscript with 4-line staves. The gold initial “E” is decorated with grapes and blue and red flower details.
Provenance: Formerly folder 10.2
ID Number: CornellMedMS_072_001.jpg (a); CornellMedMS_072_002.jpg (b).
Early sixteenth century.
Illumination from a choir book featuring illustration of St. Peter and assembled saints, from Italy.
Box 1 Folder 20
Size: 207 x 182 mm (207 x 182 mm).
Description: In this illustration cut from a large choir book, St. Peter is shown in the center of the composition holding a key. Flanking him are St. Jerome and St. John the Baptist on the left, and St. Catherine and St. Lawrence on the right. Behind, a row of saints without attributes lead a host of other saints indicated by a further row of halos.
Provenance: Obtained in Europe, circa 1895, by A. D. White. Formerly Calkins, no. 51; De Ricci, II, 1237, B. 49; folder 05.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_071_001.jpg (a).
Early sixteenth century.
Leaf from an antiphonal for Good Friday, made in Saragossa, Spain, with intricate initials. Tiny pinpricks in both the regular and elegant "N" and "O" reveal that a compass was used.
Box 1 Folder 22
Size: 490 x 326 mm.
Description: .
Provenance: Acquired by Laurent Ferri in December 2014.
Late fifteenth century to early sixteenth century.
Illuminated vellum manuscript leaf from a book of hours.
Box 1 Folder 23
Size: 203 X 140mm.
Description: Page from a book of hours, the recto with a (later inserted) miniature painting (measuring approximately 90 X 61 mm) representing a kneeling nun, probably the patron who commissioned the book, introduced to the Virgin Mary by her patron saint. On the frame, one can read "S. A. BOURDEREUL"; on the verso, text with a full border of rinceaux, including gold ivy leaves on hairline stems as well as floral buds and acanthus leaves.
Provenance: Acquired in 2015 by Virginia Cole and Laurent Ferri
Dated 10th February 1503.
Bound document of a conveyance of a piece of olive grove near Cordoba (Spain), in Spanish.
Box 4 Folder 22
Size: 275 x 210 mm (204 x 155 mm).
Description: Written in Spanish on parchment in a Cursiva script. Four leaves (two bound bifolia), approximately 35 lines per page; a few later annotations; stitched; some light soiling, sometime folded, modern summary in pencil on blank verso of final leaf, but generally in very good condition. A conveyance by Fernando Paez, son of Garcia Paez, and Ines del Cana Veral, wife of Fernando, citizens of Cordoba in the precinct of San Miguel, to Fernando, son of Fernando de Ecija, citizen of Cordoba, of a piece of olive grove near Cordoba in the district called Arroyo de los Peñas, for 16,000 marks. Notarially attested by Luis de Mesa, notary public of Cordoba. At the end (ff. 3v-4r) is a notarial certificate dated 14 Februrary 1503, of delivery of possession in the presence of Luis de Mesa and witnesses.
Provenance: Acquired in Jan. 2014 by Laurent Ferri.
Sixteenth century.
Initial “S” with flowers and initial “Q” with landscape, from Italy.
Box 1 Folder 21
Size: “S”: 62 x 62 mm. “Q”: 62/73 x 62 mm.
Description: Two gold decorated initials of “S” and “Q” probably from the same music manuscript with 4-line staves from Italy. The “S” initial is surrounded with red, pink, and yellow flower details. The “Q” initial contains a miniature landscape illustration in the bowl of the “Q”, with white-pink flowers in the bordering space. Both the “S” and “Q” initials have a border in gold.
Provenance: Formerly folders 10.3 and 10.4.
ID Number: CornellMedMS_070_001.jpg (a, a); CornellMedMS_070_002.jpg (b, b).
Sixteenth century.
Leaf from a Gradual with musical notation and initials decorated with human faces.
Mapcase Folder 7
Size: 519 x 370 mm (420 x 255 mm). Seven staves: 33 mm.
Description: From Italy. Written in Latin on parchment in Gothic script. From a Gradual, with square musical notation on red, four-line staves. Two large initials, each decorated with the face of a man (one young and bearded, the other older and clean-shaven), and red rubrication. Text on hair side is somewhat faded.
Provenance: Purchased in 2014.
1525
Single leaf from a Spanish Antiphonal (Santiago da Compostella, Spain)
Mapcase Folder 6
Size: 620 x 420 mm (530 x 340 mm). Six staves: 105 mm.
Description: Written in Latin on parchment. One leaf with text from the first antiphon for the Office of Vespers on the feast of All Saints. Decoration: an immense initial O measuring 170 x 175 mm in red and blue “puzzle” style infilled with impressively intricate pen work swirls within eight sections alternating in red and purple inks, all highlighted in contrasting colors. These same pen-work features, in the same colors, fill a dense border of "Moorish strap work" design on three sides.
Provenance: Acquired in July 2014 by Laurent Ferri.
Dated 1596.
Two bound leaves of a chirograph concerning the exchange of two watermills near Oxford.
Box 4 Folder 23
Size: Leaf 1: 105 x 315 mm (67 x 203 mm). Leaf 2: 107 x 334 mm (78 x 309 mm).
Description: Written in Latin on parchment in a late Cursiva Formata script. Two leaves are corded together and contain the same text. Typical of a chirograph, the top of the leaves have a wavy cut.
Provenance: Formerly folder q.54.1-2.
Probably late medieval parchment.
Fragment from the bottom border of a medieval book with a number of later hands.
Box 4 Folder 24
Size: 414/111 x 526 mm.
Description: Remainder of a decorated initial evident at top of fragment, and evidence of pricking and ruling, but body of page cut away. Later eighteenth-/ nineteenth-century hands at bottom of page.
Provenance: Donated by Fleda Meyers. Formerly folder 56.a