[Prayer book and processional] [manuscript].

Catholic Church.
Other Title:
Rituale praedicatorum
[Germany, ca. 1450]
205 leaves : parchment, col. ill., music ; 93 x 70 mm. bound to 100 x 77 mm.
Mary Magdalene, Saint -- Art.
Catholic Church -- Prayers and devotions -- Early works to 1800.
Catholic Church -- Liturgy -- Texts.
Illumination of books and manuscripts -- Specimens.
Gregorian chants.
Monastic and religious life of women -- Liturgy.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Manuscripts, Latin -- 15th century.
Latin, with a few leaves in German.
Seven penitential psalms, litanies, vigilia mortuorum, antiphons; chants for Palm Sunday through Easter (f. 132-181); prayers (in a later hand, in margin), e.g., S. Anna Catharina Hellermans, ora pro me; prayer in German (f. 181v-182r); chants for the Ascension and Purification.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger; other title, Rituale praedicatorum, from Zacour-Hirsch Catalogue.
Foliation: Parchment, i (paper) + 205 + v (paper); [1-205]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in 12-14 long lines, with musical notation written in 5 long lines; some pages ruled in ink; some prickings visible.
Script: Written in a Gothic script by several hands, with marginal notations and later additions, including a few leaves of music in a later hand, and the beginning of the Gospel according to John in a later cursive hand on paper endleaves.
Decoration: Historiated initial D with woman and angel with gold illuminated halos, identified by Debra Taylor Cashion as the Ecstasy of Mary Magdalene (f. 1r). Large decorated initial D in blue and red (f. 22r); face in brown initial (f. 184r), decorated initials in red and undecorated initials in blue throughout manuscript.
Binding: 18th-century German calf, with 1 clasp intact, detached clasp stored with manuscript in mylar sleeve.
Origin: Written in the Rhineland (Zacour-Hirsch), perhaps in Cologne (Cashion, Leaves of Gold), ca. 1450 (Zacour-Hirsch).
Musical notation: 4-line staves in red ink; square notes; a few leaves of musical notation in brown ink (staves and notes) in a later hand.
Incipit: Domine ne in furore [Ps. 6].
Imperfect; leaves between f. 10-11, 50-51, 118-119 known to be wanting.
Volume appears to have been in use in a women's monastic community, names of nuns written on several leaves (f. 93v-94r, 125v-126r).
Penn Provenance:
Unidentified signature on paper endleaf at the beginning.
Sold by Anton Düssel, 1949.
Cited in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 3 (Ms. Latin 9).
Described in Leaves of Gold: Manuscript Illumination from Philadelphia Collections (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2001), no. 41 (pp. 123-125).
Cited as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 141
Bible. N.T. John.
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