[Processional [manuscript] : Dominican use].

Catholic Church.
[France, between 1500 and 1550?]
155 leaves : parchment, music ; 140 x 97 (92 x 56) mm. bound to 149 x 112 mm.
Catholic Church -- Liturgy -- Texts.
Catholic Church -- Prayers and devotions -- Early works to 1800.
Dominicans -- Liturgy.
Dominican sisters.
Monastic and religious life of women -- Liturgy.
Processionals (Liturgical books) -- Specimens.
Gregorian chants -- Manuscripts.
Music -- Manuscripts.
Gregorian chant.
Service books (religious texts)
Manuscripts, Latin -- 16th century.
Manuscripts, French -- 16th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Latin, with some rubrics and directions in French.
A selection of texts and chants for use in a French Dominican convent, including the service for after the death and at the burial of a member of the order, and the processions for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, the Ascension, Corpus Christi, the Assumption, and the Purification. The procession for Maundy Thursday is the distinctively Dominican observance of Washing of the Altars, in this case dedicated to the Trinity, Saint Dominic, Saint Margaret, the Virgin Mary, the Holy Cross, the Eucharist, and all saints. Liturgical directions in French refer to the women of the order and the Latin liturgical texts provide both feminine and masculine forms. The chant is in square notation on a 4-line staff. Notated text has been added in a later hand to the first and last leaves (f. 1v, 153r-154r) and informal notes in French also appear on the first leaf.
1. f.1r-59r: [Officium post obitum Sororis, Officium sepulturae defunctae Sororis]
2. f.60r-73r: In die palmarum ad processionem.
3. f.73r-103r: In cena Domini in ablutione altarium.
4. f.103r-108r: In Parasceve.
5. f.108r-111v: In die [?] Pasche.
6. f.111v-117r: In die Ascentionis Domini ad processionem.
7. f.117r-120v: In die sacramenti ad processionem.
8. f.120v-125r: In festo beati Dominici ad processionem.
9. f.125r-131v: In Assumptione beate Marie virginis ad processionem.
10. f.131v-139r: In Purificatione beate Marie.
11. f.139r-153r: [Penitential Psalms]
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Collation: Parchment, i (paper) + i + 154 + i (paper); 1⁸ (-1) 2⁸ 3⁶ 4-7⁸ 8⁸ (-8) 9-19⁸ 20⁸ (-8); remnants of signatures with letter and leaf number, mostly trimmed, lower right recto; one vertical catchword on the last verso of gathering 6 (f. 45v); modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in 15 long lines and frame-ruled in red ink, or in 5 lines of music with text with bounding lines in red ink; prickings for every other line of text visible on the outer edge of many leaves.
Script: Written in a hybrid script (larger for liturgical texts, smaller for liturgical directions) and a Gothic script (chant texts).
Decoration: Rubrics in red; 1-line initials alternately in red and blue; 2-line initials (or one line each chant and text) alternately in red and blue, sometimes with additional flourishes in chant texts; strapwork initials in brown ink for lines of chant and text with acanthus decoration in light brown ink (one infilled with a face in profile (f. 90v).
Binding: 16th-century leather, possibly original; covers with a gilt center ornament and blind stamped borders; remnants of two brass fasteners; rebacked (Les Enluminures).
Origin: Written in France, probably between 1500 and 1550 (Les Enluminures).
Local notes:
Lawrence J. Schoenberg & Barbara Brizdle Manuscript Initiative.
Penn Provenance:
Formerly owned by Sr. Maria de Bouron (signature, f. [ii]r), 17th century?
Formerly owned by Athelstan Riley (signature inside upper cover with date 1886, bookplate f. [i]r).
Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 13 Dec. 1965 (lot 203).
Sold by Les Enluminures (Paris and Chicago), 2008.
Cited as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1229
Riley, Athelstan, 1858-1945, former owner.
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