Passio s[an]c[t]i Blasii ... [etc.] [manuscript].

Other Title:
Historia et orationes pro Sancto Blasio.
[Italy, 12--]
8 leaves : parchment, col. ill., music ; 334 x 210 (211-238 x 138) mm. bound to 344 x 218 mm.
Blaise, Saint, d. 316.
Catholic Church -- Liturgy -- Texts.
Christian saints -- Biography -- Early works to 1800.
Gregorian chants -- Manuscripts.
Gregorian chant.
Manuscripts, Latin -- 13th century.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
An account of the martyrdom of Saint Blaise, bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, followed by readings and chants for a Mass of Saint Blaise. Additional texts, probably in different hands, at the end of the manuscript are mostly for baptisms, but also include one group of prayers for vestments and two rough sketches of Guidonian hands. A 17th-century (?) inscription on the last leaf, which probably served as the cover for this gathering folded in half, reads Historia et orationes pro Sancto Blasio (f. 8v).
1. f.1r-4v: Passio sancti Blasii.
2. f.4v-5v: [Mass of St. Blaise]
3. f.6r-8r: [Liturgical texts for baptisms and prayers for vestments]
4. f.8v: [Guidonian hand diagrams]
Ms. codex.
Title for manuscript from caption title for predominant work (f. 1r).
Collation: Parchment, ii (modern parchment) + 8 + ii (modern parchment); 1⁸.
Layout: Written in 2 columns (f. 1-7) of 32 lines (f. 1-5); frame-ruled in lead (f. 1-5), faint ink (f. 6), and drypoint (f. 7); prickings visible.
Script: Written in rounded Gothic script, largely by one hand (f. 1-5), with additions at the end possibly by other hands.
Decoration: Drawing in brown and red ink of Blaise as a bishop (f. 1r); 2 Guidonian hand diagrams sketched in ink (f. 8v); 4-line zoomorphic initial on a red ground (f. 1r); ornamental initials, 2 to 4 lines in height, in green-brown ink (f. 6v-7v); 2-line initials and single lines in chant in red (f. 4v-6r); rubrics in red and capitals touched in red (f. 1r-6r).
Music: Contains chants notated with neumes in brown ink positioned relative to a single red line (f. 4v-6r) and neumes without lines (f. 7v-8r).
Binding: Late 19th- or early 20th-century morocco by Riviere & Son (London).
Origin: Written in Italy in the 13th century.
Local notes:
Lawrence J. Schoenberg & Barbara Brizdle Manuscript Initiative.
Penn Provenance:
Appears in Maggs Bros. cat. 542 (1930), no. 53.
Sold by Dawson's Book Shop (Los Angeles, Calif.) to Albert Elkus of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sept. 1933.
Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 19 June 2001, lot 32, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.
Gift of Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2010.
Cited in:
Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 33 (LJS 418).
Cited as:
UPenn Oversize LJS 418
Schoenberg, Lawrence J., former owner.
Catholic Church. Mass, St. Blaise (Pre-Vatican II)
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