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Ferial Psalter and Hymnal (Franciscan Use)

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Ferial psalter (a collection of Psalms for daily use) and hymnal written for Franciscan use, with 190 folios (ff.): ff.1-128: Ferial psalter ff. 129-190: Hymnal (Temporale, Sanctorale, Commons) 1 column of 14 text lines in Latin, 5 staves of music. Bounding lines blind or light plummet,...

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Rubric on f.1 refers to Padua and provides date of 1475 for this manuscript : "Ad homorem omnipotentis dei et beatae marie virginis et beati francisci. Incipit psalterium nocturnum cum humnario Anno domini Mccccolxxv [1475].../ Primo die quo trinitas beata mundum condidit.../...fidelibus audi precantem. Didacum amen./ Restauravit F[ratus] Carolus Padovino Prov[incia]e Ref. Rozane Anno domini m[effaced]." The inscription at the end of the manuscript states that it was repaired by one Brother Carolus of Padua in 1504 or 1514 (the date is faded). The 16th-century inscription on f. 191v is illegible.


By 1929, Denman W. Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA; 1929, gift of Denman W. Ross. (Accession date: March 7, 1929)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Italian (Padua), Medieval (Late Gothic)/early Renaissance, 1475

Place of Manufacture

Padua, Italy


Overall (page dimensions): 56.5 x 41 cm (22 1/4 x 16 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera and ink with gold on parchment; bindings of calfskin over boards and bronze cornerpieces




Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts