A girdle book calendar consisting of ten single leaves sewn together at lower margin, attached to silver holder with six carnelian beads. Typical liturgical calendar format, having 28 to 31 text lines (one month per recto), in Latin. Written in a Current Gothic bookhand in brown ink with red...
A girdle book calendar consisting of ten single leaves sewn together at lower margin, attached to silver holder with six carnelian beads. Typical liturgical calendar format, having 28 to 31 text lines (one month per recto), in Latin. Written in a Current Gothic bookhand in brown ink with red rubrics, with astrological entries also in red. "KL"s in solid red. Each month begins with 1 - 3 prefacatory lines, alternating red and brown. Line one is astronomical, line 2 is the Egyptian Day verse [referring to the "Egyptian" days in some months, based on the ancient Egyptian calendar], and line 3 is the number of solar and lunar days. Egyptian days described in the verses are usually indicated in the calendar itself, along with astrological comments and solstices. Egyptian Day verses: (The months of January and February and the verse for December are lacking in the present manuscript) Mars in primam finalis Quarta secundam In decimo prima est undeno undeciam [ ] Aprilis Tertius in maio sextam pede septima denam In decimo sextam iunius quindenaque quartam Tridecimo undenam iulius pede denus eandem Augusti primam est per septem sive secundam Tertia septembris pars le[ ] pede quartam Tertius octobris quintam decimam pede nonam Octavia quintam novembris pede tertiam quintam The calendar includes many Northern Spanish and Southern French saints: of note are Emetherus and Celedonius (3 March), Prudentius, Bishop of Tarazona, Aragon (28 April), Isidor of Seville (4 April), Martialis, Bishop of Limousin (30 June), Salvus (10 September), Scisclus and Victoria (17 November) and Leocadia (9 December).
By 1909, Albert Figdor (b. 1843 - d. 1927), Vienna [see note 1]; June 14-15, 1932, Figdor and others sale, Gilhofer and Ranschburg, Lucerne, lot 599, sold for 180 fr. 1946, Blumka Gallery, New York; 1946, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $400. (Accession Date: June 13, 1946) NOTES:  See Ernst von Basserman-Jordan, Der Schmuck (Leipzig, Klinkhardt und Biermann, 1909), p. 88, fig. 100.
Helen and Alice Colburn Fund
Northeastern Spanish or Southwestern French, Medieval (Gothic), about 1300–50
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Overall (open page dimensions): 6 x 4.5 cm (2 3/8 x 1 3/4 in.)
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Ink on parchment, silver handle with six carnelian beads