User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Leaf from a Breviary

Start collecting

One of three codicologically unrelated leaves from a breviary, a liturgical book comprising hymns, psalms, readings, anthems, and other prayers for the reading of the Daily Office. 2 columns of 28 text lines or 9 staves in Latin. Bounding lines very light plummet, full length to upper edge....

Show Full Description


Prior to 1915, with Quaritch [see note 1]; sold by Quaritch through Edward Waldo Forbes (1873 - 1969) and purchased by Dr. Denman Waldo Ross (1853 - 1935), Cambridge, MA [see note 2]; 1915, gift of Denman Waldo Ross. (Accession date: March 4, 1915) NOTES: [1] Most probably, Bernard Quaritch (1819-1899), a bookseller and collector in London, England. He founded his company, Bernard Quaritch, Ltd., in 1847. Following his death in 1899, the company was inherited by his son. [2] Forbes was the Director of the Fogg Museum at Harvard University. In addition to MFA leaves 15.300 and 15.301, he also owned two other leaves from the same manuscript.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection

French, Medieval (Gothic), late 13th century

Place of Manufacture



Overall (page dimensions): 20 x 13.8 cm (7 7/8 x 5 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment




Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts