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Leaf from a Breviary

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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....

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Provenance

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 15.299 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

France

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

15.300

Medium or Technique

Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts