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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. This leaf contains prayers and litany ("...matris in saeculo matus.../...Sanctae Agapitae oremus..."). 2 columns of...

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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 15.300, he also owned two other leaves from the same manuscript.

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

French, Medieval (Gothic), late 13th century

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

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Medium or Technique

Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment




Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts