MS. Add. A. 188
Summary Catalogue no.: 29157
Red leather on boards, with stamped gold ornament, German, 17th century.
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)
MS. Add. A. 188 - Part 1 (fols. i, 168)
Fine miniatures (blank on the back). Closely related to Vienna, Nat. Bibl., Cod. 2063 and a large group of MSS. (P&A ii. 122, pl. XII)
fol. i miniature: ecclesiastical trial. At left a bishop, enthroned, in red robe and mitre, and another prostrate, touching his feet, in blue robe and mitre. A third bishop and four tonsured clerics, one holding a book, stand in front. At right, a lawyer, seated, with a book on the desk. In front of him desks with seated students, some tonsured, with papers spread on desks. Below the miniature is a long narrow panel, showing two scribes writing at desks, and three figures seating in a circle, one holding a scroll. Two of the figures wear mitres and one a lawyer's black cap. Rocks and a tree in the background.
(fol. 168r) initial R, border: part of a page with border and initial. Initial is infilled with half-figure of a young man in green robe. Border: seated figure, with halo, holding a disk, surrounded by two half-figures of bearded elderly men with halos; a young man with halo, holding a bird on his hand; fragments of standing figures; rocks and trees in the background.
MS. Add. A. 188 - Part 2 (fols. 1-167)
In addition to the epistles and gospels there are the opening words and musical cues of the introit, gradual, Alleluia versicle or tractus, offertory and sometimes also of the communion antiphon: temporale (fol. 1) with the Exultet on music and the complete baptismal rite on Holy Saturday (fol. 75v); sanctorale (fol. 136v), beginning with St. Lucia, and with the blessing of the candles (fol. 138); common of the saints (fol. 156v). In the temporale, from Easter to the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, the volume has been made into a noted missal by contemporary marginal additions (fols. 82v-117v).
Adiastematic German neums. In the passions (fol. 54) the parts are indicated by a, c and t.
Good initial. (P&A i. 55)
Provenance and Acquisition
Regular canons of St Mary and St James (Lahneck near Koblenz, moved to Mayen in 1326), 15th century: 'Notum sit omnibus presens scriptum visuris in perpetuum quod iste liber est ecclesie sancte Marie virginis sanctique Iacobi apostoli Lunecke quem si quis furto detraxerit' (fol.167v). On the same fol.: 1326. 'Hic liber cum caeteri Maioniam [Mayen] translatus sub Baldewino archiepiscopo.'
Bought on 29 Oct. 1879 from Thomas Boone of London for £10.