Christ Church MS. 689
Missal, probably Use of Rome; Italy (north-west), s. xv2/4
An unidentified sequence (acephalous).
Portions of the masses for Septuagesima and Sexagesima, ed. Missale Romanum (Rome, 1909), 53-55.
Portions of the masses for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Passion Week, ed. Missale, 127-28, 130-31.
This fragment is described on the ChCh Music Catalogue; warm thanks go to John Milsom for his assistance.
In double columns, each column 194 × 65 mm., with 15mm between columns, in 30 lines to the column, equivalent to ten noted staves.
No signs of pricking, bounded and ruled in stylus or reddish-brown ink (staves ruled in red).
Written in gothic textura rotunda with tall final s.
Punctuation by point, punctus elevatus, and punctus interrogativus.
Staves ruled in red.
Headings in red. Alternate two- or three-line red and blue lombardic capitals with flourishing of the other colour. In prose sections, the text is divided by red-slashed capitals, with red instructions for responsive reading interlined.
Vellum over stiff board, s. xx. Sewn on three thongs. Modern parchment pastedowns, and modern parchment bifolia at the front and at the rear.
Provenance and Acquisition
Donated about 1990 by Paul Lewis, a classics BA in 1960 and later an educator and chaplain; at the time of his donation, he said that he bought the leaves at auction in Geneva.
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