MS. Lat. liturg. e. 42
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
For the chapel of St. George in the church of Santo Stefano at Biella, prov. Novara, Northern Italy. A detailed description and analysis of this MS. was published by L. Eizenhofer, O.S.B., ‘Missale Bugellense (Codex Lowe). Ein Votiv-Vollmissale des XIV./XV. Jahrhunderts aus Biella in Oberitalian’, Traditio 17 (1961), 371–425, and Taf.1–4 (plates of fol.4, 51, 137v, 143). The principal contents are:
Added 16th-cent., with square notation on four-line red staves
Damaged at the fore-edge.
Credo with music
Trope for St. Stephen with music
Three 3-part motets, with square notation on staves of 6 red lines. The settings are of: Ave vivens hostia; Dulcis Ihesu memoria combined with Ihesu nostra redemptio; O crux admirabilis combined with Cruci truci domini. Fols. 6v–7 contained a further setting later erased and written over. For an edition and facsimile see A. Gallo, ‘Mottetti del primo Trecento in un messale di Biella (Codice Lowe), in L'Ars Nova italiana del Trecento III, Certaldo, 1970, pp.223–245
Order and Canon of Mass
Votive masses(mostly without notation)
Long lines apart from fol.3v–6, mostly 18 lines in hand (a), 16–17 lines in (b). Ruled in faint leadpoint with 19 lines per page (18 on fols. 128–139); single vertical bounding lines; ; the music sections ruled in ink, the ruled space of varying size.
Round gothic script; in two main hands: (a) fol.1v–6, 7v–127v, 142v(?), 143; (b) fol.128–139
Good initial. Penwork initials.
One painted foliate initial in pink, red, blue, green, and yellow, at the start of the Canon of the Mass (fol. 19r). One-and two-line initials alternately in red flourished in blue, or vice versa; or plain red. The section written by the second scribe (fols. 128–139) mostly with red initials with simple brown decoration; the first initial with a human head (fol. 128r).
Headings in red, capitals touched in brownish yellow.
Sewn on three cords and bound in 20th-cent. plain Italian parchment over thin pasteboards; the spine lettered in black 'MISSALE'.
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Iste liber est capelle sancti ⟨Ge⟩orgii site in ecclesia sancti Stephani de Buge⟨lla⟩ ’ (fol.143, in red, 14th cent.)
‘Presbiter et cappellanus est Mattheus de Curttibus(?) de [Bug…?]’ (fol. 143, 15th cent. (?))
‘Iste liber est capelle sancti Georgi site in eglexia sancti Stephani [de] Bugella’ (fol. 143, 14th–15th cent.)
Front pastedown: ‘E.A. Lowe purchased at Turin July 1939’
Last Substantive Revision
2017-07-01: First online publication.