MS. Lat. liturg. f. 23
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
Calendar, in brown and red, most feasts graded with iii or ix lessons, or as duplex; duplex feasts in red include the dedication of St. Peter's, Joinville (21 Apr.); the dedication of St. John's, Besançon (5 May); Ferreolus and Ferrutio, principal patrons of Besançon (16 June); 'Nota quod dominica proxima ante festum sancti martini [10 Nov.] semper celebratur invencio sanctorum epyphani et ysidori', whose relics were at Besançon; and duplex feasts in brown include the invention of Ferreolus and Ferrutio (5 Sept.); Epiphanius and Isidorus (4 Aug.); and the dedication of St. Stephen's, Besançon (3 Oct.); the translation of Ferreolus and Ferrutio also appears, a nine-lesson feast (30 May).
Te deum, Benedicite, Benedictus, and magnificat.
Litany and collects: the Litany including Benignus, Ferreolus, Ferrutio, Antidius (Bishop of Besançon) (2–5) among 21 martyrs; and Walbert last among 14 confessors.
General rubrics in the form of thirty five regulae
Office of Our Lady from Advent to Christmas, fol. 75r-v is ruled, otehrwise blank.
Temporale, winter part, from Advent to Holy Saturday
Sanctorale, from the feast of St. Andrew (30th Nov.) to the Annunciation (25th March)
Temporale, summer part, from the vespers of Holy Saturday to the end
Sanctorale, from the feast of St. Ambrose (4 April) to that of St. Linus (26 Nov.); including the feasts of the dedication of the church 'sancte matris' of Besançon, with octave (from fol. 243r); the translation of Ferreolus and Ferrutio (from fol. 247r); etc.; fol. 362v ruled, otherwise blank.
Ruled in red ink, with 32 lines in two columns, the top pair and bottom pair ruled the full width of the page; the columns with single bounding lines extending the full height of the page. 31 lines of text.
Written in a small neat rather cursive gothic hand, by probably two scribes: the script becomes dramatically slanted in the second half of the volume, and it is very probable that a second scribe started at about quire XXVII (the second style of catchwords are present from quire XXVIII), at first emulating the first scribe closely, and then becoming progressively less like him; the first scribe is also responsible for the final two quires, containing the Common of saints. The first (or a third) scribe also appears to have (re-?)written the central bifolium of one of the second scribe's quires (fols. 246–247).
Headings in red, capitals touched with yellow.
Five-line 'puzzle' initials in red and blue at the start of Psalm 1 (fol. 1r) and the first lesson of Christmas Day (fol. 92r).
Similar 'puzzle' initials to the divisions of the Psalms, the first three three-line, the remainder four-line (fols. 10r, 16r, 22r, 28r, 35r, 41v, 49r).
One-, two- or three- or four-line initials alternately in plain red or blue; simple line-fillers in the Litany.
Sewn on four bands and tightly bound in rigid pasteboards (presumably replacing wood boards), covered with original French blind-stamped calf; traces of two clasps at the fore-edge of the upper board, with corresponding holes in the middle of lower board and pastedown; rebacked and repaired; the spine with an 18th(?)-cent. paper label inscribed 'Brev[i]a[ri]um Romanum | Man[u] Sc[r]iptum anno 1423'. The lower pastedown has an offset of an inscription of fol. i recto, and fol. i has worm holes, and a hole caused by the clasp-fitting, matching those in the lower pastedown, suggesting that fol. i was formerly at the back of the volume.
Provenance and Acquisition
Saints in the calendar, litany, sanctorale, and later owners, demonstrate that the book was made for use in Besançon.
In the calendar are the dedications ‘s. Petri Iunceville’ (Joinville, 22nd April), ‘s. Johannis Bis[untiae]’ (5 May), and ‘s. Stephani Bis[untiae]’ (3 Oct.).
'Anthonius Bercin canonicus Bisuntinus est huius libri dominus' (fol. i), 'Idem dono dedit Antonio Monrivello quarta mensis maij anno xvc xx iij' (fol. i), 'Monrivellus canonicus Bisuntinus' (fol. 376v)
'I.F.W.' booklabel printed in large type
Unidentified bookseller, perhaps Thorpe: the top right corner of the upper pastedown inscribed in pencil with a bookseller's price-code.
Bought by the Bodleian, 1931.
Last Substantive Revision
2017-07-01: First online publication.