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Diurnal, 1400 - 1499

Identifier: Gordan MS 22


Table of contents: Three unidentified capitula lacking first initial and rubrication; Three capitula, one each for: prime at feasts during Advent, Quadragesima, Sundays, and the Vigil of the Nativity; feasts outside of Advent and Quadragesima; and private feasts; Prayers and antiphons for Prime for these feasts; a capitulum for other feasts during the week; a capitulum for miscellaneous Sundays, followed by more prayers and antiphons; Psalms and antiphons for Prime, Monday through Saturday; Prime for the Office of the Virgin; Psalms and antiphons for Terce, Sext, and None during Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday-Saturday; Psalms, responses, and antiphons for Vespers Sunday-Saturday; Antiphons, for the Feasts of the Virgin, Martyrs, One Martyr, Confessors, and Virgins; Antiphons, for the Magnificat at first and second Vespers, antiphons and psalms for Vespers by cue for the following feasts: Common of Apostles, Martyrs, One Martyr, Confessors, and Virgins


  • Creation: 1400 - 1499


1 volumes

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Probably written in Germany in the 15th century. In the collection of Leander van Ess, of Darmstadt; obtained in 1824 by Sir Thomas Phillipps (Phillipps number 542 on front cover under Balken bookplate; his Middle Hill stamp on front flyleaf); his sale (London, 1910, n. 265, catalogue entry glued to front cover) to Tregaskis; Edward Duff Balken collection (bookplate), Pittsburgh. Obtained from Maggs (Cat. 542, 1930, n. 206) by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate, census no. in lead).

Other related names

  1. van, Ess, Leander, of Darmstadt, former owner
  2. Phillipps, Sir Thomas, former owner
  3. Tregaskis, bookseller
  4. Balken, Edward Duff, Pittsburgh, former owner
  5. Maggs Bros. Ltd., bookseller
  6. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, former owner
  7. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, donor
  8. Gordan, Phyllis Goodhart, owner
  9. Gordan, John Dozier Jr., owner

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Howard Lehman Goodhart to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

Physical Description

Parchment support (thick and either rough or furry) f. i (contemporary parchment) + 72 + i (contemporary parchment).

Contemporary brown leather stamped with circular stamps containing roses, fleur de lys, and crowns in a diamond pattern over wood boards with a brass clasp on the back board and traces of a clasp on the front; remains of a leather strap visible. Spine cracked and worn.

139 x 97 (98 x 63) mm.

Written in 16 ruled lines with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines in ink. Occasional prickings visible in margins.

Gothic textualis script, written by several hands

3-line blue initials with simple cut-outs begins the text on ff. 25r and 43v. Other 2-line initials alternating blue and red throughout. Rubrication in red ends on f. 38v, instructions to rubricator often visibile in lower margin throughout.

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