Brief Description of the Manuscript
Index of Selected Images from the Manuscript
Links to Manuscript Descriptions in Table Format
Links to Brief Descriptions & Indices to Selected Images
MS 5 is a Book of Hours originating from Florence, Italy and a
with a dating to the last quarter of the 14th century. It consists
of 241 leaves written in a Gothic script influence by the littera
Bononiensis. The main text appears in a layout of 1 column and
12 rows of text.
The manuscript was once in the library of Cardinal Etienne-Charles Lomenie de Brienne in the 18th century, was in the possession of Angela Keen in the 19th century, and was eventually donated to the Syracuse University Library Department of Special Collections by the Burlingame Estate.
The text includes a calendar, the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary (including the Gospel readings), an Office of the Dead, the Penitential Psalms, Litany and related prayers, Office of the Passion of Jesus Christ, and Office of the Cross.
Major decoration consists of 4 miniatures and 4 historiated initials. The miniatures are characterized by a dark blue background and somber-looking figures. One interesting miniature placed at the beginning of the Office of the Dead has been identified as a scene from Dante's Purgatory, XIV. The historiated initials are set against a gold background and decorated with feather-like foliage. On the same page as the historiated initial of the Madonna and Child is an unidentified coat of arms probably belonging to the original patrons/owners of the MS. Minor decoration includes decorated catchwords at the bottom of the pages and various ornamented capitals.
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f.13r, Virgin & Child; Coat of Arms
f.41r, Decorative Initial
ff.104v-105r, 3 Men & 1 Women (scene from Dante's Purgatory); Historiated Initial; accompanying text
ff.104v, 3 Men & 1 Women (scene from Dante's Purgatory)
ff.168v-169r, David & Goliath; Initial: David; accompanying text
f.168v, David & Goliath; Initial: David
ff.201v-202r, Crucifixion; Initial: Man of Sorrows; accompanying text
f.201v, Crucifixion; Initial: Man of Sorrows
ff.225v-226r, Decorative Catchword & Initial
ff.234v-235r, St. Mary Magdalene embracing the foot of the Cross; & accompanying text
ff.234v, St. Mary Magdalene embracing the foot of the Cross
ff.235v-236r, Decorative Border & Initial; Prayer to God the Father
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