Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection -- Manuscript Number: ljs010              Version:
[Breviary]    [Germany, Franconia (Bavaria) 1444]

Physical Description:

257 folios, contemporary foliation (followed below) interrupted by addition of five folios after f. 188, collation uncertain due to tight binding, many folios attached to parchment stubs at gutter, multiple repairs, single folios, stubs, and cancels (with the result that the foliation reaches 271), but apparently mostly quires of 12, with outer bifolium of each quire a parchment palimpsest, the majority from a Hebrew manuscript 1 column, 28 lines, written in dark brown ink in a Gothic cursive, binding of nineteenth-century half mottled-calf over marbled pasteboards, gilt-stamped red paper spine-label fMSS/ HORAE/ BREVIRARII/ ROMANI/ 1444F, 142 x 112 (106 x 80) mm.

Incipit: In s[an]cta nocte penth[ecostem] ad v[espera]s./an[tiphona] super ps[almos] Veni s[an]cte sp[iritu]s`/`Tu[n]c ca[ ]m in laudibus est Elegerunt d`[def.]


  1. The colophon on folio 188/188v records that the manuscript was completed on St. BarbaraFs feastday (4 December) in 1444 at the Chapel of St. Katherine in Altoforo. Unfortunately, the name of the city has been scraped away, a common practice in previous centuries intended to disguise the manuscriptFs origins. Professor Wolfgang Metzer , Univeritätsbibliothek Heidelberg, suspects that it was Altorf near Nürnburg in Bavaria.