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This illuminated manuscript is a missal which contains all of the prayers, hymns, and biblical passages read by the priest during the celebration of the Latin Mass throughout the year. It features Bohemian saints such as St. Wenceslaus, in the…
This portable breviary, used by a Franciscan friar in Italy during the fifteenth century, includes a calendar for the use of Rome with later handwritten additions indicating the feasts of several Franciscan saints. Illuminated with northern Italian…
Breviaries consisted of psalms, antiphons, lectionary, martyrology, and other features. This breviary for Benedictine Use includes calendrical notes that point to a composition date circa 1431 and also includes an indulgence approved in 1431 by Pope…
Written mainly in Latin, but with Spanish rubrics (headings) in red ink, this manuscript Formulario contains the prayers and oaths used in the ceremony in which female novices made their profession as nuns and received the monastic vestments that…
This manuscript contains excerpts from the gradual and antiphony used in Diocese of Béziers in Languedoc in southern France.
Tiny decorated book features fifteen miniatures and ten vignettes of the Labors of the Months in the calendar, each set within pinnacled Gothic niches with decorated margins. Illuminated near St. Omer near the Franco-Flemish border, the Sellers Hours…
Produced in Flanders for use in England, this richly illuminated manuscript includes a set of eight illustrations of scenes from the Infancy of Christ, such as the Annunciation and the Nativity, which traditionally introduced the eight sections of…
The scribe who transcribed the text of this Book of Hours signed his name on folio 111 recto as "Biagio di Piero di Jacopo da Fiesole." The manuscript features four full-page illuminations and one large historiated initial, each highlighted with…
A modest Book of Hours written in gothic batarde script in brown, red, and blue ink with numerous French rubrics, this manuscript includes four full-page miniatures. Other pages feature illuminated initials and elaborate borders in a style similar to…
This manuscript was illuminated by a Flemish-trained artist of great skill. The program of illustration found in this manuscript is extensive, consisting of twenty large miniatures with trompe-l'oeil borders, twenty-four small miniatures of saints,…
An incomplete Book of Hours that consists of at least three different manuscript fragments. The preserved sections of the oldest manuscript are likely from a Book of Hours for Troyes Use.
Early modern manuscript Book of Hours illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings of scenese from the Passion and the Life of the Virgin. Three versions of prayers are included in calligraphy without corrections or insertions. The illustrations were likely…
Written for fifteenth-century nuns in a Bavarian dialect, this tiny manuscript contains two miniatures that introduce lengthy prayers to saints, including some local to Bavaria. The tools used to decorate the binding likewise indicate localization…
Book with Dutch prayers dedicated to St. Anne. Primarily written on paper, the manuscript also includes a vellum leaf illustrated with a damaged illumination of the Virgin and Child with St. Anne.
Comprised primarily of Latin prayers to the Virgin Mary, this Italian manuscript ends with a transcription of an indulgence that was promulgated by Pope Leo X on February 18, 1516. This indulgence granted remission of sins to those who recited the…
Personalized devotional manuscript for an unidentified Catholic woman. It includes the morning prayer to the Trinity, a series of prayers for Mass, Confession, and Communion, and devotions to the Trinity, the Virgin Mary and other popular saints,…
The title of this German prayer manuscript, intended for the Catholic laity, translates loosely as "the spiritual alarm clock." The book contains prayers accompanied by illuminations.
This calligraphic prayer book written in German script was compiled for a Catholic family's private use. Neither the identity of its maker nor its place of origin has been identified. Although the design of the manuscript echoes printed books of the…
Records from the Convento de Santa Clara in Puebla, Mexico covering 150 years (1690–1858). Created in the 1690s as a large blank book, the convent overseer envisioned many more documents than those eventually included. Only half of the nearly three…
Manuscript consisting of 14 large composite painted images of the tenets of the Catholic faith, with explanation written in Dutch. Later owned by the Carmelite friars of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, this book was made for the religious instruction of…
The fifty ink drawings in this volume, all finished in watercolor with Latin captions, provided students with a visually engaging introduction to religious instruction. Pages 1-4 illustrate a basic catechism. Pages 5-10 instruct on how to properly…
Hebrew scrolls of the Megillah of Esther are notoriously difficult to date and localize, given the longstanding traditions behind their production. Written on the skin of a kosher animal, the text comprises the ten chapters of the Book of Esther,…
The Lectionary provides the scriptural readings for the liturgy on specific days during the church year. These leaves from an otherwise lost Greek lectionary include the readings for Easter Week, taken primarily from the Gospel of Matthew, and the…
This volume, written in old Dutch on paper rather than vellum, comprises short passages of the Canticum Canticorum (Song of Songs) followed by allegorical explications from the writings of St. Paul, St. Gregory the Great, St. Bonaventure, and Gilbert…
The texts of the Psalms in Latin and vernacular German translation are printed here side by side in this early sixteenth-century edition. Includes index.