Date: 15th c.
Title: Officium Beatae Mariae Virginis [Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary] ; [Book of Hours : use of Rome].
Place of creation: Italy.
Physical description: Vellum, 201 leaves ; 11 x 8 cm.
Summary: Catholic Church liturgy and ritual. Contents include : Calendar (ff. 1 – 12 v.) ; Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ff. 13 r. – 106 r.) ; Seven Penitential Psalms (ff. 106 v. – 132 v.), including the Litany of the Saints (ff. 122 r. – 128 r.) and the Preces [Traditional prayers after the Litany] (ff. 128 r. – 132 v.) ; Prayers to the Virgin (ff. 133 r. – 137 v.) ; Office of the Dead (ff. 138 r. – 194 r.) ; Hours of the Holy Cross (ff. 194 v. – 200 r.) ; Si quaeris miracula [Hymn for St. Anthony] (ff. 200 v. – 201 v.). Text begins on f. 13 r.: Incipit off[iciu]m b[ea]tissime virginis marie s[ecundu]m [c]o[n]suetudinem romane curie usus.
Note: Manuscript written in a single, neat gothic book hand, except final 3 pages (ff. 200 v. – 201 v.), the Si quaeris miracula of St. Anthony, which are written in a later hand. 3 large historiated initials surrounded by full borders, marking the beginning of the Office of the Virgin, the Penitential Psalms, and the Hours of the Cross, respectively: Virgin and Child (f. 13 r.) ; King David Praying (f. 106 v.) ; Christ on the Cross (f. 195 r.). Space left in manuscript on f. 137 v. for an historiated initial for the Office of the Dead, which was never drawn ; thus Office of the Dead is missing the first several words, and begins: [Dilexi quoniam exaudiet dominus] vocem orationis mee. A great number of large initials in colors and gold ; additional small initials in red and blue, many with filigree pen decoration ; colors of blue, green, red, purple, gold, and pink. Bound in full old green morocco over paper boards ; gilt border to front and rear cover ; gilt decoration and title to spine ; white endpapers ; front free endpaper detached ; binding separated from text block at front hinge ; first gathering loose. History of Brandeis’s acquisition of the volume is unknown ; possibly the gift of Philip D. Sang.
Former Call #: Ms. 3
Call #: Manus 3