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Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[between 1025 and 1050].
99 leaves : parchment ; 216 x 155 (145 x 90) mm bound to 217 x 160 mm.


Former owner
Library of Congress genre(s)
Rare books genre
Getty AAT genre
Restrictions note
Open for research.
Summary note
Benedictions for various occasions.
  • Incipit: "In christi nomine Incipivnt Pontificales Benedictiones Per circvlvm Anni dicendę. [fol. 2r] Benedictiones in Dominica Prima Adventus Domini. Omni potens deus cuius unigeniti aduentum et pręteritum creditis et futurum expectatis. Eiusdem aduentus uos illustratione scilicet et sua benedictione locupletet. Amen."
  • Explicit: "Conclusio omnium benedictionum."
  • Ms. codex.
  • Title supplied by cataloger.
  • Collation: Parchment ; fol. 99 ; foliation in blue ink.
  • Layout: 18 long lines per page ; ruled.
  • Description: Rubricated ; fol. 99 repaired.
  • Decoration: Feasts open with either 2- to 7-line silver and gold foliate initials outlined in red, or 1.5- to 2-line gold initials followed by smaller red and silver initials through the text. Celtic-style cross line drawing on lower pastedown.
  • Origin: Probably written and illuminated in the second quarter of the 11th century in Lorsch or Mainz.
Binding note
Contemporaneous binding. Germany, 11th century. Oak boards (10-11 mm thick) first covered in alum-tawed skin, and later covered over in a green silk. Sewn on 3 double cords. The binding was repaired after 1446, and again in the 19th century. The binding closes from back to front with a single clasp, but formerly closed with two straps attaching to metal pegs on the front foreedge; semi-circular tabs extending outwards from the cover at head and tail, have been cut off. Endbands with red secondary sewing. Illegible paper label on spine.
Language note
Late Carolingian miniscule
  • fols. 1v-55r: Benedictions for the Temporale. For use throughout the liturgical year from the 1st Sunday of Advent to the 25th Sunday after Pentecost.
  • fols. 55r-70v: Benedictions for the Sanctorale.
  • fols. 70v-77v: Benedictions for the Common of Saints.
  • fols. 77v-80r: Benedictions for Church Dedications.
  • fols. 80r-99r: Benedictions for Votive masses.
Intermediate provenance unknown. In the collection of the Geheim Justiz-Rath Barnheim of Insterburg in the 19th century. Sold at the Berlin Auktions-Lokale in 1873. Purchased by Robert Garrett in 1924 from Karl W. Hiersemann. Garrett's gift to Princeton University Library in 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift; Robert Garrett, Princeton Class of 1897, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 66-68.
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