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Breviarium Benedictinum (Congregationis Bursfeldensis). Pars hiemalis.


Analysis of Content

[aa1r] [Title-page.]

[aa3r] [Calendarium.] P. Volk, ‘Zur Geschichte des Bursfelder Breviers', Studien und Mitteilungen zur Geschichte des Benediktiner-Ordens und seiner Zweige, Neue Folge, 15 (1928), 49-92, 175-201, 233-58, at 233-46 a full transcription of the calendar, at 60-1 a discussion on this specific edition. See Also A. Rosenthal, Martyrologium und Festkalender der Bursfelder Kongregation, Beiträge zur Geschichte der alten Mönchtums und des Benediktinertums, 35 (Münster, 1984), 260 ‘B1'.

[bb1r] [Computus.] Incipit: ‘Quia cognitio festorum mobilium horas canonicas . . .’

[cc] ‘Declaratio cursus hyemalis'. Incipit: ‘Tempore brumali cursus patet ordine tali | Nam primo de dominicis dat quot numero sint'; 11 hexameters.

[cc] [Table.]

[dd1r] ‘Prefatio in examinationem, approbationem et ratificationem breuiarii reformationis . . .’ Incipit: ‘Georgius, Dei et apostolice sedis gratia episcopus Lausaniensis, Guillerinus(!) Hugonis, archidyaconus Metensis . . .’ Permission for the revision of the Breviary accorded by Georgius de Saluzzo, Bishop of Lausanne (1440-61; see Gams 284), and by other members of the Council of Basle, to Johannes Hagen, Abbot of Bursfeld (1439-69), dated Worms, 17 July 1445. P. Volk, Urkunden zur Geschichte der Bursfelder Kongregation, Kanonistische Studien und Texte, 20 (Bonn, 1951), 54-5 no. 2.

[dd1v] [Permission for revision of the Breviary.] Incipit: ‘Iohannes miseratione diuina Sancti Angeli . . . Humilibus supplicum . . .’ Permission for the revision of the Breviary accorded by Johannes Carvajal, Cardinal deacon of S. Angelus (1440-69; see Eubel II 9 no. 26), to the Abbots of Bursfeld, Reinhausen, and Huysburg; dated Mainz, 2 Dec. 1448. Volk, Urkunden, 70-1 no. 10.

[dd2r] ‘Littera confirmationis ordinarii cum oppositione prioris Montis sancti Jacobi extra muros Moguntinenses'. Incipit: ‘Nicolaus, miseratione diuina tituli sancti Petri ad vincula sacrosancte Romane ecclesie . . . Iustis et honestis . . .’ Confirmation of the revised Breviary by Nicolaus de Cusa, Cardinal legate, to the Abbot and prelates of the Congregation of Bursfeld; dated Cologne, 6 Mar. 1452. Volk, Urkunden, 95-6 no. 22.

a1r [Proprium de tempore. Pars hiemalis.] Incipit: ‘In aduentu domini super psalmos. Antiphona. Regnum tuum etc. Capitulum I ad Thessalonicenses. [D]eus pacis sanctificet vos per omnia . . .’

Aa1r [Psalterium.] Incipit: ‘[B]eatus vir, qui non abiit in consilio impiorum . . .’

Hh6r [Litaniae sanctorum.] ‘Bernharde', ‘Paule', and ‘Hilarion' among the confessors; ‘Scholastica', ‘Katherina', ‘Barbara', and ‘Ursula cum sodalibus' among the virgins.

Hh7v [List of psalms, in alphabetical order.]

Ii1v [Officium BVM.] Incipit: ‘In cursu beate Marie virginis. Invitatorium. Ave Maria gratia plena . . .’

Ii3r [Officium defunctorum.] Incipit: ‘Vigilie defunctorum ad vesperas. Antiphona. Placebo domino in regione . . .’ See K. Ottosen, The Responsories and Versicles of the Latin Office of the Dead (Aarhus, 1993), 192-3.

Kk7r [Hymnarium.] Incipit: ‘Feriatis diebus extra adventum et LXX ad nocturnum hymnum. Eterne rerum conditor . . .’

A1r [Proprium de sanctis.] Incipit: ‘Andree apostoli ad vesperas. Capitulum. Ad Romanos. [C]orde creditur ad iusticiam, ore autem confessio sit . . .’ From S. Andrea to Annuntiatio BVM.

E4r [Commune sanctorum.] Incipit: ‘De apostolis ad vesperas. Capitulum ad Ephesios. [N]am non estis hospites et aduene . . .’

H8v [Officium in dedicatione ecclesiae.] Incipit: ‘In primis vesperis super psalmus. Antiphona. Tu, domine, vniuersorum qui nullam habes indigentiam . . .’

I3v [First colophon, dated 20 Aug. 1493.]

I4r ‘Registrum chartarum partis hyemalis'.


Imprint: [Nuremberg]: Georg Stuchs, 1493. 8°.

Remarks: In two parts dated: (I) 20 Aug. 1493; (II) 13 Aug. 1493.


Collation: Pars hiemalis: Calendarium: [aa8 bb4 cc1 dd2]; Proprium de tempore: a–o8; Psalterium: Aa–Kk8 Ll6; Proprium de sanctis–Commune sanctorum: A–H8 I4.


ISTC: ib01128000

GW: GW 5179 (I);

Hain: CR 1255;

Goff: Goff B‑1128;

Proctor: Pr 2272 (II), 2273 (I);

Others: Sheppard 1643.

LCN: 13913092


Copy number: B-527(1)

Wanting the blank leaf o8.

Pars hiemalis (I) only. Printed on parchment. Calendar bound in the following order: [aa dd bb1-2 cc bb3-4]. [cc] a single sheet printed on one side only.

Binding: Contemporary south German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, with remains of clasps and metal corner-pieces. On both covers fillets form concentric frames, with a floral and foliate roll inside the outer frame. Further fillets form an inner rectangle, with headed-outline-tools forming interlaced merrythoughts. On the spine a repeated lozenge-shaped fleuron (fleur-de-lis) and a repeated lozenge-shaped heart stamp. Leather index tabs; not found in Paul Schwenke, ‘Die Buchbinderei des Petersklosters', in Joseph Theele, Die Handschriften des Benediktinerklosters S. Petri zu Erfurt (Leipzig, 1920), 38-45, nor F. R. Goff, ‘Fifteenth-century Stamped Bindings from the Benedictine Monastery of St Peter at Erfurt', Gb Jb (1969), 274-9.

Size: 195 × 135 × 80 mm.

Size of leaf: 178 × 110 mm.

In an early hand, on [aa1r], the Lord's Prayer and the Creed; on [aa1v], instructions for prayers at liturgical hours (compline, prime, etc.), to be performed by a chapter of monks (probably the Benedictines at Erfurt), also recommendations of other passages from scripture and prayers, and the blessing of the house: ‘Pro priuatim legentibus completis benedictio[nem] ad lectionem collationis noctem quietam tribuat nobis omnipotens et misericors Dominus . . .' and ‘Sequuntur usuales(?), tum versic[uli] et collecta ad beatam uirginem . . . O florens rosa rosa nostri Domini speciosa, o uirgo . . .'; on [aa1v], ‘Agenda capituli post primas', with incipit: ‘Sancta Maria mater Domini nostri Ihesu Christi et omnes sancti intercedant pro nobis . . .' In the Calendarium, obits and other manuscript entries dating from 1483-98, probably in the same hand as the prayers; also several manuscript entries relating to Sebastianus Lang, including his ordination as sub-deacon, deacon, and priest.

Provenance: Sebastianus Lang (fl. 1609-1611); manuscript notes (see above). Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854); book-label; sale (1835), lot 1327. Purchased for £0. 14. 0; see Books Purchased (1841), 6.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 6.31.

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