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Bod-Inc: B-538


Breviarium Herbipolense [Würzburg].


Analysis of Content

[1a1r] [Calendarium.] Incipit: ‘Sex nonas, Mayus, October, Julius et Mars . . .’

[1a6v] [Computus.]

[2a1r] of Prop. desanctis] [Ordinarium officii.] Incipit: ‘Modus orandi secundum chorum Herbipolensem. Pro inicio matutinarum dicitur versus. Domine, labia mea aperies . . .’

[3a1r] [Psalterium feriatum.] Incipit: ‘Dominicis diebus inuitatorium. [I]n manu tua, Domine, omnes fines terre. Psalmus. [B]eatus vir, qui non abiit in consilio impiorum . . .’

[1c9v] [Litaniae sanctorum.]

[1c10v] [Officium defunctorum.] Incipit: ‘Vigilie maiores. Invitatorium. Circumdederunt me . . .’

[1c11v] [Officium defunctorum minimum.] Incipit: ‘Item vigilie minores. Invitatorium. Circumdederunt . . .’

[4a1r] [Hymnarium.] Incipit: ‘In aduentu Domini ad vesperas ymnus. [V]eni redemptor gentium ostende partum virginis . . .’ See AH 2,36.

[5a1r] [Commune sanctorum.] Incipit: ‘Incipit commune sanctorum. Et primo in nataliciis apostolorum. Ad vesperas super psalmos feriales. Antiphona. [E]stote fortes in bello et pugnate cum antiquo serpente . . .’

[6a1r] [Preface, dedicated to] Rudolphus de Scherenberg, Bishop of Würzburg, who commissioned the work. Incipit: ‘[R]udolphus, Dei gratia episcopus Herbipolensis et Francie orientalis . . .’

[6a1v] [Proprium de tempore. Pars hiemalis.] Incipit: ‘[Dominica prima adventus. Lectio tercia.] De gente peccatrici populo gravi iniquitate . . .’

[7a1r] [Proprium de tempore. Pars aestivalis.] Incipit: ‘[I]n vigilia Pasche. Ad vesperas antiphona. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Psalmus. Laudate domino omnes gentes . . .’

[8a1r] [Proprium de sanctis.] Incipit: ‘Incipit ordo de festivitatibus sanctorum per circulum anni peragendis. In vigilia sancti Andree apostoli . . . Lectio prima secundum Iohannem. In illo tempore, stabat Johannes et ex discipulis eius duo . . .’

[1n5v] ‘In dedicatione maioris ecclesie Herbipolensis'. Incipit: ‘Ad vesperas super psalmos feriales. Antiphona. Sanctificavit dominus tabernaculum . . .'.


Imprint: Würzburg: Stephan Dold, Georg Reyser, Johann Beckenhub, [after 20 Sept. 1479]. Folio.


Collation: Calendarium: [1a6]; Ordinarium officii: [2a4]; Psalterium: [3a b10 c12]; Hymnarium: [4a4]; Commune sanctorum: [5a10 b8 c6]; Proprium de tempore – Pars hiemalis: [6a–g10]; Proprium de tempore – Pars aestivalis: [7a b10 c8+1 d–f10 g8]; Proprium de sanctis: [8a–n10 o p8].


ISTC: ib01162400

GW: GW 5356;

Hain: H 3845;

Proctor: not in Pr;

Others: Bohatta, Lit. Bibl., 250; Schreiber V 3602; Sheppard 1925-6.

LCN: 13983016


Copy number: B-538(1)

Wanting the Calendarium, [a1, 5, 6] and [p1-3].

Sheppard notes that GW‘s description allows for the Ordinarium officii twice over, once separately after the Calendarium, and again as leaves [p4-7] of the Proprium de sanctis. Printed on parchment. Bound in the following order: Proprium de tempore. Pars hiemalis, Proprium de tempore. Pars aestivalis, Ordinarium ([p4-7] of Proprium de sanctis), Psalterium, Hymnarium, Commune sanctorum, Proprium de sanctis.

Binding: English calf, 1630s, bound in London by Richard Badger for Laud, and stamped in gold with the arms of Canterbury, impaled with Laud. Double fillets form a border; rebacked. Scars of index tabs.

Size: 400 × 295 × 110 mm.

Size of leaf: 388 × 242 mm.

Manuscript additions are supplied in an early hand in black and red ink.

Principal initials are supplied in blue, maroon, green, or red, with foliate scrolling in grey, white, pink or gold, on grounds of green, blue, gold or pink, with infill in yellow, white, and edged in red, pink, yellow, blue, gold or green, with extensions into the margins in green, blue, red, yellow, pink, maroon, and grey, and with gold dots. Other initials are supplied in red or blue; paragraph marks are supplied in blue and chapter numbers in upper margin in red. Capital strokes in blue. Text enclosed by double rules in dry-point.

Provenance: Probably Würzburg, Bavaria, Cathedral. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury (1573-1645); coat of arms on binding (see above); presumably acquired by Laud in 1636: inscription on [a2r]: ‘Liber Guilelmi Laude Archiepiscopi Cantuarensis et Cancellarii Universitatis Oxoniensis 1636'. Donated by Laud in 1639; see Coxe, Laudian MSS, pp. xxxvii and xxiv.

SHELFMARK: MS. Laud Misc. 301.

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