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Guide to the Medieval and Early Modern Manuscript Leaves Collection, ca. 1000-1800

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Vassar College. Library
Title: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscript Leaves Collection
Dates: ca. 1000-1800
Quantity: 81 items
Abstract: Leaves and fragments of manuscripts and illuminated manuscripts, primarily in Latin, deriving largely from religious work such as psalters, books of hours, and sermons. Also includes scholarly and literary works, Arabic manuscripts, and some early modern manuscripts.
Language of Material Arabic, English, Middle (1100-1500), Flemish, French, Latin.
Forms of Materials: Manuscripts

Scope and Content Note

Leaves and fragments of manuscripts and illuminated manuscripts, primarily in Latin, deriving largely from religious work such as psalters, books of hours, and sermons. Also includes scholarly and literary works, Arabic manuscripts, and some early modern manuscripts.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in seven series by material type, and alphabetically within each series.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.

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Related Material

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Subject Headings

Organizations:

  • Catholic Church--Prayers and devotions.

Subjects:

  • Bible.
  • Books of Hours.
  • Illumination of books and manuscripts, European.
  • Illumination of books and manuscripts, Islamic.
  • Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval.
  • Manuscripts, Arabic.
  • Manuscripts, Latin.
  • Manuscripts, Medieval.
  • Psalters.
  • Sermons, Latin.

Document Types:

  • Books of hours.
  • Illuminated manuscripts.
  • Psalters.
  • Sermons.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, April 2007.

Updated by Mark Seidl, October 2011 and September 2014.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Medieval and Early Modern Manuscript Collection, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Partial list of leaves created in 2006 by Dean Rogers. Item numbers were assigned at that time. List updated by Ron Patkus and Mark Seidl in 2011. Further refinements and some corrections of dealers' descriptions made by Mark Seidl in 2014 with information received from Peter Kidd.

Acquisition Information

Gifts and transfers from a variety of sources. A number were acquired from 20th century book dealers such as Brentano's, Dawson's Bookshop, Philip C. Duschnes, Otto Ege, and Walter Schatzki. Items acquired directly from Ege include numbers 5-6, 13, 38, 49-50, 57, 61 and 82.

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Series List

Series I. Bibles

Series II. Liturgical Texts

Series III. Devotional Texts

Series IV. Legal Texts

Series V. Literary Texts

Series VI. Theological Texts

Series VII. Islamic Texts

Item List

SERIES I. Bibles

Item 44 Bible leaf (Baruch 2). Germany, 1450
Item 1-2 Bible leaf (Ecclesiasticus 51 to Isaiah 1-3 and Matthew Prologue, 1-3). France, circa 1250
Item 47 Bible leaf (Hebrews 10-12). France, 13th century
Item 3 Bible leaf (Psalms 21,22) with commentary. England or France, early 13th century
Item 52-53 Bible leaves. Armenia, 1121
Item 11 Bible leaf. Armenia, 15th century
Item 72 Bible Story Collection leaf. Russia, 1775
Item 48 Bohun Bible leaf (Ecclesiasticus 40-41). England, 14th century
Item 5 Chain of Psalms leaf. France, 1190
Item 30 Gospel leaf (John 3). Flanders, 16th century

SERIES II. Liturgical Texts

Item 4 Antiphonary leaf (text from the Book of Proverbs). Switzerland (St. Gall?), 11th or 12th century
Item 9 Antiphonary leaf. France?, 16th century
Item 55 Antiphonary leaf. [No place], 15th century? [dealer indicates 16th century]
Item 68 Antiphonary leaf. Spain, 16th century
Item 69 Antiphonary leaf. Spain, 16th century
Item 75 Antiphonary leaf. Flanders, 1485
Item 76 Antiphonary leaf. [No place], [undated]
Item 79-81 Antiphonary leaves. Germany, 15th century
Item 49-50 Antiphonary leaves. Italy, 1460
Item 71 Book of Holiday Hymns leaf. Russia, 1790
Item 59 Breviary leaf. France, 14th century? [dealer indicates Psalter, 13th century]
Item 38 Breviary leaf. France, 14th century
Item 12-13 Breviary leaves. France, 14th century [dealer indicates Book of Hours, England]
Item 10, 37 Breviary leaves. Lucca, Italy, 1464 [dealer indicates Lucca [i.e. Loccum] near Hanover]
Item 56 Carthusian Hymnal leaf. [No place], 16th century? [dealer indicates 15th century]
Item 8 Ferial psalter leaf. France?, 15th century [dealer indicates Antiphonary leaf from Germany]
Item 34 Ferial psalter leaf?, Italy, [undated]
Item 77-78 Gradual leaves. [No place], [undated]
Item 32 Hymnal leaf. [No place], 16th century
Item 45 Martyrology leaf. Italy, circa 1150
Item 40-41 Miniatures depicting a priest saying Mass, with emblems relating to Pope Leo X. Italy, circa 1520
Item 57 Missal leaf. Perugia, Italy, circa 1350
Item 58 Missal leaf. Italy, 15th century
Item 42 Service book leaf, with miniature on reverse by the Spanish Forger, [undated]

SERIES III. Devotional Texts

Item 16 Book of Hours leaf. Holland, 15th century [dealer indicates Flanders]
Item 21 Book of Hours leaf. France, 1450
Item 7 Book of Hours leaf. France, late 15th century
Item 20 Book of Hours leaf. France, 16th century
Item 22 Book of Hours leaf. Italy, 15th century [dealer indicates France]
Item 23-24 Book of Hours leaves. Flanders or French Flanders, 1450 [dealer indicates France]
Item 17-19 Book of Hours leaves. France, 15th century
Item 35-36 Book of Hours leaves. France, 15th century
Item 14-15 Book of Hours leaves. France (or French Flanders)?, 15th century [dealer indicates Flanders]
Item 25-29 Book of Hours calendar leaves. France?, circa 1500
Item 33 Book of Hours litany leaf. France?, 15th century
Item 39 Miniature depicting Christ at Mount of Olives, from a Book of Hours. Flanders?, circa mid-15th century
Items 46 and 82 Psalter leaf. Flanders, 13th century
Item 43 Psalter leaf. Italy, 15th century

SERIES IV. Legal Texts

Item 31 Grant of a messuage and adjacent garden. England (Kent), 1425/26
Item 62-67 Justinian, Institutes, leaves. Italy (Bologna), 13th century

SERIES V. Literary Texts

Item 74 Pseudo-Virgil leaf. Italy, 16th century
Item 61 Terence, Comedies, leaf. Italy, 1475
Item 54 Virgil, Aeneid Bk. 11. Italy, 15th century? [dealer indicates 14th century]

SERIES VI. Theological Texts

Item 60 Bernard de Clairvaux, Flores Sancti Bernardi. France?, circa 1400
Item 6 Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, leaf, 15th century

SERIES VII. Islamic Texts

Item 51 Koran leaf. [No place], circa 1175
Item 70 Koran leaf. Persia, 1700
Item 73 Prayer Book leaf. Persia, 1700

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