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[Manuscript Leaf from 15th Century, Germany]

Description: A manuscript leaf from 15th Century, Germany. The manuscript leaf is laid out with two (2) columns and scribed in late Gothic script. There are musical neums on 4-line staff (by the 16th-century the 5-line staff became more standardized) Breviary. The manuscript leaf was created on vellum parchment and used both red, blue, and black gall ink for the script. The leaf is labelled as page twenty-one (21).
Date: [1401..1500]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Manuscript Leaf 15th Century, Northern Netherlands]

Description: 15th-century Book of Hours originating from the Nothern Netherlands [Utrecht], ca. 1430s. Dutch text from the Long Hours of the Cross displayed in single column, 19 lines, gothic book hand. Rubrics in red, capitals struck with red, eight one-line initials in red or blue, verso with one three-line initial in burnished gold embellished with red penwork and extensions' full border composed of a vertical bar border of burnished gold and blue with white tracery, the bars with hairline stems emanating from each end and spreading across the top and bottom and along the fore-edge margin, these vines bearing burnished gold trefoils, delicate daisies, and pink and green buds, with the text opened by a 10-line initial "H" in highly burnished gold on a pink and blue ground with white tracery, in the center of the initial a draped flowering vine.
Date: [1430..1439]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Manuscript Leaf from a Volume on Saints' Lives from the 12th Century, Italy/Lombardy]

Description: A leaf from a volume on the lives of saints from Italy, perhaps Lombardy, ca. 1100. Attenuated Caroline minuscule. Rubric in red majuscules. 16 line initial "P" with curling foliate infill. With the inscription of "D. Thomasio de Belmont" (perhaps Belmont-sur-Lausanne) and the date 1681 in one margin. Begins with an account of the life of Saint Cyprian.
Date: 1100
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Bible Leaf with Text from 1st Maccabee, 13th Century]

Description: A leaf from a Bible in Latin (France or England, ca. 1230-1260) containing text from 1 Maccabees 1 et seq. ("Et factum est postquam percussit Alexander Philippi Macedo"). Text displayed as 2 columns, gothic script (texualis formata). A notable feature of this particular leaf is that the writing begins "below top line" which suggest the MS was written "below top line" which suggests the MS was written after 1230 (see: N.R. Ker, "From 'Above Top Line; to 'Below Top Line': A Change in Scribal Practice," Celtica, 5 [1960], 13-16). Note also that the chapter numbers were added later (standardization was begun in Paris ca. 1230).
Date: [1230..1260]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Manuscript Leaf from the 14th Century, Italy]

Description: An Italian manuscript leaf from the 14th century, estimated ca. 1350. The spread is laid out as 2 leaves sewn together, indicating recovery from a book that was bound. Notable is the presence of vellum strengthener along the gutter margin with a possible 11th-century inscription of Psalms 103 et seq.
Date: 1350~
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Manuscript Leaf 14th Century, England]

Description: 14th-century leaf from a book of prayer including chants estimated to originate from England, ca. 1360. Text displayed in a single column, gothic script, the Prayer for the Departed ("Oratio. Debitum humani corporis sepelieudi officium fidelium more complentes"). Followed by the chant "Clementissime domine qui pro nostra miseria ab imporium magnibus mortis supplicium pertulisti" with numes on a 4-line staff.
Date: 1360~
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Manuscript Leaf from 13th Century, Germany?]

Description: 13th-century German manuscript leaf. Double column, transitional Caroline/gothic hand. Text from a Lectionary(Matthew 13:15 - 13:21, in which Christ explains to his disciples why he speaks in parables). Written by an accomplished scribe, with capitals, ampersands, ligatures, and fishtail-like terminations at the top of ascenders indicate that the script is transitional, from the late Caroline to the early gothic. Recovered from a bound book.
Date: [1201..1300]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Leaf from Latin Bible of Ecclesiastes 2-8, 13th Century, France]

Description: A leaf from a Latin Bible (France, ca. 1200-1240), including text from Ecclesiastes 2-8. Text displayed in 2 columns, gothic script written "above top line", and chapter numbers in margins, indicating a date before ca. 1240. Notable in this item are the outer margin prickings used for the creation of horizontal justification lines and the hole in the vellum, around which text has been written.
Date: [1200..1240]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Leaf from 13th Century Bible]

Description: A leaf from a Latin Bible from England or France, ca. 1220-1240. Text from the end of Jonah 4, and Micha 1-3 is displayed in 2 columns, gothic scripts (texuais formata). A notable feature of this particular leaf is that the writing begins "below top line" which suggests the MS was written after 1230 (see: N.R. Ker, "From 'Above Top Line; to 'Below Top Line': A Change in Scribal Practice," Celtica, 5 [1960] 13-16). Note also that the chapter numbers were added later (standardization was begun in Paris ca. 1230).
Date: [1220..1240]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Manuscript Leaf 12th Century, France]

Description: A previously bound leaf approximately 12th-century.Text from a Lectionary (?) with text from the Life of Saint Gregory of Spoleto. The words Gregory and martyr appear in red ink. Late romanesque book hand. Seven line initial "T" in yellow on a blue background outlined in red, with a small winged dragon. Recovered from a bookbinding.
Date: 1150~
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Leaf from 13th Century Bible, Paris, France]

Description: Manuscript leaf from Bible, in Latin: Hosea 1 et seq., France [probably Paris], ca. 1240. Text displayed in double column, gothic pearl script. Rubrics in red, capitals struck in red, running tiles and chapter numbers in red and blue, one two-line initial and one four-line initial with extensions into the margin, both painted pink or blue with gold dot embellishments on a contrasting ground, and both with an internal scrolling design, the larger initial containing the head of a small beast, and a 6-line historiated initial depicting the prophet Hosea holding a scroll (rubbed). Margins with a contemporary correction and a few indecipherable notes in a later hand.
Date: 1240~
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Leaf from a Miniature Bible, Mid 13th Century, France]

Description: A leaf from a miniature Bible in Latin from France, ca. 1250-1275. Text organized in 2 columns, gothic script (texualis formata) and displays 1 Chronicles 23-25. A notable feature of this particular leaf is that the writing begins "below top line" which suggests the manuscript was written after 1230 (see: N.R. Ker, "From 'Above Top Line; to 'Below Top Line': A Change in Scribal Practice," Celtica, 5 [1960], 13-16). Note also that the chapter numbers were added later (standardization was begun in Paris ca. 1230).
Date: [1250..1275]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Manuscript Leaf from the 15th Century, France]

Description: A small and simple French Breviary with sermons, readings, and responses on Corinthians from the 15th-century. Text is displayed in 2 columns, gothic script. Embellishments are done in red and blue ink throughout the margins and text-breaking letters. The number 84 is noted on the top left of the recto.
Date: [1401..1500]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Book of Hours Leaf: Prayers for the Dead from the 15th Century, France?]

Description: (France? 15th-century). Text displayed in single column, gothic script, initials alternating blue and burnished gold, the formers with black filigree and the latter with red. From a Book of Hours, in Latin. Lauds / Office of the Dead. Includes prayers beginning with "Generacio mea ablata est et conuoluta est a me quasi tabernaculum pastorum."
Date: [1401..1500]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Manuscript Leaf from the 12th Century, Italy]

Description: This 12th-century Italian manuscript recovered from a binding, displays a double column, rounded Italian gothic hand, and a series of tiny pinpricks at edges where binding hardware had been attached. Text here contains parts of the homilies from Johannes Chrysostomus' work on the priesthood, "De Dignitate Sacerdotali," and from Saint Gergory's "Homiliae in Evangelia."
Date: 1150~
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[17th Century Spanish Carta Excutoria]

Description: Opening page of a 17th century Spanish Baroque Carta executoria, providing geological evidence of aristocratic lineage with no trace of peasant, Jewish or Moorish blood. More than simply asserting one's high standing, such documents exempted the holder from civil suits and taxation. Carta executoria were often ostentatiously illuminated (as here), to suggest the wealth and taste of the grantee. Displays large intricate initial "D" (i.e. Don Carlos, King of Spain from 1665 - 1700) in the form of an ornate fountain incorporating fish, snakes, birds, and foliage.
Date: 1696
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Manuscript Leaf of James I from Latin Bible 13th Century, England or France?]

Description: Vellum leaf from a Latin Bible (England or France, ca. 1220-1240). The text is James 1 et seq. (note that the chapter heading is "IACOBUS") with multiple glosses in the margins. A notable feature of this particular leaf is that the writing begins "below top line" which suggest the MS was written after 1230 (see: N.R. Ker, "From 'Above Top Line; to 'Below Top Line': A Change in Scribal Practice," Celtica, 5 [1960] 13-16). Note also that the chapter numbers were added later (standardization was begun in Paris ca. 1230). Text is displayed in 2 columns, gothic script (texuais formata).
Date: [1220..1240]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[French Book of Hours Liturgical Calendar, April, Late 15th Century]

Description: A leaf for the month of April from a Liturgical calendar from a Book of Hours. Text displayed in single column, bâtarde hand. Three-line "KL" in brushed gold on a maroon ground, five one-line Domical letters in similar style, saints' days in red or blue (one major feast day in gold), each side with a panel border in the rinceau style, with swirling hairline stems bearing numerous burnished gold ivy leaves and berries and red and blue blossoms, the panel on the recto with a roundel showing the labor of the month of April (gathering flowers), and a roundel on the verso showing Taurus the bull. The painter of the roundels seems to have been influenced by the so-called Maître François.
Date: [1450..1500]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Leaf from a Book of Sermons, 15th Century, Germany]

Description: A leaf from a book of sermons, (Germany, 15th century) on paper, with watermark just barely visible (type uncertain: possibly "Etoile" type of Briquet 6067-6071, dated variously from 1422 to 1477 (see: C.M. Briquet, Les Filigranes, 1907, reprinted 1967, vol. 3), or handwritten.
Date: [1422..1477]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Leaf from Latin Bible of 2 Kings 5, 13th Century, England or France?]

Description: A leaf from a Latin Bible, (England, or France, ca. 1230-1260), including second Kings 5. Text is displayed in 2 columns, gothic script (texuais formata). A notable feature of this particular leaf is that the writing begins "below top line" which suggest the MS was written "below top line" which suggest the MS was written after 1230 (see: N.R. Ker, "From 'Above Top Line; to 'Below Top Line': A Change in Scribal Practice," Celtica, 5 [1960] 13-16). Note also that the chapter numbers were added later (standardization was begun in Paris ca. 1230).
Date: [1220..1240]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Leaf from 15th Century Breviary, France]

Description: Manuscript leaf from 15th century France. Calligraphy text appears in a single column, gothic script, with single-line initials, embellished with burnished gold. Breviary [Matins] beginning: ["Sicut adipe et pinguedine repleatur anima mea:] et labiis exultationis laudabit os meum."
Date: [1401..1500]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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