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Last modified: April 15, 2015
Guide to Leaves from Manuscript and Early Printed Books
13th century to 16th century
Title: Leaves from Manuscript and Early Printed Books
Dates: 13th century to 16th century
Extent: 24.0 items
Collection is open for research.
Scope and Contents note
This collection is comprised of fragments of medieval manuscript and early printed books from the 12th through 16th centuries. Notes from research conducted by Judy Oliver and Joscelyn Godwin are included with each medieval manuscript leaf, providing further information on the item.
In addition to the leaves listed here, Special Collections and University Archives holds a copy of Otto F. Ege's Original Leaves from Famous Bibles, collection M4005.
166 x 121 mm
Text from the Canticle of Moses, written in Gothic rotunda script. Alternating blue and red capitals, no other decorations.
Text from Psalms 31 and 32, written in formal Gothic rotunda script. Decorated with red and blue capitals and penwork.
194 x 140 mm
Text from Sententiarum, by Peter Lombard, written in Gothic textualis script. Decorated with red and blue penwork.
Gregorian chant from the Common of Virgins, written in Gothic rotunda script. Decorated with red and blue filigree penwork.
Gregorian chant from the office antiphons for the Temporale Feast of the Ascension, written in Gothic rotunda script. Decorated with red capitals.
Gregorian chant from Psalms 89 and 129, written in large Gothic rotunda script. The five line staves are post-medieval, indicating this leaf is from the 15th century or later. Decorated with red and blue capitals.
Gregorian chant from the antiphons for the Sanctorale feast of St. Nicholas, written in Gothic script from the 16th century or later. This leaf is a palimpsest, written over a larger music leaf, with staves running vertically. Decorated with red and blue initials.
Gregorian chant from antiphons used for the office of the Virgin on Saturdays and for Marian feasts throughout the year, written in Gothic rotunda script. Five line staves indicate that the leaves are not medieval, and date to the 16th century or later. Decorated with red and blue initials.
Gregorian chant from the Roman Missal Mass for the 18th Sunday after Pentacost, written in Gothic rotunda script. Four line staves decorated in red and blue.
Gregorian chant from the Maundy Thursday Mandatum, written in Rotunda script. Seven staves decorated with red and blue penwork.
Text from the Sanctorale feast of SS. Peter and Paul, written in gothic Rotunda script. Decorated with red and blue capitals and penwork.
In addition to these leaves, Special Collections and University Archives holds two copies of French Illuminated Manuscripts with an Original Leaf from a Miniature Book of Hours, each of which contains a leaf from a 15th century Book of Hours.
178 x 127 mm
Text from the Seven Penitential Psalms, written in formal Gothic script. Illuminated and decorated capitals, ivy fill and extensions in the margins, and blue and gold line fillers. This leaf may have been produced in Paris.
108 x 86 mm
Text from the Hymn for Advent and rubric for Christmas, written in Gothic textualis script. Decorated with red and blue inital capitals, and pink filigree.
220 x 140 mm
Text from the Burial Office, written in spiky Gothic script. Text with music (notated antiphons on red staves). Decorated with red and blue penwork. One initial capital decorated with a human head.
Two leaves cut in a manner indicating they were once used as waste in a binding. Both leaves show text and music, and are decorated with red and blue capitals and penwork.
From a volume of the "Tripitaka" or sacred writings of the Buddhist Canon. Printed from wooden blocks in China in the 5th year of Cheng Tung.
Black Latin text surrounded by metalcut printed borders. Possibly printed in Paris in the 16th century.
Red and black Latin text surrounded by metalcut printed borders. Possibly printed in Paris in the 16th century.
Folios XXV-XXVI, LVI, and CXLIII from the Latin edition of Hartmann Schedel's Liber Chronicarum (Book of Chronicles), printed in 1493 by Anton Koberger. The book is commonly known as the Nuremberg Chronicle. Each of the folios shows woodcut illustrations.
Two lithographic reproductions of images from illustrated manuscripts of Terence from an unknown facsimile publication. One, labeled PL. VII, shows two images from Parisinus 7899, and the other, labeled PL. VIII, shows one image from Ambrosianus H. 75. inf.
Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries
Kathleen Trychta and Melissa A. Hubbard with information compiled by Joscelyn Godwin and Judy Oliver, January 22, 2014.
[Identification of item (Author, Title, and Date of item if known)], M0098, Leaves from Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.