Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Lat 441

General Information

Material vellum
Script, Hands

Written in two columns of 42-45 lines, in brown ink in a small "pearl script" gothic bookhand measuring 2mm or less in height, with initials and headings in red and blue ink. Probably written at Paris. Includes marginal notes and line numbering by 5s, probably written in the 14th century in England.

General Remarks

Possibly forms a part of a whole that would include MS Lat 441, 441.1, 441.2, 441.3 and 441.4, Houghon Library.

Original Condition

Page Height 160 mm
Page Width 95 – 100 mm
Height of Written Area 102 – 105 mm
Width of Written Area 68 – 70 mm
Number of Columns 2
Width of Columns 30 – 32 mm
Number of Lines 42 – 45
Line Height up to 2 mm

Current Condition

More about the Current Condition

Bound in three-quarter vellum with marbled paper boards.

Book Decoration and Musical Notation


Two floriated, 6- to 7-line initials in gold, red, blue, white, and pink, one with an animal, possibly a gryphon