Ash Wednesday and Lent


Utrecht, Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht, Ms fr. 3.42 and 3.43

General Information

Title Gradual (excerpts from Ash Wednesday and Lent)
Shelfmarks Ms. fr. 3.42 and 3.43
Material Parchment
Place of Origin Artois or Flanders, Belgium
Date of Origin 4th quarter of the 14th century
Script, Hands

Gothic textualis formata

Original Condition

Page Height 320 mm
Page Width 240 mm
Height of Written Area 220 mm
Width of Written Area 163 mm
Number of Columns 1
Width of Columns 163 mm

Ms. fr. 3.42 is numbered fol. xxxv, Ms. fr. 3.43 fols. xxviii, xxxiiii, xxxix, in all cases on the verso side of each folio.

Current Condition

Dimensions 320 x 240 mm

Book Decoration and Musical Notation


Penwork with cadels and faces. For the penwork, compare Brussels, Royal Library, Ms. 10176-8 (Guillaume de Diguileville, Le songe du pelerinaige de la vie humaine), 68r (C. Gaspar & F. Lyna, Les principaux manuscrits a peintures de la Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique. 2 vols, Paris 1937, I, pl. 87; II, p.379).

  • Musical Notation

    French neumes, square notation.

  • History


    Made in Artois or Flanders, Belgium


    purchased at the auction at Beijers, Utrecht (Books, prints and manuscripts), 23-11-2011, lot 309, from an unknown dutch collector. Ms fr. 3.43: probably owned by prof. Hélène Franscisca Wagenaar-Nolthenius (1920-2000), professor of History of music in Antiquity and the Middle Ages at the University of Utrecht, 1958-1976.

    Persons and Institutions prof. H. Wagenaar-Nolthenius (1920-2000).