Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Typ 962

Elena Iourtaeva, Houghton Library, 2018

General Information

Material: vellum

Date of Origin: 1200

Script, Hands:

The Latin text is written in a tall gothic book hand in black and red. Initial letters are in red with blue pen-work decoration. Musical notation is horseshoe-nail notes in black on a red 4-line staff. 

Original Condition

Dimensions (Page Height): 350 mm

Dimensions (Page Width): 230 – 245 mm

Height of Written Area: 276 mm

Width of Written Area: 200 mm

Number of Lines: 12

Number of Columns: 1

Line Height: 21 – 23 mm

Book Decoration


The verso contains a historiated initial D (beginning the response Dum complerentur Dies Pentecostes). This shows a priest with acolyte celebrating mass; in red blue and green.