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

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

Page Height 350 mm
Page Width 230 – 245 mm
Height of Written Area 276 mm
Width of Written Area 200 mm
Number of Columns 1
Number of Lines 12
Line Height 21 – 23 mm

Book Decoration and Musical Notation


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.