Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Typ 961

General Information

Material vellum
Script, Hands

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

General Remarks

Original Condition

Page Height 500 mm
Page Width 395 mm
Height of Written Area 360 mm
Width of Written Area 260 mm
Number of Columns 1
Number of Lines 8
Line Height 41 – 45 mm

The top margin has old folio numbers 222 and 495. . 

Book Decoration and Musical Notation


The recto shows a large initial A historiated with the scene of the Presentation (Luke 2.25). 



Probably written at Regensburg, ca. 1310. The name "Gerwirch" is written beside an illumination on one of the Morgan leaves. This is likely the name of the female donor. 


Another 3 leaves of this ms. are Morgan Library M.870.1, 2, 3.