Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Typ 1095

General Information

Title Gradual
Shelfmarks MS Typ 1095
Material vellum
Place of Origin Germany
Script, Hands

The text is written in a gothic book-hand in black ink, 10 lines per page. Musical notation is on a red 4-line staff.

Original Condition

Page Height 390 mm
Page Width 280 mm
Height of Written Area 300 mm
Width of Written Area 220 – 230 mm
Number of Columns 1
Number of Lines 8
Line Height 20 mm

Current Condition

Dimensions 40 x 29 cm

Book Decoration and Musical Notation

Persons: From the style, probably from the convent of Paradiese bei Soest in Westfalia in the last quarter of the 14th century.

With illuminations in colors and gold. Initial letters of each strophe are decorated or historiated. The top, bottom and foredge margins are decorated with pen work in red and blue. On ff. 1r, 1v and 2r each margin has in its center a medallion with a picture of a sacred writer and a quotation concerning John.


  • Content Item
    • Text Language Latin
    • Title Bible
    • Content Description

      Part of a sequence "Verbum dei deo natum" (Analecta hymnica 55. 128) for the feast of St. John the Evangelist (ff. 1r-2v, beginning "mundo premonstravit") -- Alleluia, followed by Jn 19.26-27 (2v) -- Sequence for the feast of the Holy Cross, beginning "Salve salutare lignum, Gloriosae crucis signum, Triumphale signiferum" (2v; = Analecta hymnica 34. 20). All this is set to plainsong.

    • Remarks

      Gradual (Pre-Vatican II)


  • Gotische Buchmalerei aus Westfalen: Choralbücher der Frauenklöster Paradiese und Welver bei Soest (1997).