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

Harvard University, "HOLLIS+" (Not Printed)

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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

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).