Gradual or antiphonary


Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Typ 984

Harvard University, "HOLLIS+"

General Information

Title: Gradual or antiphonary

Former Shelfmarks: MS Typ 984

Material: vellum

Place of Origin: Italy

Script, Hands:

The verso of no. 3 shows text in a large rotunda gothic hand, with music on a 4-line staff. The other 2 versos are not visible.

Original Condition

More about the Condition:

No. 1 is separately mounted; nos. 2 and 3 are mounted together.

Current Condition

Dimensions: 15 x 15 cm or smaller

Book Decoration

Persons (Illuminators): The illuminations have been attributed to the Lombard artist Ambrogio da Marliano.


Drawn in tempera and colored inks with gold leaf.

3 historiated initials: (1) the letter "P" with funeral service for an Augustinian canon; (2) the letter "G" with St. Nicholas of Tolentine; (3) the letter "D" with St. Anthony Abbot, inscribed "IHS" and "Marie fili[us]" in white ink.


  • Content Item


  • De Ricci, 1050.

  •  A. Melograni in Storia dell'Arte 82 (1994): 283-302, specif. 292-294 (illustrating all 3 initials).