Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes


Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Lat 441.4

General Information

Material vellum
Script, Hands

Written in two columns of 43 lines, in brown ink in a small "pearl script" gothic bookhand measuring 2mm or less in height, with initials and headings in red and blue ink. Probably written at Paris. Includes marginal notes and line numbering by 5s, probably written in the 14th century in England.

General Remarks

Possibly forms a part of a whole that would include MS Lat 441, 441.1, 441.2, 441.3 and 441.4, Houghon Library.

Original Condition

Page Height 160 mm
Page Width 110 mm
Height of Written Area 103 – 105 mm
Width of Written Area 60 – 61 mm
Number of Columns 2
Width of Columns 29 – 31 mm
Number of Lines 43
Line Height up to 2 mm

Book Decoration and Musical Notation


Three floriated, 6-line initials in red, blue, white, orange, brown, and pink; two of these have grotesque animals, with one entwined outside the initial with the body residing in the margins.