Gradual, Dominican use


Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Typ 1004

General Information

Title Gradual, Dominican use
Shelfmarks MS Typ 1004
Material vellum
Place of Origin Italy
Script, Hands

The text is written in a large gothic rotunda hand, in black with red rubrics, with music on a red 4-line staff. 

Original Condition

Page Height 710 mm
Page Width 390 – 400 mm
Height of Written Area 370 – 380 mm
Width of Written Area 260 – 270 mm
Number of Columns 1
Width of Columns 260 mm
Number of Lines 6
Line Height 10 mm

Current Condition

Dimensions 54 cm

Book Decoration and Musical Notation

Persons: The initial and border have been attributed to Pacino di Bonaguida: see Palladino.
The initial letter "D" is historiated, with St. Paul holding book and sword. There is a foliate part-border, in which is the figure of a Dominican nun praying.
The initial and border are drawn in tempera with gold leaf. These have been attributed to Pacino di Bonaguida: see Palladino.
There are 2 initial letters on the verso in red and blue with pen-work decoration.


  • De Ricci, 1706 (D.9)

  •  P. Palladino, Treasures of a lost art: Italian manuscript painting of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Metropolitan Museum of Art 2003), no. 20

  • W. P. Stoneman in Of current interest (Houghton Library 2006), no. 22