Gradual, Dominican use


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

Harvard University, "HOLLIS+" (Not Printed)

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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

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