(Germany or Austria, second half of the 12th century). 350 x 232 mm. (13 3/4 x 9 1/8"). Single column, 24 lines in a fine chiselled early gothic book hand, the script in two sizes.
Rubrics in red, capitals struck with red, numerous one-line initials in red, each leaf with three or more two-line initials in red, some of these with four-line ascenders or descenders. With a seven-line collect for Saint Margaret's Day in a later (14th century?) hand. A little soiling to edges, some minor (naturally occurring?) darkening in small areas of the vellum (the vellum generally a shade less than bright), otherwise excellent leaves with comfortable margins.
When three leaves from the parent manuscript here were sold by Christie's in 2001, the catalogue entry said, "The angular script and elegant use of initials is typically Cistercian, as is the striking punctus flexus punctuation. Since the style was imitated in monasteries throughout Europe, it can be unusually difficult to localize, and while the Missal is now recognised as having been either south German or, more probably, Austrian in origin, Ege himself took it to be Spanish." We have had leaves with guide letters and instructions to the miniature painter and even with rough sketches of borders and miniatures, but we have never before seen instructions for use by the rubricator in the way they appear here--as heavily abbreviated words written vertically at the very inner edge of the leaf, positioned apparently so that they would not be visible in the finished manuscript (or perhaps thought mistakenly to have been written at the outer edge of the leaf, where they would have been trimmed away). (ST12790a-c)
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