FRANCISCAN BREVIARY

MS 1392
MS Short Title FRANCISCAN BREVIARY
Text BREVIARY OF FRANCISCAN USE
Description MS in Latin on vellum, Sweden, ca. 1400-1460, 247 ff. (complete), 14x11 cm, single column, (10-11x7 cm), 20-21 lines in Gothic book script of high grade and medium quality, and 4 different rotunda Gothic book scripts of medium quality, 9 4-line penwork initials in red and blue, 2 8-line elaborate penwork initials with extensions in 2 margins in red, blue, mauve and green, incorporating birds, 3 5-line illuminated initials in gold and colours, one with a green bird, another with a flying dove as symbol of the Holy Spirit in white and yellow.
Binding Sweden, late 15th c., blindtooled leather on wooden boards, sewn on 3 thongs, brass corner pieces and clasps.
Provenance 1. Franciscan monastery, probably Sweden (15th c.-); 2. Johan Axel Almquist, Stockholm (1870-1950); 3. F. Zisska & R. Kistner, München, Auktion 18/I, 8.10.1991:5.
Commentary Possibly the only complete Scandinavian illuminated medieval MS in private hands.
See also MS 1577, Calendar, Sweden, ca. 1500
Place of origin Sweden
Dates ca 1400 - 1460

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