Leaves from a Missal

Medieval (Romanesque)
mid-12th century

Place of Manufacture: Italy


Overall (page dimensions of f. 1.): 16 x 21.1 cm (6 5/16 x 8 5/16 in.) Other (page dimensions of f.2 upper half): 14.4 x 21.3 cm (5 11/16 x 8 3/8 in.) Other (page dimensions of f. 2 lower half): 15.7 x 21 cm (6 3/16 x 8 1/4 in.) Other (approximate original page dimensions): 31.5 x 21.3 cm (12 3/8 x 8 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink on parchment

Not On View





Three half-leaves (two from same folio - folio 1 retains the upper half only, and is apparently consecutive with folio 2) from a Missal.

Feria 3 (station of St. Cyriacus) and feria 4 (station of St. Marcellus) of Passion week:
f. 1 (upper half only): …peccatorum et tuae propiatio maiestatis…/…autem die magno festivitatis sta….
f. 2 (two separate halves): …meus et non dereliquisti diligentes te…/…nec coram ceco pones offendi (includes John 7:1-13 and Lev. 9:10-14).

2 columns of originally 30 text lines in Latin. Boundings lines in blind, writings lines in blind.

Written in a Rotunda script in black ink with red rubrics. 2-line initials throughout, alternating red and blue.

Written in Italy in the mid-twelfth century. Used as covers and a flyleaf in the 17th century, probably for music sheets (“Basso” and “Tenor” written on one fragment).


By 1917, Denman W. Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA; 1917, gift of Denman W. Ross. (Accession date: February 15, 1917)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection