Digital Scriptorium
New York, New York Public Library, Spencer Collection,  NYPL Spencer 061
Description: ff. 291 - Bound in contemporary calf over wooden boards, tooled in blind and gold; four clasps (2 missing, another incomplete). - Unicorn in border (f. 186) may suggest Este patronage, i.e. for the Augustinian house of S. Andrea or for the church of S. Agoostino in Ferrara. Purchased for Spencer from Erwin Rosenthal; accessioned 1954. - Dict. Cat., Spencer Coll. M.L. D'Ancona, "Contributi al problema di Franco dei Russi," Commentari11 (1960) 35 ("Spencer" not stated); G. Mariani Canova, La miniatura veneta del Rinascimento...(Venice 1969) 26. - Jonathan J. G. Alexander, James H. Marrow and Lucy Freeman Sandler, The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the New York Public Library(London / Turnhout: The New York Public Library / Harvey Miller Publishers, 2005) n. 37.
Acknowledgments: - We thank Prof. Federica Toniolo for her extensive work towards the present description of this manuscript.
Number of Parts: 2 - Number of Images Available: 0
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Language: Greek Latin Country: Italy Century: 15th 10th

Part 1: ff. 1-291v
Description: - Parchment - 382 x 270 mm - 29 lines per page in two columns, ruled with black ink. Catchwords visible. Quinternions are the norm.
Country: ItalyCardinal point:
Region: VenetoCity: Ferrara?
Assigned Date: s. XV3/4Searchable Date Range: 1450 - 1475
Dated by scribe: YesInscribed Date: 1463
Document: NoNumber of Scribes: ;
Script: Italian round gothic
Artist(s): Franco dei Russi
Music: Square notation on 4-line red staves
Figurative Decoration: 40 historiated initials. 24 leaves lost; perhaps with miniatures (incl. Crucifixion); border drawings of humans, grotesques.
Other Decoration: 1- and 2-line red and blue initials with opposing-color penwork, often with penwork extending far into border. Border designs around historiated initials. Larger gold initials with red and blue penwork. Rubrics
Notes: Dated 1463 on f. 192. Latest saint in calendar is Nicholas of Tolentino, canonized 1446. Miniatures attributed by d'Ancona (see bibliography) to Franco dei Russi, and origin proposed in Ferrara. Latin
Number of Texts: 1

Text 1: ff. 1-291v
Title: Missal, Augustinian use
Language(s): Latin
Incipit: Lux fulgebit super nos
Explicit: Benedicamus domino.
Notes: Strips of parchment with writing in Greek visible under back pastedown. Attribution to Augustinian use comes from layout and decoration in the Proper of the Saints. 

Part 2: Binding reinforcement
Description: - Parchment - ? x ? mm
Country: UndeterminedCardinal point:
Region: City:
Assigned Date: s. XSearchable Date Range: 900 - 999
Dated by scribe: NoInscribed Date:
Document: NoNumber of Scribes:
Notes: Six strips of parchment (which contain 4-7 lines of text each and are partially exposed beneath the rear pastedown) have been used as spine lining for this Latin missal of Augustinian use. Greek
Number of Texts: 1

Text 1: Binding reinforcement
Language(s): Greek
Notes: Text is unidentified. Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffmann, "Catalogue of Greek Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Collections of the United States of America. Part II: The New York Public Library," Manuscripta50.1 (2006) 21-76, here 68. 
Status of text: Fragmentary