Elliott MS 2Fragment of gradual
Held by: Durham University Library: Elliott Manuscripts

Three separate leaves from an Italian gradual

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t2m6q182k16v.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: 3 leaves
Size: 310 mm x 230 mm

No pricking visible. Lightly ruled in grey. Written space 219 x 155 mm. 8 lines + stave; 6 lines without music, i.e. rubrics and cues, occupy 1 line + stave.


Written in a roundish textura, proficiently, with minims 3.5 mm high. The interlined red cross-references have smaller guides in pale ink. Notation: staves 4-line in red.

Musical notation: square, with a custos at the end of each line with a stalk at 45° up across the margin; on 4-line staves, ruled in red.

Alternating red and blue initials with flourishing in red or blue (opposite colour to initial). Large illuminated initials (2 staves high): 2/1v - O in pale brown with red and green foliage within on a blue background. 2/3r D in pale brown and red on blue background.

Manuscript history

Written in Italy, 15th century.


An accompanying printed label identifies these fragments as coming from a Gradual formerly at Bradford Academy (Bradford, MA) recorded in De Ricci, vol. 1, p.963 as 4976 (see Schoenberg database of manuscripts record 33781). It was said to have been acquired in the 19th century from a priest at Pistoia Cathedral. Another leaf is now Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Typ 959 - http://fragmentarium.ms/overview/F-2wsc

£300 written in pencil on 2/3, with the bookseller's code “hqroo”. Note from Peter Kidd (1 March 2018 https://manuscriptroadtrip.wordpress.com/2018/02/25/fragmentarium-a-model-for-digital-fragmentology/comment-page-1/#comment-1759) reports: The price-codes on Elliot MS 2/2 and 2/3 show it to have been bought by Maggs Bros. in August 1981, and Elliott 2/3 appears in their Bulletin No. 11 (November 1982), no. 52 and pl. XV, with the Bradford Academy provenance noted (priced £300, as inscribed on the leaf).

Deposited with Durham University Library in 1984 by Dr. George Ball Elliott (1918-1994).

Manuscript contents
Incipit: ra seruite domino in letitia. Off. Iubilate
Explicit: Gr. Misit dominus verbum suum et
Language: Latin

End of First Sunday after Epiphany - Second Sunday after Epiphany starts mid-verso. Numbered in red half-way down the outer margin of verso [...]XXIII

Incipit: cavit turrim in medio
Explicit: ita desiderat anima
Language: Latin

Texts for Holy Saturday tracts ii-iv, with cues between ii and iii for prayers viii-x and lections ix-xi, and between iii and iv for prayers xi-xii and lection xii, followed by the rubric to tract iv “Hiis finitis descendendo ad fontes”. Numbered in red half-way down the outer margin of verso [...]LXXXVIIII

Incipit: luya. .V. Eripe me de inimicis meis
Explicit: Co. xxxiiii Accetab' sacrifi. Dominica .xja. post pentecosten. Introitus
Language: Latin

Texts for part 9th, whole of 10th and start of 11th Sunday after Pentecost. Numbered in red half-way down the outer margin of verso [...]CXXXIIII

Digitised material for Durham University Library Elliott MS 2 - 3 Gradual leaves
Digitised June 2017


Ricci, Seymour de, Census of medieval and renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York: H.W. Wilson, 1935-1962)

Lippe, R., ed., Missale Romanum Mediolani 1474, (London: Henry Bradshaw Society, 1899)