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Gradual of Dominican use, Italy., 1st half of 16th century.

Identifier: MS.25242

Scope and Contents

A large choirbook containing the Sanctorale (folio 1), the Temporale from Christmas Eve to Corpus Christi (folio 75), 'In consecratione ecclesiae' (folio 136) and the Creed (folio 139). The Sanctorale includes offices for the feasts of Saints Peter Martyr, Antonino, Archbishop of Florence (canonised in 1523), Catherine of Sienna, Dominic (translation and feast), Vincent Ferrer, and Thomas Aquinas. The manuscript is illuminated throughout with large red and blue initials on penwork grounds.

Two bifolia from a late 12th-century Italian homiliary have been used as endpapers and pastedowns.

All the sermons are on the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke X, 30). They include a sermon by St Augustine (Migne, Patrologia latina xxxix, columns 1340-1341), and one attributed to St John Chrysostom (folio ii).

Two large initials decorated with foliage have been outlined in ink but not coloured.


  • Creation: 1st half of 16th century.

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146 Leaves ; 500 x 360 millimetres.

Language of Materials

From the Series: Undetermined


ii + 144 folios. Collation: 1², 2⁸, 3-6¹⁰, 7⁸, 8-15¹⁰, 16⁶. Two columns; 42 lines (probably 44 originally).

Custodial History

Formerly the property of Alessandro Castellani (sale in Rome, 29 March 1884, lot 840); Edinburgh Museum of Science and Art, 1884.


Migne, Jacques Paul. 'Patrologia latina' (Paris, 1844-1891).

Physical Description

Vellum. Bound in red sheepskin over original boards, with metal corners and bosses added.

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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