[Southern Germany : Diocese of Bamberg, 1460-1490]
Archive/Manuscript — 1 volume (164 parchment leaves), 100 x 70 mm.
This miniature Breviary is well-thumbed, probably a personal volume that could be carried in a pocket or sleeve of a nun. Not a complete Breviary with the full text of the Divine Office; instead, this manuscript includes the auxiliary Offices and prayers that were said throughout the day in addition to the Office, together with Compline, and other selected texts from the Office. Only Psalms 22-30 are copied, many of them with only their first line or "cue." The desire to produce a personal and portable volume may explain the contents of the volume.
The text begins with calligraphic letters "KL", some textual additions in several different hands, as well as 19th century notes on the text in red ink. Among the feast days for January two obits have been inserted by a contemporary hand. The first states, following the obit symbol, that Nicholas the parish priest ("plebanus") left a legacy of ten solidi under a pledge/pawn. The second indicates that another Nicholas, the treasurer ("sacellarius") and his legal wife made a bequest to the parish priest under pledge/pawn. [from dealer description]