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Detailed record for Additional 30844

ff. 1-172 
Title Liber Misticus, Offices and Masses of the Mozarabic Liturgy from the feast of Mary to Pentecost
 
ff. 173-177 
Title Liber canticorum (fragment)
 
Origin Spain, N (Burgos)
Date 2nd half of the 10th century or 11th century
Language Latin
Script Visigothic minuscule
Decoration 40 major initials or monograms with zoomorphic, interlace, dot and geometric patterns in red, blue and yellow, some with green or purple, some with display capitals. 2 marginal pen drawings of Mary and Gabriel (f. 41r). A marginal image of a bird with seeds, in colours (f. 41v). Numerous initials outlined in red with green, blue or yellow. Rubrics and initials in red.
Dimensions in mm 390 x 300 (280 x 220) written in two columns
Official foliation ff. ii + 179 (ff. i, ii, 178 and 179 are added paper leaves + 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf and 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather over wooden boards
Provenance The Benedictine monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos: perhaps in the 13th-century book list inserted in Paris BNF N.A.L. 2169, f. 16v (Boylan, 'Library at Santo Domingo de Silos' (1992), p. 81, no 20); in the catalogue compiled by the librarian of Silos, Gregorio Hernandez in 1772, (Boylan,no 30); an 18th-century list of contents is attached (ff. i, ii) and an inscription written in Spanish in Add MS 30845, f. 1 states that the present manuscript was at Silos and was part of a set with Add MS 30845, 'Es de sanctos, el de las Dominicas es de este mismo cuerpo y letra y esta aqui en Silos'.
Rodrigo Echevarria y Briones, last Abbot of Silos (1790-1875) hid some of the books in the neighbouring villages and kept some with his personal archive after the dissolution of the monastery in 1835, when the archives were transferred to the provincial library at Burgos, according to Férotin, (Histoire de l'Abbaye (1897)
The Benedictine abbey of San Martin de Madrid, a dependency of Silos, the personal archive of Echevarria was entrusted to them on his death in 1875 (see Férotin, Histoire de l'Abbaye (1897). In 1877, 69 manuscripts and incunabula including the present manuscript were sold by them to a Madrid bookseller for 16000 pesetas to raise money for the rebuilding of the Benedictine Abbey of Silos (see Boylan, 'Manuscript illumination' ( 1990), pp. 27-29).
Bachelin-Deflorenne, booksellers of Paris, in their sale of 55 manuscripts from the library at Silos on 1 June, 1878, lot 18.
Bernard Quaritch, London booksellers, bought from Bachelin-Deflorenne with the companion volume, Add. MS 30845 for 1700 francs, together with 13 other Silos manuscripts; purchased by the British Museum from them on 1 June, 1878 (a note on f. [i]).
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
For Boylan the illumination is evidence that the scribe of the Liber Canticorum (Part 2) is from Cardeña, Castile, but Diaz y Diaz describes him as Riojan (Boylan, 'Manuscript Illumination' (1990), p. 238).
Part 1 has catchwords.
Northern Visigothic neumes accompany the antiphons in Part 2.
Part 2 is damaged by water.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1876-1881 (London: British Museum, 1882), p. 119-20.

Walter De Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Ilustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 3.

D. J. Martial Blesse, 'Histoire d'un dépot littéraire', Revue Bénédictine, 4 (1897), 210-25.

D. Marius Férotin, Histoire de l'Abbaye de Silos (Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1897), pp. 258, 271.

F. Cabrol, H. Leclerq and M. Férotin, Le Liber Mozárabicus Sacramentorum et les Manuscrits Mozarabes, Monumenta Ecclesiae Liturgica, 6 (Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1912), cols. 804-20.

Manuel C. Diaz y Diaz, Index scriptorum latinorum medii aevi Hispanorum, 2 vols (Madrid: Salmanticae, 1958-1959), no. 402.

Ismael Fernandez de la Cuesta and Constancio del Alamo, ‘Fragmento de un salterio visigótico con notación musical’ in Revista de Musicología, 2.1 (1979), pp. 9-18.

Clyde W. Brockett, Antiphons, Responsories, and Other Chants of the Mozarabic Rite, Musicological Studies, 15 (New York: Institute of Mediaeval Music, 1968), no. 9, pp. 35, 36.

Manuel C. Diaz y Diaz, Codices visigoticos en la monarquia leonesa (Leon: Centro de Estudios e Investigacion San Isidoro C.S.I.C., 1983), pp. 402-04, 421.

Bonifatius Fischer, Die Lateinischen Evangelien bis zum 10. Jahrhundert, 4 vols (Freiburg: Herder, 1988-1991), I: Varianten zu Matthäus, p. 19*.

Michelle Brown, A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600 (London: British Library, 1990), pl. 15.

Ann Boylan, 'Manuscript illumination at Santo Domingo de Silos (Xth to XIIth Centuries), (unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Pittsburgh, 1990), pp. 237-39.

Ann Boylan, 'The Library at Santo Domingo de Silos and its catalogues (XIth-XVIIIth Centuries)', Revue Mabillon, nouvelle série, 3 (1992), 59-102, (pp. 70, 93).

Rose Walker, Views of Transition: Liturgy and Illumination in Medieval Spain, (London: British Library, 1998), p. 259, passim.

Augustin Millares Carlo, Corpus de códices visigóticos, 2 vols (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: UNED, 1999), I: Estudio, pp. 85-86 ; II: Album, no. 109.

Soledad de Silva y Verastegui, 'La miniatura en los códices de Silos' in Silos. un Mileno: Actos del Congreso Internacional sobre la Abádia de Santo Comingo de Silos, ed. by José A Fernández Flo´res, 4 vols (Burgos: University of Burgos, 2003), IV, Arte, p. 223.

Hispania Vetus: Musical-Liturgical Manuscripts from Visigothic Origins to the Franco-Roman Transition (9th-12th Centuries), ed. by Susana Zapke (Bilbao: BBVA Foundation, 2007), pp. 298-99.


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Liber Misticus, Offices and Masses of the Mozarabic Liturgy from the feast of Mary to Pentecost
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