Two fragments of leaves from a Sequentiary

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Two fragments of leaves containing parts of the sequences 'Eia Recolamus laudibus piis digna' and 'Natus ante secula dei filius' for Christmas on the first leaf; and 'Festa christi omnis christianitas celebret' for Epiphany on the second. The manuscript was probably written in South-west Germany in the 14th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

A sequentiary is a book, or portion, of a Gradual or Troper containing sequences (extended melodies) sung by a soloist between the Alleluia and the Gospel lesson at Mass.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Other Finding Aids

See R. Watson 'Descriptive lists of fragments of medieval manuscripts in the University of London Library' (1976).

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

346 x 200 mm. 10 lines of text and music; initials in red; red capitals; rubricated; oblique square notation on staves of 4 lines rules in red; C clef.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

Formerly pasted on pasteboard covers in the late 16th century binding of 'Ali ben Ragel, De Iudiciis Astrorum (Basle, 1571), from the Harry Price Library at the University of London Library (Ref: HPL ['Ali] Rare Books Case folio). The book has a quarter binding, with roll stamp of figures representing Faith, Hope, Charity and Justice, done in Germany.

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