Sunday, 3 April 2016

An Unrecognised Book of Hours Made for Philip the Good [III]

I said in a previous post that I would give a list of the contents of Smith College, MS 288.
Smith College, MS 288, fol. 143r [source]
As the manuscript has a considerable number of unusual prayers, I provide here a detailed (but not exhaustive) list of its contents, so that, once indexed by Google and other search engines, researchers looking for unusual incipits may find this page.


  • (fols.1r-12v) Calendar, in French; fol.13r-v blank.
  • (fols.14r-16v) Prayer to be said by Philip the Good.
  • (fols.17r-23r) Gospel extracts from John, Matthew, and Mark; fol.23v blank.
  • (fols.24r-26r) The usual Gospel extract from Luke, preceded by Luke 16:18-20; fols.26v-28v blank.
  • (fols.29r-33v) Prayer "Obsecro te ... et mich famulo tuo .P.N. ...".
  • (fols.33v-38v) Prayer "O intemerata ... orbis terrarum. De te enim ...".
  • (fols.38v-41v) Prayer to be said at the Elevation of the Host: "Piissime et redemptor mundi domine ...".
  • (fols.41v-43v) Prayer "Pietate tua quesumus domine ..."; fol.44r-v blank.
  • (fols.45r-108v) Hours of the Virgin, Use of Rome the first leaves of Lauds, Prime, and Terce apparently missing, with full border at Sext (fol.78r); fols.83v-86v blank; with full border at None (fol.87r), Vespers (fol.92), and Compline (fol.101v).
  • (fols.109r-125r, rubric on 108v) The Seven Penitential Psalms.
  • (fols.125r-131v) Litany, petitions, and three collects.
  • (fols.132r-133v) The Verses of St Bernard, followed by the usual prayer "Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui Ezechie regis Jude ...", in the version ending "... misericordiam tuam invenire. Per ...".
  • (fols.133v-135r) Prayer "Gracias ago tibi domine Ihesu Christe salvator mundi ...".
  • (fols.135v-138r) A devotion to the Passion, consisting of a narrative based on the gospel of John, "In illo tempore. Apprehendit Pylatus Ihesum ...", followed by the prayer "Deus qui manus tuas et pedes tuos ...".
  • (fols.138r-139v) A devotion to the Conception of the Virgin consisting of a hymn "Ave cuius conceptio ...", verse, and prayer "Deus qui nos conceptionis ...".
  • (fols.140r-142r) Prayers to be said at the Elevation, the first: "Ave principium nostre creationis ..."; fol.142v blank.
  • (fols.143r-145v)  "Expertum est in visione florida. que sancti apostoli salutabant beatam virginem Mariam dei genitricem hiis salutacionibus. Oracio devota. Petrus. Salve mater salvatoris ... Paulus Salve vite reparatum ... Andreas Salve mater Ihesu Christi ... Jacobus maior Gaude soror ... ".
  • (fols.146r-157v) Prayers to the Virgin:
    • (fols.146r-150v) "Te matrem dei laudamus ..."
    • (fols.151r-152r) "Sancta Maria mater dominum nostri Ihuesu Christi. In manus filii tui ...".
    • (fols.152r-153v) "O Maria flores rosa ..."
    • (fols.153v-154v) "Obsecro te Maria mater summe benignitatis ..."
    • (fols.154v-156r) "Gloriose virginis Marie ad laudem et honorem eius sacra nomina ..."
    • (fols.156r-157r) "Laude [usually Gaude] mater virgo Christi que per aurem concepisti ...".
    • (fol.157r-v) "Deus qui beatissimam virginem Mariam in conceptu et partu ...". 
    • (fol.157v) "Esto mecum gloriosa virgo Maria ...".
  • (fols.158r-162v) Prayers to orders of angels, archangels, powers, etc.: 
    • "O beatissimi angeli in ierarchia inferiori primi ..."
    • "O beatissimi archangeli super angelos constituti ...", etc., ending with cherubim and seraphim
  • (fols.162v-163v) "Domine Ihesu Christe esto michi adiutor guberator et sonsolator in die isto ...".
  • (fol.164r) "Benedicat me deus pater custodiat me Ihesus Christus ..."
  • (fols.164r-165r) "Deus qui solus naturaliter bonus es ac pius ..."
  • (fols.165r-168v) "Domine Ihesu Christe redemptor mundi deffende me de manu inimicorum meorum ...".
  • (fols.168v-172v) "Miserere mei deus et dirige me rex angelorum ...".
  • (fols.172v-173v)  Elevation prayer "Domine Ihesu Christe qui hanc sacratissimam carnem ...". 
  • (fols.173v-174v) "Ante conspectum divine maiestatis tue domine ...".
  • (fols.174v-175v) "Deus qui non mortem sed penitenciam desideras ...".
  • (fols.175v-176r) Prayer to be said before mass "Quidquid ego miser indignus et peccator in hac missarum celebratione ...".
  • (fols.176v-177r) "Domine Ihesu Christe ego miser peccator rogo te et ammoneo te pro tua nobili humanitate in cruce mortua ...".
  • (fol.177r-v) "Domine Ihesu Christe salvator et redemptor tocius mundi rogo te et ammoneo te ... ".
  • (fols.177v-178r) "Domine Ihesu Christe rogo te et ammoneo in honore illius gaudii ..."
  • (fols.178v-182r) Four prayers, to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and Trinity; the first "Domine deus pater omnipotens qui coeternum coequalem atque consubstancialem ...".
  • (fol.182v) "Rege quesumus domine famulos tuos ducem nostrum atque ducissam Burgondie et liberum eorum ..."
  • (fols.183r-186r) A prayer to one's gaurdian angel "Obseco te angelice spiritus cuius prouisioni [sic? usually providendum] commissus sum ...".
  • (fols.186r-187r) "Domine deus rex celi et terre et creator omnium ...".
  • (fols.187v-190v) A devotion consisting of rhyming verse prayers to Sts John the Baptist and Evangelist, in alternating stanzas "Due gemma claritatis speculum castitatis ...", followed by a verse and prayer.
  • (fols.191r-193v) "Sequitur oracio devota de appostolis. [sic] Et primo de sancto Petro appostolo. O pater beatissime appostolorum maxime ... Pauli ... Andrea ... Ad omnes pariter ... ".
  • (fols.194r-197v) "Oracio ad honorem beati Pauli appostoli. O celestis aule / Magne predicator Paule ...", followed by a verse and prayer.
  • (fols.198r-201r) "Oracio devota ad beatam virginem Mariam. Ave mundi spes Maria / Ave mitis. ave pia / ... ".
  • (fols.201v-206v) "Sequitur oracio devota. Domine deus Sabaoth. deus Adonay. deus Abraham. ... "; fol.207r-v blank.
  • (fols.208r-211v) Prayer on the Seven Last Words of Christ "Domine Ihesu Christe qui pendens in cruce dixisti ... ".
  • (fols.212r-219r) "Domine exaudi oracionem meam quia iam cognosco tempus meum prope esse ...".
  • (fols.219r-222r) Prayer of Thomas Aquinas "Concede michi misericors deus ...".



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