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MS 24: Antiphoner (Roman Use), 15th-16th century

Identifier: MS 24


The manuscript is an antiphoner, a liturgical book intended for use in the liturgical choir. It is written in Latin, dates from the 15th-16th century, and is of Italian origin. The use is that of Rome.

Starting on f.1v, the manuscript mostly consists of noted Anthems and Psalms for the year, beginning in Advent (Roman Use)

Hymns start on f.204v. They include First Saturday in Advent at Vespers; Vigil of the Nativity at Vespers, Matins, and Lauds; Epiphany; First Saturday in Lent; Ascension; Pentecost at Vespers and Matins; Te Deum; Joseph fili David; O Lux Beata (inserted 17th century)


Written in a large Italian Gothic hand with one or two hymns added at the end in ordinary running script. There are three types of initials: Gothic capitals in black, ornamented with heads and faces and touched with thin green and yellow; plain blue and red capitals, with penwork in red and purple respectively; and three-line initials, blue, with elaborate penwork in red, sometimes picked out with green.


  • Creation: 15th-16th century


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

The hand and general style of the book are Italian. Local connection does not seem to be indicated.

Previous reference

Laing 821.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Modern.

Collation: a5 (wants 1), b8-m8, n10, o6, p8-C8, D7 (wants 1) = 212.


43.82 cm x 31.12 cm


Secundo folio : text magnus et Christe

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 212, 6 lines to a page.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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