Messe pour les Époux

Accession number: 
MS M.658
Messe pour les Époux
Belgium, 1915.
Previously in red morocco, blind-stamped in a 14th-century monastic style; signed by Marguerite Duprez Lahey; in slip-case; her business card, with comments on the binding, is in the curatorial folder for this manuscript; replaced with modern buckram clamshell binding, July, 2001.
Purchased by J.P. Morgan (1867-1943) in 1921.
13 leaves (1 column, 27 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 150 x 110 mm
Abbaye de Maredret, Belgium; purchased by J.P. Morgan (1867-1943), through Sir Frederic G. Kenyon, Director of the British Museum, in 1921.

Ms. nuptial Mass; written and illuminated in Belgium at the Benedictine Abbaye de Maredret between 1914 and 1915; the colophon on fol. 13 states that the manuscript was finished on the Feast of the Trinity in 1915.
Texts: nuptial Mass in a French traslation followed by the original in Latin; the colophon on fol. 13 is in Old French; inserted in the manuscript is correspondence in French that explains the history of the manuscript during its composition, including the fact that it was hidden during the German invasion of Belgium--Cf. PML files.
Scribe: written by the nuns of the Abbaye de Maredret.
Musical notation: 4-line staves in red ink with musical notes.
Decoration: 3 full-page and 5 large miniatures; 10 historiated initials; and 21 historiated bas-de-page compositions depicting scenes from World War I, with illuminated borders in a 14th-century style.
Artist: the nuns of the Abbaye de Maredret.

French and Latin, colophon in Old French