Chicago, The Newberry Library, 24 | Cantus Manuscript Database

Chicago, The Newberry Library, 24

US-Cn 24
Franciscan breviary from central Italy. Thirteenth century, possibly from the first half. 197 x 140 mm. Central-Italian staff notation. Cathedral Cursus. 266 folios and 2 paper flyleaves.
Liturgical Occasions

Ff.1-3: Various additions, identified by van Dijk (1956). Ff. 4-30: Psalter. Ff. 30-33: Franciscan litany; Kalendar.
Ff. 34-160: Temporale. 34r, First Sunday of Advent; 50r, Christmas; 52v, Stephen; 62v, Epiphany; 68r, Dominical and Ferial Offices; 79r, Septuagesima; 86v, Ash Wednesday; 111r, Triduum; 117r, Easter; 132v, Pentecost; 135v, Histories. Ff. 160-164: Lessons, General Rubrics.
Ff. 164v-235v: Sanctorale. 164v, Andrew; 167v, Lucy; 170r, Agnes; 173v, Purification; 175v, Agatha; 186r, John the Baptist; 189r, Peter and Paul; 198v, Laurence; 201r, Assumption; 205v, Nativity of Mary; 209v, Michael; 212r, Francis; 216r, Elizabeth of Hungary; 217r, Clare of Assisi; 218v, Mary of the Snows; 229r, All Saints; 231r, Martin; 233r, Cecilia; 235r, Clement.
Ff. 236r-247v: Common of Saints. Ff. 247v-249v: Dedication of a Church. Ff. 249v-250r: Votive Offices for Mary. Ff. 250r-253v: Office of the Dead. Ff. 253v-257v: Invitatory tones. Ff. 258r-260r: Additions, identified by van Dijk (1956). Ff. 260v-263v: Corpus Christi Office. Ff. 264v-265r: Office for Anthony of Padua. Ff. 265v-266v: Additional material, identified by van Dijk (1956).


A number of late additions (to the kalendar and in other marginal notes) suggest an association with Perugia (see van Dijk, 1956), but the location where the manuscript was first produced is uncertain. The manuscript has been at the Newberry Library since the late nineteenth century. The differentiae of each mode have been numbered with a two-digit system: an upper-case letter indicating the final pitch of the differentia and a sequentially ordered numeral. Differentiae that vary in terms only of immediately repeated notes, presence/absence of liquesence or neumation are give the same differentia code, but are distinguished with a lowercase letter in the first column of the “Extra” field.

The codes for differentiae and chants not found in CAO in this index are consistent with those used for the other Franciscan manuscripts in the database:

Assisi, Biblioteca comunale, 693
Assisi, Biblioteca comunale, 694
Assisi, Cattedrale San Rufino - Archivio e Biblioteca, 5
Budapest, Egyetemi Könyvtár (University Library), lat. 118, 119, 122, 121
Città del Vaticano (Roma), Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, lat. 8737
Fribourg (Switzerland), Bibliothèque des Cordeliers, 2
München, Bayersiche Staatsbibliothek, 12o Cmm 1 (St. Anna Kloster)
Napoli, Biblioteca nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III, vi. E. 20

    Selected Bibliography

    • Mitchell, Andrew W. “The Chant of the Earliest Franciscan Liturgy.” Ph.D. diss., The Unversity of Western Ontario, 2003.
    • Saenger, Paul. A Catalogue of the pre-1500 Western Manuscript Books at the Newberry Library. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.
    • van Dijk, S.J.P. and Joan Hazelden Walker. The Origins of the Modern Roman Liturgy: The Liturgy of the Papal Court and the Franciscan Order in the Thirteenth Century. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1960.
    • van Dijk, S.J.P. “Some Manuscripts of the Earliest Franciscan Liturgy.” Franciscan Studies 14 (1956): 60-101.

    Notes on the Inventory
    The index for US-Cn 24 was prepared by Andrew Mitchell (University of Western Ontario).
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