Codicology of Tufts University Ms. 7

Tufts University Ms. 7: Passio Domini nostri Ihesu Christi, is a 15th Century Italian collection of Gospel sequences suited to use in private devotion.

The book consists of 34 folios, or 68 pages, of parchment. The text is in a humanistic miniscule. Examples of humanist scribal practice include the use of ampersands, ligatures, and white vine initials. Rubrics to the four Gospels are in blue and gold, and there are three-line initials of burnished gold throughout the text.

In the 19th Century the book was owned by the English actress Ellen Terry. It was donated to Tufts by Walter F. Welch, Jr., Class of 1928, a gift acknowledged on June 16, 1965.



Codicology by Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Kuno Francke Professor of German Art & Culture, Harvard University. Andrea Gumushian, MA, Art History, Tufts University. Christopher Barbour, Curator of Rare Books, Tisch Library, Tufts University.