CONSECRATION OF A BISHOP, with other Pontifical texts, in Latin, DECORATED MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
[Germany, 1538 and 18th century]360 x 280mm. 58 leaves, 24 lines written in black ink in a gothic bookhand between two faintly ruled verticals, justification: 240 x 145mm, headings and additions in margins, extensive rubrics in red, text capitals touched red, one- and two-line initials alternately red or blue, two large initials in red and blue or blue, title with extensive strapwork flourishing, ff.3-21; 29 lines written in black ink in an 18th-century hand between two verticals ruled in brown, with musical notation on staves of two or four lines, justification: 260 approx. x 146 mm, rubrics in red, ff.23-46 (rubrics faded in later section where some leaves pasted over to carry corrected texts). Contemporary brown calf over pasteboard blind-stamped with panels and bands of antique decoration with title CONSECRATIO EPISCOPI on upper cover (restored and worn).
The binding may be south German in origin and the book was presumably written to celebrate a particular consecration. The added texts refer to a specific cathedral, perhaps Mainz, since altars of St Alban and St Margaret are mentioned in the rites for Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday, ff.23, 27v.
Title Consecratio episcopi f.2, Mass for the consecration of a bishop ff.3-5, rite for the consecration of a bishop, dated 1538 at end, ff.6-21; pontifical texts for Holy Week ff.23-43; prayers for vesting in full pontificals ff.44-46; ff.47-58 blank.