PRAYER BOOK, in Latin, DECORATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM AND PAPER
95 x 75mm. i + 16, 29(ix a singleton), 3-68, 7-86, 88, 96, 104(of 6, v and vi cancelled), 116, 1210, 136, 1410, 166, 178(of 10, ix & x pastedowns), gatherings 1, 11-17 on paper, 13-22-26 lines written in black and brown ink in a cursive German bookhand, by at least three different scribes, rubrics and large opening initials in red (first gathering loose, some soiling). Contemporary blind-stamped armorial calf over wooden boards, bound in the monastery of Neresheim, front cover with the legend: 'MONASTERIUM NERESHEIM HARMANNUS COMES DE DILLINGEN KYBURG FUNDATOR' enclosing the Dillingen-Kyburg arms with date 1584 at foot, lower cover with roll-tool border enclosing differing arms and initials W.G.Z.O., and repeated date 1584, four spine compartments with repeated blind-tooled fleuron, brass clasps (upper cover detached, corners worn).
1. The Abbey of Neresheim, near Noerdlingen, in Bavaria, founded by Hartmann I, Graf von Dillingen-Kyburg (1040-1121) and his wife, Adelheid, as a monastery of the Augustinian Canons. It changed to a Benedictine monastery in 1106, and it is likely that the arms on the lower cover of the binding are those of the abbot presiding in 1584.
Prayers and Psalms for monastic use.