Printed. Two leaves from an unidentified and seemingly unrecorded printed processional, apparently of the Use of Hereford, dating probably from the 1540s. Used as flyleaves in a copy of Opus historiarum nostro seculo (Basel, 1540).
The music and text fonts used to print the processional appear to be those associated with the Antwerp printer Catherine van Ruremund in the early 1540s; they occur, for example, in Hymnorum cum notis opusculum usui insignis ecclesie Sarum subserviens (Antwerp: [colophon:] in officina vidue Christophori Ruremundenum impressum: sumptibus et impensis Joannis Coccii, 1541 (July)), a copy of which is located at Gibbs 229. The layout of the processional resembles that of the hymnal in every respect. Dimensions of pages (apparently untrimmed): c. 193 x 145 mm.
No Hereford processional, manuscript or printed, is known to
exist, and the identification of this fragmentary book therefore
depends upon liturgical evidence. The two surviving leaves contain
portions of responsories 4-6 for the procession before Mass on
Palm Sunday, the texts and order of which correspond to those
of the Hereford Missal, but not to the Sarum or York Missals.
Details as follows:
Microfilm: not included in the standard microfilm series.
Bibliography:William George Henderson, Missale ad usum percelebris Ecclesiae Herfordensis (Leeds, 1874; repr. Farnborough, 1969); the relevant portion of the Palm Sunday liturgy is given at p. 80.
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