Digital Medieval Manuscripts at Houghton Library
Bibliography for Harvard University, Houghton Library,
MS Lat 388
The Houghton Library Report of Accessions. Cambridge, MA: Harvard College Library, 1979. MS cited on pp. 6-7. HOLLIS
A brief description without call number in a report of annual accessions.
Anna Zayaruznaya. “In Defense of Green Lines, or The Notation of B-flat in Early Ambrosian Antiphoners,” pp. 33-56 in Ambrosiana at Harvard: New Sources of Milanese Chant, Edited by Thomas Forrest Kelly and Matthew Mugmon, Cambridge, Mass.: Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library, 2010. MS cited pp 33-56. HOLLIS
This MS is one of the oldest surviving manuscripts of Ambrosian chant, dating perhaps from the late twelfth century. It provides important evidence about a notational peculiarity of Ambrosian manuscripts, a horizontal green line that indicates the presence of B-flat. Such lines have often been thought to be later additions to manuscripts originally made without them. Using paleographical and codicological findings, the author analyses and describes the copying and revision of four Ambrosian antiphoners. The “green lines” in the title are the starting point for an investigation with a number of significant observations and conclusions.
Barbara Haggh. No. 306, in “Bulletin Codicologique 2011, 2,” in Scriptorium 65.2 (2011). MS cited pp. 135*-136*. HOLLIS
A full summary of the contents of Ambrosiana at Harvard: New Sources of Milanese Chant (2010). “This meticulously produced book not only reconfigures the history of Ambrosian chant, but presents for the first time a substantial number of sources inviting further investigation, not the least the Houghton mss.”