Missa in honor Sct et Indiuidue Trinitatis
(Trinity Sunday Proper),
RARE BX2015.9 .T7 1400
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections maintains a number of manuscript materials. This guide starts with the earliest manuscript from about 1150 A.D. and provides a highlight of our most significant manuscript pieces
These materials are available to researchers during the Department's regular service hours. Please see Book Use Rules and Guidelines for more information about accessing this material.
The manuscripts are listed in chronological order in three sections codex, collections (including summaries of the Pages from the Past and Fragmenta Manuscripta Collections), and leaves & miscellanea.
Priscianus. De Constructione. 119 1eaves. South Germany, third quarter 12th century
manuscript with late 15th or 16th century German pigskin, blind stamped binding.
Written in Romanesque (minuscule) book script on parchment. Large red initials,
first 5 lines in red, small initials and many Greek quotations accented by
red filling. Constitutes books 17-18 of the author's Institutiones grammaticae.
Books 1-16 are also known as Priscianus major, and books 17-18 as Priscianus
RARE RES PA6624.A4 1150
Raymond of Penafort, St. [Summa de poenitentiate et matrimonio] Italy-S. or France.
Manuscript probably 14th century. Foliation in roman numerals. Glosses numbered.
Seventeenth century Spanish binding, southern parchment and ink. Binder's
title: S. Raimund. D.P. Summa. An early manuscript with commentaries surrounding
the text, and ornamental initials in color. No title page or colophon. Foliation
in Roman numerals, but irregular and often indistinct due to closely cropped
pages. Bound in leather.
RARE RES BX1757 .R39 1200
Bible. Latin. [Biblia Latina] 1300. Bound in parchment ms. with neumic
notation over boards ; leaf  torn with part of 1 column wanting; small
stain on p. 1 partly hides incipit; trimmed, headings mostly lost. Prehumanistic
minuscule script; rubricated. Lectionary? with different pen on final 2 leaves.
Contents: Prol. in libros Salomonis -- Proverbia -- Ecclesiastes -- Canticum
canticorum -- Sapientia -- Ecclesiasticus -- Joshua -- Isaias --Jeremias
-- Ezechiel -- Daniel -- Osee -- Joel -- Amos -- Abdias -- Jonas --Michaeus
-- Nahum -- Habacuc -- Sophonias -- Aggaeus -- Zacharias -- Malachias --
Job - Judith -- Esther -- [Novum Testamentum]. Cover is a manuscript leaf
of a parchment page with nuemes and a Gothic script with red initial letters
from about about the same time.
RARE RES BS70 .B5 1300
La Turade, Bernard de. [Notarial registry] 1383-1393. 2 vol. Written
in several cursive hands covering various subjects: wills, marriage contracts,
sales, etc. Vol.  has parchment tab: 1383 Bernard De La Turade; v.  has
leather boss on center of front cover and tab with name and date: 1393. -
Vol.  has 47 numbered leaves + 1 leaf + 1 gathering of 10 leaves, of which
the first 36 have been nibbled by mice.
RARE RES DC95.A2N6 1383
Ambrosius, Saint, Bishop of Milan. Ambrosius Epus ad sorore sua Marcella
de virginitate. [146?] German-Alsace-Lorraine. Second half of the fifteenth
century. Manuscript written on 48 leaves of paper in a close chancery hand,
36 lines/page frame ruled, with headings and initials in red. 15th century,
original parchment binding.
RARE RES BV4647 .C5A4 1460
Catholic Church. [Fragments] Book of hours (Tory manuscript). 15??.
 leaves : parchment. Manuscript leaves from the atelier of Geofroy Tory written
in Latin in a fine humanistic roman minuscule, 33 lines to the page. With
capitals in gold on red or blue background, lines filled out with painted
decoration, and a decorative gold border. Border, which has simple loops
at corners and center top, and becomes more elaborate at bottom, is a rope
on both sides of two of the leaves, and a closely-trimmed vine or branch
on both sides of the other four. Text includes three leaves of prayers and
three leaves giving the calendar for May-June and September-December, and
hence has also been described as part of a psalter. Substitute note for our
leaves from the Books of hours (Ms. Tory): Two additional leaves of this
manuscript are also in the Library of the University of Missouri-Columbia
in the Fragmenta Manuscripta collection.
RARE RES BX2080 .A1 1500
Catholic Church. Missal (Prague, Czechoslovakia). 1501 182 leaves, 15
lines. Manuscript written in Prague [?] in large Gothic book script on paper.
Bound in late manuscript parchment on boards from an antiphonal. Includes propers
for translation of relics of St. Wenceslaus to St. Vitus' Cathedral, Prague
on f. 109. Rubrics in red; some initials in red, some in blue. Cover is a
manuscript leaf of a parchment antiphonal page with neumes and a humanistic
script dating from 15th or 16th century.
RARE RES BX2015 .A2 1501
Ovid. Metamorphoses. Second half of the 16th century. Italy. Written
in rounded humanistic script on paper. No title page, but each of the 15
books has half-title, sepia drawing at the beginning of text, and ornamental
sepia initial. Interlinear Italian translation in similar hand of first 24
leaves. Illustrated with pen drawings. 512 1eaf.
RARE RES PA6519 .M2 1550
Klammer, Balthassar. [Auszug aus allerley Rechtsbuchern] Luneburg,
between 1560 and 1578. With large inked chapter headings. These selections
from various jurisprudential works were compiled by Balthasar Klammer for
his son Otto who was entering public office. They were intended to provide
a concise handbook to clarify the confusing legal literature of the time.
RARE RES KK276 .K56 1560
Perez, Antonio. Carta de el secretaro, Antonio Perez, al duque de
Lerma de la manera que seharia de governar en la privanza. Between 1568 and
1579. 154 leaves. (13-18 lines per leaf). Manuscript written in Spain. Bound
in old parchment with red velvet ribbon place marker secured to cover by metal
seal with crown and decorative initials. Letter written by Antonio Perez,
secretary to Philip II of Spain, addressed to the duke of Lerma, providing
advice for princes on governing from privilege, illustrated with examples
from the Spanish court.
RARE RES JC393 .B3P4
Italian and English phrases. London? 1600-1626. Manuscript containing
90 pages of Italian phrases, accompanied by English translations, followed
by 30 p. of poetry, etc. Signed at end: Giouanni Aurelio, notario publico
de Londra. On front fly-leaf in ms.: "Questo libro appartene a mi Carlo Longland, April XXI, 1626." Accompanied by a seal in red wax, without a name.
RARE RES PC1121 .I82 1600
Dictionnaire historique et geographique de la Suisse. N.p., n.d. 283
RARE RES 914.94 D56
Homer. Selections. Compendium Homericum continens ex 27562 Iliados &c:
et Odysseee versibus. Verus tantum 4074 (nec eos ubique intergros) in quibus
appellativa utriusque Operis omnia, dialectj, et epitheta suis prout fierj
potuit, annexa substantivis una cum versione latina Limatiore inveniuntur....
[London. 1699-1713] 3 vols. Greek and Latine manuscript. Inserted in vol.
1: a pamphlet containing a manuscript index.
RARE RES 888 H8co
Seville (Spain). Catedral. Tesoro de la Sta Iglesia Patriarchal y
Metropolitana de la Ciudad de Sevilla / por Don Bernardo Luis de Castro Palacios,
Maestro de Ceremonias de la dicha Santa Iglesia. [Seville?, 17??] vol. 2
(21 lines). Vol. 2 is a manuscript in cursive script on wove paper. Recounts
events important of cathedral in calendar order: chronologically from Jan.
1 to Dec. 31st, but interfiling events of various years.
RARE RES DP402 .S45S4
Mémoire historique sur l'origine, l'essence et les droits de la Pairie
et du Parlement, Cor des Pairs. Paris, [December 29, 1763 to May 29, 1764].
376,  pp. A historical memoir of the origin, essence, and laws of Paris
and the Parliament. Attributed to Monsieur Drouyn de Vandeuil, first President
of the Parliament of Toulouse. Contains a history of France and register
of French royalty. There is also an extract of the minutes of the French
RARE FO KJV3747.F73 1763
Noyes James, The lucubrator; containing essays on various subjects.
[1797?] 155 p., folded manuscript sheet laid in. Holograph? Each essay is
dated, the first two only with the year 1794, most others with day and month.
The final essay is dated August 25, 1797.
RARE PS811 .N75L8
Macedo, Jose Agostinho de. Assim o querem, assim o tenhao: Satira
em o anno de 1811 ... pelo Executor de alta Justica. Holograph? A poem. 19
RARE RES PQ9261 .M2A8
Halford, Henry, Sir. An account of what appeared on opening the coffin of
King Charles the First, in the vault of King Henry the Eighth in St. George's
Chapel at Windsor, on the first of April, MDCCXIII. London: Printed for White,
Cochrane and Co., and J. Hatchard, 1813. After printed text is 22 pages of
manuscript additions, copied from contemporary works. Manuscript notes on
the title page read "Ex Libris Gulielmi Dewe, A.D. 1813".
RARE DA396.A2 .H34 1813
Auchey-les-Moins. St. Silvin (Abbey). Cartulaire imprime de l'abbaye
d'Auchy-les-Moins, copie en 1808 par M. L. A. Le Ver. Imprime en 1788 ou
1789. 1828? 629 p. Notes and folded map in pocket.
RARE RES 944.27 Au2
Brontë, Charlotte. The secret and Lily Hart : two tales / by Lord
Charles Willsby [Charlotte Brontë]. Verdopolis [i.e. Haworth?], 1833. 
p. 8 hand sewn leaves of Kraft paper 12 cm. x 11 cm. black ink wrapped in
maroon morocco cover 31 cm. x 12.5 cm. magnifying glass. Manuscript signed
at the end : Haworth, 1833, Charlotte Brontë. Written in an exceedingly minute
hand, almost impossible to read without the aid of magnifying glass. In case:
maroon morocco in brown upper case. On spine of the case: The secret. C.
Brontë. On the bottom: Haworth 1833. On front cover of the manuscript big
oval ink stain and 3 small ones, back cover has long 7.5 cm. ink stain and
2 small ones.
RARE RES PR4167 .S43
Shumard, Benjamin Franklin. Notes on geological survey of Missouri.
1856-1858. 3 vols.
RARE 557.78 Sh92n
Christoffel, Elwin Bruno. Infinitessimal geometrie.[between 1850 and
1900]  p. Paper; pencil (some ink) handwritten. Pages [80-96] blank.
Arranged in five chapters; chapter four is in two parts; some pages are dated
with month and day, not year. In German and English. May relate to the course "Infinitesimalgeometrie" Christoffel taught at the University of Strasbourg beginning in 1878. Cf. Butzer,
P.L. E.B. Christoffel.
RARE QA615 .C45 1850
Lawson, John Davison. Whist bibliography. n.d. Manuscript copy.
RARE 016.795 L44
Palmer, William Kimberley. [Scrapbook] n.d. Loose-leaf notebook containing
clippings, letters and miscellaneous material. It includes poems by W. K.
Palmer, some of them autographed.
RARE 040 P182
Field, Eugene. The monstrous pleasant ballad of the Taylor pup : original
manuscript / by Eugene Field. 1894 May 5. 13 leaves, bound. Poem. Holograph
signed. "I gave the printer's copy to Harb Taylor," signed E.F.--Leaf 1. Bound in dark blue morocco with gilt border and cover lettering;
blue moire endpapers with external papers bordered in gilt lined morocco;
last endpaper stamped "The Monastery Hill Bindery."
RARE RES PS1667 .M66 1894
Severance, Henry O. (Henry Ormal). The public library as a factor
in education (an essay). [Ann Arbor], University of Michigan, 1899. 29 p.,
SPEC MU Z718 .S4
Académie de Toulouse cours secondaires de jeunes filles de Condom,
cours préparatoire: exercises, 8 Octobre 1902-30 Juin 1903. 1903. 178 p.
Compositions françaises -- Orthographe -- Exercices de grammaire -- Anglais
-- Espagnol -- Arithmétique.
RARE PC2111 .A258 1903
Severance, Henry O. (Henry Ormal). History of the Library of the University
of Missouri. [Columbia], University of Missouri, 1911. 149 leaves. Typescript
with author's handwritten corrections; printed title page; 18 photographs,
chiefly ports of librarians, tipped in; 1 of the 18 is wanting. Another typescript
draft of the forward by President Jesse is laid in.
SPEC MU Z733 .M693S4 1911
Jesse, Mary Polk. The wind: a poem. The rain: a poem. 1920.  p.
Pamphlet; paper; ink watercolors, hand-lettered hand-colored paper covers.
A children's book; probably a student project in the School of Education,
University of Missouri-Columbia. Mary Polk Jesse was daughter of Richard
Henry Jesse, president of the University of Missouri. Last four pages blank.
SPEC MU PE1119 .J47 1920
Wulfekammer, Verna M. (Verna Mary). Pottery. 300 leaves. Paper; typescript,
ink handdrawn. Subject arrangement in chapters. Last leaf dated May 24, 1929.
With numerous, detailed pen and ink drawings. Title handlettered within border,
with title vignette.
SPEC MU TP808 .W8 1929
Williams, Tennessee. Beauty is the word. 13 leaves., illustrations. Columbia,
Mo., 1930. Play submitted by Thomas Lanier Williams for the University of
Missouri Dramatic Arts Club Dramatic Price Plays contest for 1930.
SPEC MU PS623 .D7 1930 no. 6
Wulfekammer, Verna M. (Verna Mary). Basketry. 160 leaves. Illustrations
include detailed pen and ink drawings, one watercolor. Title within ornamental
SPEC MU TT879 .B3W8 1930
Williams, Tennessee. Hot milk at three in the morning: a one act play.
8 leaves. Columbia, Mo., 1932. Play submitted by Thomas Lanier Williams for
the University of Missouri Dramatic Arts Club Dramatic Price Plays contest
SPEC MU PS623 .D7 1932 no. 13
Berry family. The Berry family history. 1936-1958. 6 vols. v. 1. Correspondence.--v.2.
Information.--v.3. Book draft.--v.4. Other manuscripts.--v.5-6. Correspondence.
Typescript (some carbon copies) and holograph correspondence of J. H. Berry,
of L. E. Berry, and of M. R. Riley and other genealogical material used in
preparation of: Hudson Berry and his descendants, by Lloyd E. Berry, and,
A compilation of the Berry, Gaines, and Harrison families, by Mary R. Riley.
Vol. 3 is a typescript draft of the book with 1956 copyright notice.
RARE CS71 .B526 1936
Gentry, North Todd. University building with nine names: paper. 1937.
9 leaves, 1 leaf of plates. Typescript, with photograph of painting. Building
erected 1857 at 7th and Elm Streets, known successively as Primary School
Building, English Building, President's House, Normal School Building, Model
School Building, English and Art Building, Medical Building (twice), and
Library Building, and razed in 1903.
SPEC MU LD3475.M4 G4
Russell, Bertrand. How to Become a Philsopher. How to Become a Logician.
How to Become a Mathematician. 1942. 95 leaves. Holographic manuscript of three
essays published in pamphlet format as nos. 7, 8 and 9 of the "How-To Series"
by E. Haldeman-Julius in 1943. Contains letter of donation from the publisher to the
Missouri Academy of Sciences dated 1943. The published pamphlet is included in a pocket
on the inside back cover.
RARE RES B1649.R91 H355 1942
Brabner, Joyce and Harvey Pekar. Our cancer year. 1992. 135, 132 leaves.
Computer typescript. Script of comic book without illustrations, but with
panels of illustrations numbered and indicated in script. Two versions of
script with slight revisions. Without illustrations of Frank Stack.
COMIC RC265.6.F45 B73 1992
An antiphonal for part of the
service for the Feast of St. Paul.
Uncatalogued Manuscripts Folder #10
Fragmenta Manuscripta is a collection of manuscript leaves and fragments dating from the eighth to the seventeenth century. Originally gathered by seventeenth century book collector John Bagford, the collection offers scholars examples of book hands, decorations, and texts.
The Fragmenta Manuscripta collection has been completely digitized and is available through the Digital Scriptorium.
Pages from the Past is a collection of manuscript and rare book leaves compiled and sold by a New York book dealer Alfred W. Stites from 1964 to 1967.
Each set of Pages from the Past is unique. This collection is labeled Set no. I, "The History of the Written Word”. This is version “B” from the Stites’ third “release” of sets. Within the set I it is no.14 of 15 sets.
Officium Beate Marie Virginis. 1 leaf. France [?], c, 1250. By an Italian
scribe on parchment. Originally from a work of approximately 300 pages that
was in the collection of the late Lord Berwick of Shrewsbury, England. Parts
of the manuscript may date from the eleventh century.
RARE FO Z113 .P3 Vol. 1 No. 7
Registrum Brevium. 1 leaf. England. 1350. Red and blue initial letters
in Latin. From a manuscript with records the judicial proceedings in the
reign of King Edward III, including the cases tried in the Court of Law at
RARE FO Z113 .P3 Vol. 1 No. 8
[Manuscript leaf]. 14th century? 1 parchment leaf trimmed to fit between
panel areas between the bands, forming the back lining of spine of Francesco
Filelfo's Epistolae, 1488. Leaf is adhered to wood board cover. Gothic script
with two columns of text and marginal gloss. Red parenthetical letters. Extensive
worm holes on upper and lower margins.
RARE RES PA8520 .F5 E6
Catholic Church. Missa in honor Sct et Indiuidue Trinitatis. [Proper,
Trinity Sunday] [1st quarter of 15th cent.?]  leaf (31 lines). Manuscript
written in France (Paris?) in formal Gothic minuscule script on parchment. Recto
bordered by flowering ivy-leaf vine sprouting from large red initial with
blue and gold-leaf background. Smaller gold-leaf initials throughout.
RARE RES BX2015.9 .T7 1400
Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo. [Soliloquia. 1433] Incipit liber
soliloqiorum sancti Augustine episcopoli. Manuscript in two small Gothic
book hands; p. - apparently a different hand from the rest. Titles
in red; rubricated initials in alternate red and blue with penwork of opposite
color. Bound in leather over boards; blind stamped quartered lozenge on front
and back; 9 bosses front and back wanting. 211 p., 23 lines.
RARE RES BR65 .A87 1433
Simon, de Cermona. Sermones. Buxheim, Germany, 1434. 1 leaf, 30 x
22 cm. Written in Latin in a quasi-cursive gothic script, rubricated. From
a Latin manuscript dated 1434, containing the "Sermones" of Simon de Cremona, prepared in the Scriptorium of the Carthusian monastery
at Buxheim. Casper Misnensis was the scribe.
RARE FO Z113 .P3 Vol. 1 No. 9
Bible. O.T. Leviticus XXVII, 21-34. Latin. Incipit: quia ai iubilei
veneit dies. 1 leaf (30 lines). Manuscript written in Bohemia (?) in late
Gothic script on parchment. "cus" in top margin of left column of recto. Contains last 14 verses of Leviticus,
followed by selections from, or paraphrases of parts of, Numbers. The 2 columns
of recto separated by flowering vine around a staff growing from large initial
D at beginning of passage from Numbers, and spreading into upper and lower
RARE RES BS1254 .L3M6 1450
[German Manuscript] Germany, c. 1450. 1 leaf. Written in German with
a gothic script. Blue and red initial letters. A religious work of unknown
RARE FO Z113 .P3 Vol. 1 No. 10
[Manuscript leaves]. 13th to 14th century. 2 parchment leaves trimmed
to fit between panel areas between the bands, pasted together to form back
lining of spine of Julius Firmicus Materinus' De natiuitatibus, 1499. Cords
are stitched through manuscript leaves and attached to cover. Minute Gothic
script with marginal notations (chiefly Roman numerals). Red and blue Roman
numerals and two pen-flourished initials.
RARE RES QB41 .F5 1499
Catholic Church. Pope, 1513-1521 (Leo X). Letter, 1517 Mar. 27, Rome,
to Ottaviano Fregoso, Doge of Genoa. [Genoa?] 1 leaf. (29 lines). Manuscript
written by Ludovico degli Arrighi at Rome in a chancery script on parchment,
signed by Jacopo Sadoleto as Papal Secretary.
RARE RES D221 .C3L4 1517
Hunt, Leigh. [Autograph letters and other Leigh Hunt material] 1 box.
RARE 828 H913au