The top end of the market for European Medieval illuminated books is driven by a couple of dozen private collectors and a handful of public institutions, Although the best material is now extremely rare, it is very wide in range, as it includes manuscripts in Hebrew and Greek, bibles, psalters, the ancient classics, medieval chronicles, texts ranging from science to music, missals, breviaries
and the ever-popular Books of Hours.
This office is found in breviaries
, Psalters, and books of hours.
28) This list of powerful women provides other models as well, creating an exalted community of saints known for their earthly and spiritual fertility that appears in slightly varying form in many Brigittine breviaries
These books--antiphonaries, breviaries
, epistolaries, evangelaries, graduals, lectionaries, missals, ordinals, processionals, and psalters--were designed for and used in the liturgy on a daily basis, but they also have codicological, musical, and artistic significance.
Newman published a collection of Latin hymns from the Roman and Paris Breviaries
, Hymni Ecclesiae, in 1838.
There we sit, like monks in our cells, musicians at our harpsichords, turning the pages of our obscene breviaries
8) Most recently, Lynette Muir has provided texts for the responsories as found in English manuscript breviaries
from Hyde Abbey and York.
The collection is full of interesting monastic tomes (mainly Benedictine), Catholic saints and missionaries (as well as some Protestant) and prayer books, missals and breviaries