[Gospel lectionary (Cistercian use) : manuscript
 leaves : music. Vellum, 215 x 160 mm.
Early paging in ink, centre top margin; earlier foliation in faded ink in top outermost recto of the Temporal section, mostly trimmed. A further foliation sequence starts again with '1' (leaf ) in the Sanctoral section. Modern foliation in pencil, top outer corner rectos.
Collation: i⁸ (-1 and 2), ii-xi⁸, xii⁸ (-6), xiii-xv⁸, xvi⁸ (-8), xvii⁸, xviii⁸ (-2), xix-xxi⁸, xxii⁸.
Ruled very lightly in lead.
Angular 12th-century minuscule in 17 long lines per page.
Gospels generally marked with the punctus and punctus elevatus, commonly used in the Cistercian order.
Passion Gospels for Holy Week include superscript letters in red (c, +, and a) to indicate the different roles taken by litugical readers; musical notation also added in places to indicate pitch and tone variations.
Includes  p. of Gregorian chant for the "Exultet" (leaves [94v-98]).
Lines of text completed below the last ruled line are boxed in red by the scribe.
With three- to five-line red, dark blue, or green initials throughout; corrosive green pigment has left holes in places, in some cases with the entire initial now missing.
Early repairs at leaves [26, 62, 83 & 119].
Leaf following  wanting and replaced by a blank.
Text roughly scraped away on leaf .
Bound in modern, plain vellum; edges dyed blue.
Written for a Cistercian monastery in Spain or Southern France (Catalonia) at the end of the 12th century as indicated by the Sanctoral which agrees with Cistercian usage. The script, plain decoration, and details of spelling and abbreviation conventions also suggest a Spanish or southern French origin between 1185 and 1200, likely pre-1191.
Leaves [173-187] were added in 1603 (cf. date on leaf ), and leaves [188-189] followed in the eighteenth century.
Title from contents.
Purchased from Durtal, Paris in 1954 by a private collector, and then held by descent.