Update: after this post was published on May 21st, it was shared widely on social media. A librarian from Croatia got in touch on May 22nd to inform us that the manuscripts in question are from Zagreb. They are, according to her, “Cantuale/Passionale Zagrabiense, sign. III d 181 from the Archives of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb (Croatia) (the one with the signature of Paulus Jagattich who was a canonicus of the Zagreb Cathedral); and Missale Zagrabiense, sign. IV c 59, also from the Archives of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (the one with the crucifixion before Te igitur). ” Note that I had mistranscribed the name of the canonicus as Jagadich (mea culpa). ~Christina Linklater, Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library

Recently, we noticed a curious record for one of Isham Memorial Library’s microfilms.

This HOLLIS record describes a microfilm of a mysterious manuscript from Eastern Europe. The library where the original manuscript resides is not identified, nor are any identifying numbers given.

The HOLLIS record for Isham Memorial Library microfilm 3522.232.55.1.

Upon loading the film into the microform reader, Isham staff discovered that the 16th-century chronicle component was 14 folios long and bound in at the front of the manuscript The missal that follows is about 200 folios and includes a page signed Paulus Jagadich, Can.cus Zagrabinss, 1629.

Pages from an unidentified manuscript on a microfilm at the Isham Memorial Library.

Isham Lib. 3522.232.55.1

Where does this manuscript come from? And when? Who was Paulus Jagadich? Isham’s 40,000 microfiches, microfilms and microcards reproduce the holdings of countless libraries, and to walk among the microform stacks is to take a virtual tour of Europe and North America. How frustrating not to know whether this film comes from a library with other Isham holdings that this film could live among — the microforms are organized by holding library, by and large: the British Library in one case, the Bibliothèque nationale de France in another, and so forth. Not to have a RISM number or shelfmark for the original is frustrating. Suggestions will be gratefully received.

Scans for this post were created by Natasha Roule; prose was written by the Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library Christina Linklater.