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Auction 100, Lot 551

"[Antiphonal Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Music

Period: 1600 (circa)



9 x 13.2 inches
22.9 x 33.5 cm

The origins of liturgical music traditionally date back to St. Gregory the Great (d. 604), who was inspired by the Holy Dove to record the principles of 'Gregorian' chant. The Gradual contained the musical parts of the Missal and was sung from the steps (gradus) of the altar. The Antiphoner contained the musical sections of the Breviary. These terms have become interchangeable in modern times. Because of their size and complexity, these manuscripts were still being handmade in the traditional way for centuries after the introduction of printing. They were boldly hand-written and illuminated on large sheets of sturdy vellum so that the entire choir could read from one book.

Nice sheet of vellum written in black ink with each verse beginning with alternating red and blue initials. Recto includes one large initial decorated in beautiful red and blue penwork.


Condition: A

Slight toning of vellum.

Estimate: $200 - $240


Closed on 9/12/2002