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Auction 190, Lot 702


"[Music] Missa Vot. de SS. Sacramento", Anon.

Subject: Music

Period: 1750 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13.1 x 19.1 inches
33.3 x 48.5 cm
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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.

This sheet of vellum includes part of the Votive Mass of Saint Sacrament. The sheet has two decorative capital letters illuminated in red, green, and gold, and floral and vine decorations in the borders. Beginning with the large "D" on recto, the text translates as:

The Lord will purify the children of the light, and they will be sacrificial offerings in Justice; and the sacrifice of Jerusalem will please the Lord, as the days of the century, and as the years of old.


Condition: A

Very minor soiling with a couple of extraneous creases.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 11/16/2022