LARGE ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT GREGORIAN CHANT LEAF Spain c.1550 PSALMS, INITIALS!

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  • Sold Date: Jun 28, 2012
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Original Gregorian Chant from an Antiphonal, Spain, c. 1550-1600
MUSIC on a 5 LINE STAVE – PSALMS 91 & 138 (King James 92 & 139)
“...To show forth thy mercy in the morning, and thy truth in the night...”

IM-10264: An original hand-scribed leaf from a Spanish manuscript Antiphonal on animal parchment. The manuscript text and music (six lines of music on a five-line stave) were beautifully executed by hand over 400 years ago!!! This leaf measures 495 x 365 mm (19 5/8 x 14 1/4”).

ONE ILLUMINATED INITIAL IN RED SURROUNDED BY VIOLET PENWORK; ONE EXCEPTIONAL KNOT WORK (CADEL) INITIAL.

The knot-work initial begins Psalm 91 (King James 92) 3: "Ad annunciandum..." (To show forth thy mercy in the morning, and thy truth in the night). The illuminated "N" begins Psalm 138 (KJ 139) 17: "Nimis..." (But to me thy friends, O God...).

This leaf originates from Spain, c. 1550-1600 – this Choirbook once belonged to the Church of San Miguel, Pinã de Campos in Palencia, and was likely scribed there. This is an original, not a reproduction, and its condition is shown in the photos. There is an small, old patch with an area of darker staining in the upper right hand margin and bit of staining, some wrinkling of the vellum and wear to the text and music on this leaf – completely expected given its age

Antiphonals contain chants for the canonical hours of the Divine Office: first vespers or the vigil of great feasts, matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers and compline. They were used by priests, monks and nuns in churches and religious enclaves. The large size allowed them to be seen by multiple members of a choral section.

This leaf comes with a Certificate of Authenticity .

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