Manuscript leaf from a 'libro coral', with music notation.

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Manuscript leaf from a 'libro coral', with music notation.

Description: single vellum leaf, (497 x 370mm), Iberian textualis rotunda, 6 2- or 5-line initials in alternating red and blue against square background of red or blue penwork with thin straight lines and arabesque, 7 5-line initials in calligraphic ropework, heightened in yellow, 5-line staffs ruled in red, plainchant 'puncta' in black ink, 7 lines (recto) and 16 lines (verso) of text in red or black ink, with decorative red fillets, versals heightened in yellow, rubricated leaf number 'viij' at head of recto, very light water stain extending from upper outer corner or upper edge on both sides (ink minimally smudged or faded in a couple of places), another very small one at half page of recto, a little creasing and finger-soiling to outer blank corners, traces of ancient binding, late 16thC ms. 'Dixit 7' to last 5-line staff of verso.

Publication Details: [Spain (Seville?)], [early to mid- 16th century]

Notes: A very large vellum leaf, in good condition, from a rubricated antiphonal, most probably produced in Spain in the early 16th century. The leaf includes the antiphon of the Octave of St John, Apostle and Evangelist (i.e., January 3), and the first line from the Octave of the Innocents, according to the traditional Roman liturgical calendar. The large size and plainchant music notation suggest this leaf comes from a 'libro coral', used by a choir. The notation, with a third-line F clef, includes a 'custos' at the end of each line, to anticipate the first note of the following line. The use of 's...more

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Price: £550

Subject: Music

Published Date: 16th century]

Stock Number: 69680

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