FROM AN ANTIPHONER IN LATIN.

(Spain: mid-16th century). 508 x 349 mm. (20 x 13 3/4"). Six five-line staves of music with text beneath.

Rubrics and staves in red, two tall gothic capitals painted in black, WITH A LARGE AND SPLENDID PUZZLE INITIAL (measuring about 127 x 145 mm.) painted in red and blue and decorated with intricate penwork in red, blue, and purple .
The leaf with some general soiling, a bit of yellowing to hair side of vellum, top margin trimmed rather close (but with no loss), a little wrinkling to lower margin, ink slightly faded in places, but overall in very good condition, THE INITIAL ESPECIALLY WELL PRESERVED.

This impressive leaf comes from a manuscript that would have been readily visible by even a large group of singers: in contrast to other Medieval and Renaissance choir books that contain as many as nine staves of music, this has five, and the text is, as a result, quite large and very easy to read even at a considerable distance. The Moorish influence on the arts of Spain is quite pronounced in the intricately decorated puzzle initial here, which incorporates several different patterning techniques. For additional leaves at different price points, please check our website.
(ST11551D)

Keywords: Antiphonary

Add to Cart Price: $1,500.00

PJP Catalog: 70.309

FROM AN ANTIPHONER IN LATIN. A VERY LARGE DECORATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A. PROMINENT PUZZLE INITIAL.