(Southern Germany: early 11th century). 330 x 222 mm. (12 7/8 x 8 3/4"). Single column, 28 lines of text with musical notation, in a late Caroline minuscule hand.

Rubrics in red, three large initials in red at the openings of major passages. With Medieval folio number in the upper margin, prickings visible, and several instances of marginal notations. Recovered from a binding and therefore with the expected moderate uneven browning, staining, and soiling, two visible folds, one corner creased, but very good specimens in a pleasing hand, entirely legible and with no loss to the text.

This leaf is a fine example of an early hand and musical notation, with numerous marginal annotations in contemporary and later hands. The rounded script is unmistakably Romanesque, but there is also evidence of earlier stylistic tendencies, particularly noticeable in the large rubricated initial "A." The main readings here are for the feasts of Sts. Fabian and Sebastian and St. Agnes. In the ample margins, other hands have added readings for St. Timothy the Apostle, and other, less legible notations. The intriguing addition of the name “Hymerehi ap[osto]li” in tiny script in the lower margin of this leaf probably refers to St. Imerius of Immertal (known variously as Himerius, Imier, and Immer), a 7th century hermit believed to have died in what is now known as Saint-Imier (near present day Berne). The inclusion of this unusual saint may be a clue to the manuscript's origins, or at the very least where it may have ended up. Although recovered from a binding and thus with a certain amount of soiling and creasing, the script and notation are very well-preserved and altogether pleasing.
(ST14396)

Keywords: music, neumes

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PJP Catalog: 75.003

WITH AN EARLY FORM OF MUSICAL NOTATION A VELLUM LEAF FROM A. CHOIR BOOK IN LATIN.