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Book Condition: Very good
Folio (19" x 14"). Single leaf. A 14th-century German antiphonal leaf featuring a devotional verse chanted as part of the liturgy in Latin.
Each page contains 11 four-line staves of music above 11 lines of text in a fine formal Gothic (littera textualis/textura) script. Text and musical notation in black with red staves and stave notation; small capitals with rubricated ascenders; two-line initials on recto in brown with brown and red penwork as well as alternate red and blue initials with contrasting penwork; two-line initials on verso alternately in red and blue with contrasting penwork; rubrics.
The present manuscript leaf is part of a antiphonal (antiphonary), a book of Roman Catholic liturgical music that is performed by two choirs in interaction, often singing alternate musical phrases. An Antiphonal of the size of the present example was meant to be shared by a number of people at the same time. The large initial letters, which could be seen more clearly in dim light, helped people see the divisions in the text, mark important passages, or know when to start singing.
Very good with some soiling to the upper edge; soiling and a light tide mark on the fore-edge; lacks a 2" x 1" piece of the margin lower corner