ANTIPHONAL & GUIDE TO ECCLESIASTICAL CHANT

MS 198
MS Short Title ANTIPHONAL & GUIDE TO ECCLESIASTICAL CHANT
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  1. ANTIPHONAL: TEMPORAL AND SANCTORAL, FOR DOMINICAN USE
  2. GUIDE TO ECCLESIASTICAL CHANT, "CANTUS ECCLESIASTICUS", PERFORMANCE AND USE
Description MS in Latin on vellum, Germany, 1430, 2 vols., 266 + 257 ff. (complete), 32x25 cm + 33x24 cm, single column, 10 lines of text and music, in a formal Gothic book script of high grade, in square notation on a 4-line red staff with C- and F-clefs indicated, calligraphic initials throughout in red, blue or black, touched in red with often grotesque pen decoration, 18 large initials, mostly in blue on geometrically patterned red ground, 4 very large initials with elaborate decoration of birds with animal heads, animals or flowers, with full margin pen flourishes.
Binding Germany, ca. 1430, pigskin over heavy wooden red-painted boards , sewn of 5 thongs, brass centre and cornerpieces with bosses, leather clasps with brass catches. Original linen page markers on wooden holder, metal or vellum thumb tags.
Context
Provenance Lucy, Helen and William Pease (until 1988); 2. Christie's 7.12.1988:28.
Commentary Contemporary accounts of how to perform medieval music are rare, and important for our understanding of how we shall perform it today. See MS 034. Dated account noted by the scribe on f. 1 in both volumes, including prices of production.
Published Bookmarkers: Lois Swales and Heather Blatt: Tiny Textiles Hidden in Books: Toward a Categorization of Multiple-Strand Bookmarkers. In: Medieval Clothing and Textiles, vol 3. Boydell and Brewer, 2007, pp. 145-177.
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Boxing
Colophon
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Place of origin Germany
Dates 1430 AD

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