THE NONATOLA PONTIFICAL

MS 1674
MS Short Title THE NONATOLA PONTIFICAL
Text PONTIFICAL AND FEASTS OF THE SAINTS, USE OF NONANTOLA
Description MSin Latin on vellum, Nonantola, Italy, 1719, 44 ff. (complete), 34x23 cm, single column, (27x17 cm), 17 lines in a formal rounded Roman book script imitating printed type, music on a 4-line red staff with square notation filled with a variety of geometric designs, 2- to 3-line decorated capitals with geometric designs, 25 large calligraphic initials, 4- to 6-line, in alternating red and black, often with floral and foliate designs and flourishes, elaborate decorated title page illustrating the Abbey of Nonantola with Emblems and devices of the patron (Chigi), explicit page with his monogram.
Binding Abbey of Nonantola, Italy, 1719, red morocco gilt with the arms of Chigi (=Cardinal Ciampelli?, Firenze), sewn on 6 bands.
Provenance 1. Benedictine (Cistercian from 1514) Abbey of St. Sylvester, Nonantola (1719-1768); 2. Baynerius Mancini, Italy; 3. Sam Fogg cat. 15(1992):69, acquired June 1993.
Commentary The presentation copy of Chigi (Cardinal Ciampelli), Firenze. The Abbey of Nonantola was one of the most important scriptoria in Italy in the Middle Ages. By the end of the 15th c. it possessed a library of 6000 codices. In 1768 it was suppressed by Pope Clement XIII, re-established by Pope Pius VII in 1821, and appropriated by the Italian government in 1866.
See also MS 1670 Tonary, Germany ca. 1150
MS 1281, Cantorinus, Norway, 15th c.
Place of origin Nonatola, Italy
Dates 1719 AD

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