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Hymnal; in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment with musical notation
Western Germany or Southern Belgium, c. 1500-1525. BOOK DESCRIPTION: EARLY SIXTEENTH-CENTURY MUSIC MANUSCRIPT ON PARCHMENT IN AN ORIGINAL BLIND-STAMPED BINDING. In Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment with musical notation, Western Germany or Southern Belgium, c. 1500-1525. Dimensions 180 x 125 mm., 92 folios, complete, written in a gothic bookhand in seventeen long lines, music in Hufnagel notation on red five-line staves, red rubrics, a few majuscules filled with pale yellow, one- to two-line red initials and larger initials equivalent to one line of text and one stave throughout. BINDING: CONTEMPORARY brown leather over wooden boards, stamped in blind on the front cover with an outer border of rosettes with four petals and with round fleur-de-lis stamps at the corners, framing a rectangular inner panel of small rosettes with five feathered petals surrounded by a border with stamps of an indeterminate shape. TEXT: this manuscript offers a tantalizing glimpse at the steps of medieval bookmaking, including pricking and ruling, parchment repairs, manuscript guards, musical notation, and binding. Its content, the hymns for the Divine Office, present one of the richest collections of medieval poetry, and the first lines of the music for the hymns are copied in distinctive German Hufnagelschrift notation. PROVENANCE: written in Germany, likely Western Germany or neighboring Southeastern Belgium, c. 1500-1525, as suggested by the script, a very formal gothic bookhand, and use of a five-line staff for the musical notation; signs of use include corrections added by a number of … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Les Enluminures (ABAA & ILAB) [Chicago, IL, U.S.A.]
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