Antiphon for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. c. 1525


Illuminated Gregorian chant leaf, c. 1525


“Francis, the valiant catholic

And perfectly apostolic”



Verso: Six lines of music written on parchment in square and diamond-shaped neumes on ruled five-line staves with a key signature. Rubrics in red.  The accompanying text is written in Latin in a refined gothic rotunda bookhand.  One very large illuminated initial - ‘F’ - in yellow, orange, blue and red, with internal decorative brushwork. 


Recto:  As Verso with a large illuminated initial ‘C’ in blue.


Source:  Probably Italy


Date:  c. 1525


Content:  The initial ‘F’ begins the antiphon: Franciscus vir catholicus et totus apostolicus ecclesiae teneri fidem Romanae docuit presbyterosque monuit prae cunctis revereri. In English verse it reads: 

Francis, the valiant catholic

And perfectly apostolic,

Did instruct us to adhere

To the faith of the Roman Church,

And those who were her priests, he’d urge

We should most of all revere. 


Condition:  The Recto of this leaf is in very good condition. Verso has a very slight degree of ink loss, but of no consequence.  The illuminated initials are in fine condition.  The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 560x390mm. Text and music area : approx.  480x315 mm.  Presented in a museum quality mat, ready for framing.  Please note that packing and postage is invoiced separately.  Within Australia: $30.00.  Overseas: ask for quote.


Notes:   Francis died on 3 October 1226, was canonized in 1228 by pope Gregory IX (Ugolino di Conti, ruled 1227-41), and 4 October was henceforth observed as his feast day—his heavenly dies natalis. 


Item No:  MMU046

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