Large Illuminated Gregorian chant leaf, c. 1500

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“Ye fainthearted, take courage and fear not: 

behold our God will come, and will save us.”



Recto: Five lines of music written on parchment in square neumes on red-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 fine illuminated initial - “D” - in red, with extensive internal and external decorative blue penwork, with flourishes of leaves and flowers continuing into the left and bottom margins.    A number - XVI - in red in the top margin.See images below


Verso:  As Recto with an equally fine illuminated initial ‘R’ in blue with extensive and delicate red penwork. A catchword “plu” in the bottom margin.


Source:  Spain


Date:  c. 1500


Content:  The leaf includes part of the Gregorian chant for communion for the third Sunday in Advent.  The illuminated initial ‘D’ begins the chant which is taken from Isaiah 35:4: Dicite: pusillanimes, confortamini, et nolite timere, ecce Deus noster veniet, et salvabit nos.

(Say: Ye fainthearted, take courage and fear not: behold our God will come, and will save us.)


Condition:  The Recto of this leaf is in very good condition with the expected marking from page-turning, browning and surface dirt. Verso has a slight degree of ink loss, but the text & music notation remains perfectly legible.  The illuminated initials are in fine condition.  The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 530x380mm. Text and music area : approx.  410x300 mm. Presented in a museum quality mat, ready to frame. Contact us for further images of this leaf.

Packing & registered, insured post within Australia: $25.00.  Overseas destinations: ask for quote.


Item No:  MMU 031

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