Intricate illuminations. Liturgical chant leaf, c. 1500

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“O Lord, deliver my soul from wicked lips, and a deceitful tongue.”



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 - “A” - in red, with extensive internal and external decorative red & black penwork, with flourishes of leaves and flowers continuing into the bottom and right margins. One large initial “E” in black and a page number(156) in red in the top margin.  See images below


Verso:  As Recto with a large initial ‘D’ in black.


Origin:  Spain


Date:  c. 1500


Content:  The black initial “E” begins the versicle, the text of which is Psalm 16:1.  Exaudi Deus iustum intende deprecationem meam. (Hear, O Lord, my justice: attend to my supplication). The illuminated initial “A” then begins the response, which is carried over to Verso: Ad Dominum cum tribularer clamavi et exaudivit me  Domine libera animam meam a labiis iniquis a lingua dolosa.  (In my distress I cried to the Lord: and he heard me. O Lord, deliver my soul from wicked lips, and a deceitful tongue).  The text is Psalm 119:1-2 (Vulgate).


Condition:  The leaf is in very good condition with only the expected marking from page-turning, browning and surface dirt.  There is some ink loss on Verso, but none on Recto and the illuminated initial is in fine condition.  It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 530x380mm. Text and music area : approx.  420x320 mm. Packing & insured post within Australia: $27.50.  Overseas: ask for quote.


Notes:  Ad Dominum cum tribularer was set to music for 4 voices by both Alessandro Scarlatti and Heinrich Schütz.


Item No:  MMU 037

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