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Single initial cut from a 15th-century antiphonal : in Latin

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Title:
Single initial cut from a 15th-century antiphonal : in Latin
Title (alt.) :
Antiphonal in Latin
Title (uniform):
Antiphonal
Creator:
Catholic Church
Bookseller:
Maggs Bros.
Date:
[ca. 1450]
Format:
Manuscripts
Genre:
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)
Antiphonaries (Service books)
Handwriting, Gothic
Location:
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
Collection (local):
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts (Collection of Distinction)
Places:
Netherlands
Extent:
Parchment cutting : parchment, ill. ; 98 x 96 mm set in paper sheet measuring 230 x 175 mm.
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Terms of Use:
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
Notes (acquisition):
Purchased in 1957 from Maggs.
Notes (citation):
Bond, W.H. Supplement to the Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, page 220
Notes:
Illuminated initial "A" showing the Visitation, cut from a mid-15th century Dutch antiphonal.
Ms. fragment.
Title devised by cataloger.
Origin: Written in the Netherlands in the mid-15th century.
Former call no. BPL MS 1599.
Currently shelved under call no. MS pb Med. 174.
Bibliographic record created by BPL staff based on description by Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis.
In Latin.
Notes (object):
Script: Written in a Gothic bookhand in black ink with red rubrics.
Mounted to a sheet of paper with the no. 38 in a dealer's hand, probably the leaf's number in the dealer's portfolio. Same dealer's handwritten description on the upper half of the sheet reads "Rhenish school (? Dutch): first half xv century/ Initial "A", showing The Visitation." Housed in a wrap-around folder in an oversize manilla folder.
Language:
Latin
Table of Contents:
Recto: [Monstrans culmen dulcedinis ... d]omo proximi propinqua [templo domini devote subministr]at. Evovae. R. O p[raeclara stella maris virgo ma]ter singularis qu[ae] ...
Verso: two-staff high initial [A] (the first antiphon or responsory of Matins, text undetermined) in gold leaf on pale rose with white filigree, historiated with the Visitation: on a grassy plain with a church and a few small houses in the background, St. Elizabeth (at left) greets the Virgin Mary (at right); their banderoles read "Surgens maria abiit in Montana" (Luke 1:39) and "Unde hoc mi[hi] ut mater domini mei venit [sic.] ad me."
Call #:
MS pb Med. 174
BPL MS 1599 (no longer used)
Barcode:
39999085232344