Lot 65 (Books & Works on Paper including Autographs & Memorabilia, 31st March 2020)
A large antiphonal manuscript, including several liturgical chants (Sancto Gloria Patri et Filio, et et spiritu sancto; Constantes estate; Precursor Iohannes exultat; Christus apparuit nobis venite adoremus; Omnes de Saba venient aurum; In principio erat verbu et verbu erat apud Deum; Quem vidistis pastores dicite; O magnum mysterium, etc.), 70 leaves on parchment, no leaf or quire signatures, written in a formal southern Gothic liturgical bookhand, with 6 lines of text and 7 lines of musical square notation, rubrics and initials, alternately in red, blue and purple wash, with contrasting pen decoration, some strap-work initials of the same size, large repairs at gutter or corners of several leaves, some tears not affecting text, occasional creasing and water damage throughout, contemporary Spanish brown calf over wooden boards, original metal furniture, including bosses to boards and one functional clasp, spine head cracked with loss, elephant folio, [Spain], ca. 1650.
***This manuscript was probably produced in the 17th century in Spain at a monastery or church for local use. It was a heavily used manuscript, which is apparent from its current condition. "Books with wooden boards were heavy and were given bosses and skids to protect the covering material from damage when the books were placed flat on wooden desks or shelves" (‘Fine and Historic Bookbinding’s, 161). The use of metal furniture was reduced after 1500 as book production increased, but throughout the 17th-century important books and manuscripts, such as religious texts, continued to be bound in this style for prominent display and use.