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    Sale 12137

    Illuminated Manuscripts from the Collection of Maurice Burrus (1882-1959)

    25 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 26

    GRADUAL FOR SELECT FEASTS, in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum [Italy, perhaps Tuscany or Emilia Romagna, 15th century]

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    GRADUAL FOR SELECT FEASTS, in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum [Italy, perhaps Tuscany or Emilia Romagna, 15th century]

    PROVENANCE:
    (1) The name ‘Dominicus’ is written in the margin of a few leaves. (2) MAURICE BURRUS, no 371. Purchased from Lauria in 1936.

    CONTENT:
    Mass chant for the feast of the Ascension (5 May): ‘Viri Galilei […]’ f.1, and All Saints Day (1 November): ‘In festo omnium sanctorum. Introitus. Gaudeamus omnes […]’ f.4v; settings for the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus dei: ‘In minoribus duplicibus’ f.6, ‘In honore beate Marie virginis’ f.9, ‘In dominici diebus’ f.13, and ‘In simplicibus solempnioribus’ f.17v; the creed ‘Credo in unum deum […]’ f.21v; ‘In agenda mortuorum. Requiem […]’ f.26, ending imperfectly.

    PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION AND CONDITION:
    230 x 165mm, i + 40 + i leaves, collation irregular, 5 lines of text and music in square notation on a four-line stave, rastrum 18mm, decorated with LARGE PUZZLE INITIALS IN BLUE AND RED, large and small initials in one colour flourished in the other throughout (part of f.8 torn out, darkening and warping to some leaves). Bound in 18th(?)-century coloured fabric over pasteboards, each cover with a depiction of the Annunciation (somewhat worn).


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