5 December 2006
[STENCILLED MUSIC--PROCESSIONAL.] Pars Prima [-Secunda] Processionalis Ordinis Fratrum B.V. Mariae de Monte-Carmeli per Fratrum Alexium á sancta Anna delineata in eremo Fontis bellaquie. Fontainbleau, 1748.
206 x 151 mm. 258pp. STENCILLED ON VELLUM. Title with delicate stencilled floral borders and large flowers at corners, 6-leaf index, the music throughout stenciled in six four-line staves to the page, some pages with small decorative capitals, a few headings in a delicate cursive hand, text underlay in an upright stenciled roman letter, stamped or stenciled pagination. (A few sheets yellowed or discolored, minor soiling.) Contemporary black morocco blind-tooled borders with repeated impressions of the same stylized drawer handle tool (rebacked, the spine blind-tooled in similar style, title gilt-lettered, corners rubbed). Provenance: purchased 1957.
A PROCESSIONAL WITH TEXT AND MUSIC LABORIOUSLY PRODUCED BY A STENCIL PROCESS. A most curious service book created by the painstaking use of multiple stencils. It is unclear whether the pages were created from a single stencil, or, more probably, from separate smaller stencils (one or two staves per stencil?). The barlines are printed in a slightly darker ink and the note-heads and underlying text may have been stenciled in a gold or metallic ink, now oxidized evenly to a yellow-brown tone.
The Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, or Carmelite Order (Ordo fratrum Beatf Virginis Marif de monte Carmelo) was founded in the 12th century by Berthold (d. after 1185) at Mount Carmel, Israel. By the date of this curious manuscript the order was in decline.
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