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Name: Hieronymus de Moravia OP Tractatus de Musica (excerptum) - Antiphonarium

Repository: State Library of Victoria

Settlement: Melbourne

Associated Manuscript Items:
OP Tractatus de Musica (excerptum)

Library ref: *096.1/R66A, stock no.507904

Acquisition: acquired in 1947 from W. H. Robinson

Binding: old calf over oak boards, four brass bosses (fifth lost) in quincunx on each cover with brass corner-pieces. One pin for a clasp remains on the back cover, one leather strap. Spine has gilt floral sprays and lettering ANCIEN PLEIN CHANT / DU 14e SIECLE / BEAU MANUSCRIT / A MINIATURES / SUR PEAU VELIN.

Catchwords: Catchwords agree

Collation: (8)1-24 (4)25 (8)26-46 (4)47 (8)48-50 (5)51 (8)52-54 (3)55 (4)56 Fols 424v. and Br. are blank


Condition: Edges trimmed

Deco desc: Caps black ink, or gold, with blue penwork, or red, with blue penwork, or blue, with red penwork; rubrics are red; in the French style are illuminated initials with marginal extensions of ivy-leaf sprays in gold, blue, red, with white tracery on 1r., 54r., 80v., 125v., 154r., 207v., 211v., 253r., 261r., 316v., 369v., 398r., 404r. Twenty-three historiated initials (50 x 40, 45 x 40, 45 x 45mm.), some with chequer-board and lozenge grounds, all with colouring similar to that of the illuminated initials, depicting the Annunciation (4v.), Nativity (35r.), Magi (46v.), Resurrection (126r.), Ascension (143r.), Pentecost (147v.), Andrew (197v.), Presentation (234r.), Annunciation (249r.), Peter the Martyr (257v.), Translation of Dominic (266v.), Purification (269r.), Paul's Crucifixion (276r.), Peter (281v.), Christ and Mary Magdalene (287r.), Dominic (294v.), Lawrence (299v.), Assumption (305v.), Louis of France (311v.), Nativity (324v.), Michael (334r.), All Saints (345r.), Funeral Service (350v.).

Dimensions: 285 x 200 mm

Extent: ii + 428

Foliation: modern pencil foliation by tens

Hand desc: Principal hand is mid-14c. French littera gothica textualis formata. A similar but later hand has filled 424r., 425r.-428v.


Layout: one col. of 27 lines or nine groups of four-line red staves with words (black square notation)

Library ref alt:

List bibl: Sotheby and Co., Bibliotheca Phillippica. Catalogue of a further portion . . . sale 1st July, 1946, London 1946, p.11 (item 12), pl.XVIII; K. V. Sinclair, 'Phillipps Manuscripts in Australia', The Book Collector, Vol.XI (1962), pp.332-3; Exhibition, p.30, no.72, pl.XVI.

Music notation: one col. of 27 lines or nine groups of four-line red staves with words (black square notation)

Note: Poissy antiphonal

Orig date: s. xiv med

Orig place:


Provenance: Inside back cover in contemporary black ink "Correct pour la saison d'iver"; Av. carries the impression of a shield but no details of the arms remain; inside front cover is a stencilled lion rampant with legend "Sir T. P. / Middle Hill / 223"; on the spine is the printed no. 223 of Sir Thomas Phillipps who is thought to have obtained the MS. in Paris before 1824; Av. in 19c. hand "423" and "48"; sold at Sotheby's London in 1946, then in 1947 by W. H. Robinson to the State Library of Victoria, cf. Bv. "W. H. Robinson 5.2.1947. £ IER/-/- stg"; Ar. carries the Library's stock no.507904 and Bv. the present shelf-mark *096.1/R66A.

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 218



Support: vellum


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