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Name: Antiphonarium

Repository: State Library of New South Wales, Mitchell Library, Special Collections

Settlement: Sydney

Associated Manuscript Items:

Library ref: Richardson 273

Acquisition: 'Don Richardson 1928', date of the bequest

Binding: Contemporary binding of bare oak boards (12mm. thick) with bevelled edges. Spine calf, broken, and worn at the top

Catchwords: Catchwords agree

Collation: (10)1-6 (8)7 (10)8-11 (8)12 (9)13 (10)14-16. Quire 13 wants its last sheet which was numbered '128'.


Condition: Edges trimmed

Deco desc: red rubrics; small caps are red; large caps are alternately blue, with red penwork and red, with blue penwork; large initials (100 x 75, 100 x 50mm.) in blue, yellow, red, pink, mauve, green, with white tracery on 14r., 16r., 18r., 30r., 47v., 49v., 66r., 69r., 82r., 97v., 102r., 116v., 119v., 135v., 137r., 139r., 145v., 149r., 152v.; nine other initials with same colouring and gold lavishly employed are historiated (175 x 60, 170 x 90, 165 x 110, 155 x 105mm.) and portray a manÕs bust (1r.), Christ and Disciples (3r.), a martyr (19v.), Christ on high appears to the Apostles (34v.), Christ blesses Bishops and Confessors (55r.), Christ on high appears to his saints (71r.), Angel crowns a virgin (87r.), Bishop dedicates a church (105v.), Christ on high appears to friars in brown habits conducting a Funeral Service at the bedside of a dead friar (124r.).

Dimensions: 525 x 365 mm

Extent: 155 folios

Foliation: 16c. foliation by arabic numerals placed in the centre of the right-hand margin of the recto side

Hand desc: Italian littera gothica textualis formata


Layout: one col. of five groups of four-line red staves with words (black square notation)

Library ref alt:

List bibl: Report of the Trustees of the Public Library of New South Wales for the year 1928, Sydney 1929, p. 2, Exhibition, p. 30, no. 71.

Music notation: one col. of five groups of four-line red staves with words (black square notation).


Orig date: s. xiv ex or xv1

Orig place:


Provenance: 1r. lower margin has a note in a 15c. hand that is almost effaced and illegible; 155v. has other illegible scribbles; 119r. has the name of a former owner 'P. A. Bernardet' in a 16c. hand; inside front cover is a label with 'A.I,4' on it; inside back cover is an extract from an English bookseller's catalogue, entry unnumbered, but dated September 1924, presumably the date of the purchase by the next owner Nelson Moore Richardson whose name and address (Montevideo near Weymouth) appear inside front cover

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 60



Support: vellum


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