Antiphonal leaf, decorated MS on parchment [eastern France (perhaps Besançon),

FRENCH SCRIBE  ([C14th])

£1750.00 

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Single leaf (c.283 x 216mm). Decorated manuscript on parchment. Double column of 13 lines in a cramped gothic bookhand, with music on a four-line stave, red rubrics, elaborate capitals in sweeping penwork strokes, touched with yellow wash and red highlights, several with intricately inked faces, four in red and blue with elaborate red penwork and whip-like extensions far into margins, large initial at head, with a human face at its upper right-hand edge, and a youth with his hands clasped in prayer as God appears to him in the clouds above, remnants of page marker on foreedge.

An attractive leaf from a French antiphonal, with charming additional illustration. At the top of the leaf a young man is depicted, with hands clasped in prayer as God appears to him from the heavens; the impact of this devout scene is slightly confused by the whimsical face drawn and peering out of the upper corner of the initial, which accompanies the Feast of All Souls on 2nd November. 

Another human face peers out of an initial, skilfully squeezed by scribes into empty space around capital letters. 

Some scuffs, thumb marks at lower outer corner, minor discolouration otherwise very good condition. 

Provenance: From the collection of Roger Martin (1939-2020); sale at Bloomsbury Auctions, The Roger Martin Collection of Manuscripts and Miniatures, 6 July, 2021. 

Stock Code: 243908

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