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Detailed record for Additional 38897B

Title Cutting from a choir book
Origin Italy, N. (Lombardy)
Date Last quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Decoration 1 historiated and foliate initial 'G' in colours and gold, of the Assumption of the Virgin, introducing the introit to the Mass for the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin (15 August): "Gaudeamus omnes in Domino diem festum celebrantes sub honore beatae Mariae Virginis".
Dimensions in mm 170 x 175
Official foliation Parchment cutting, foliated as 'B'.
Form Mounted parchment cutting, kept in a box with other cuttings.
Binding N/A
Provenance Samuel Rogers (b. 1763, d. 1855), poet: his sale, 28 April 1856, part of lot 999; purchased on eighth day (6 May 1856) of the sale by Tiffin for 1 10s.
Walter Benjamin Tiffin (b. 1795, d. 1877), London art dealer and publisher: purchased from him by the Department of Prints and Drawings of the British Museum on 10 May 1856.
Transferred to the Department of Manuscripts in 1914.
Notes Italian cutting.
The present initial is boxed with Add. 38897A and C as well as with Add. 42061, parts 1-6. To see this initial in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 38897.
Musical notation: the impression of two four-line red staves visible through the illumination.
Select bibliography British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1911-1915 (London: British Museum, 1925; repr. 1969), pp. 331-32.


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