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Detailed record for Hirsch III.606

Title Antiphoner (Sanctorale only)
Origin Germany, S. or Austria
Date 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large puzzle initials in red and blue, or red and green, or blue and green, with penwork decoration in red, and/or blue, and/or green; or in green, with reserved designs, and red penwork decoration / pen-flourishing or in red, with reserved designs, and green penwork decoration / pen-flourishing (ff. 1, 7, 13v, 20, 25v, 36, 43v, 52v, 59v, 66, 76, 84, 92v, 101v, 112v, 120v, 128, 135v, 144, 153, 162v, 171, 176v, 183, 188, 207, 215, 223, 231v, 238v, 245, 252, 257v, 264v, 277v). Spaces for large initials (ff. 63v, 69, 190, 191v, 259v). Smaller initials in red with brown or green penwork decoration or in blue or green with red penwork decoration; also in brown with brown penwork decoration, many with human heads.
Dimensions in mm 530 x 370 (390 x 250)
Official foliation ff. 283 (+ 1 paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Collation i-xxv8 (ff. 1-200), xxvi8-1 (1 leaf excised, probably blank; ff. 201-208 [f. 205 = loose added fragment of another MS]), xxvii-xxxiv8 (ff. 209-272), xxxv-xxxvi8 (ff. 273-280), xxxvii4-1 (last leaf excised, probably blank; ff. 281-283).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Blind-stamped parchment over wooden boards; clasps with brass buckles; brass bosses on all corners and in the centre, the central boss on the upper board surrounded by a brass plate engraved with three coats of arms and dated 1606.
Provenance ? A German or Austrian Cistercian monastery.
Unidentified owner, 1606: arms (binding).
Printed label with price-codes in the upper right-hand corner, inscribed '3 pièces(?) / r x x / c a x x' (inside lower cover).
Purchased by the British Museum in 1946 as part of the Paul Hirsch Music Library.
Notes Musical notation.
f. 205 is a loose fragment of another contemporary manuscript.
Remains of surviving thread for curtains over large decorated initials.
Select bibliography Katalog der Musikbibliothek Paul Hirsch, Frankfurt am Main ed. by Kathi Meyer and Paul Hirsch, 4 vols (Frankfurt am Main: [n. pub.], 1928-47), III: Instrumental- und Vokalmusik bis etwa 1830 (1936), no. 606.


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Puzzle initial

f. 1
Puzzle initial
Decorated initial

f. 25v
Decorated initial
Decorated initial

f. 245
Decorated initial
 

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