Antiphonary leaf.

Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[Italy] : [producer not identified], [between 1400 and 1500]
1 leaf : parchment, illustrations, music ; 44 x 30 cm


Former owner
Library of Congress genre(s)
  • Vespers antiphon and directions for the celebration of the feast of Nicholas of Myra. Both text and music have been partially erased and rewritten. First antiphon for Vespers (Ps. 109) now begins, “Ecce sacerdos magnus ...” The second antiphon (on the verso) has been erased, leaving only a blue initial N with red pen flourishes.
  • Script: Italian Gothic Rotunda.
  • Decoration: Italian Gothic painting. The first Vespers antiphon opens with a 2-line blue initial E in which Nicholas of Myra stands in bishop's vestments holding a red book; acanthus fronds of blue and orange highlighted with gold balls, lozenge, and buds outlined in black extending into the upper, left, and lower margins, the lower tendril terminating in a beast head.
Binding note
One parchment leaf, now enclosed in a frame.
Early provenance of Kane MS. 9 is unknown. Along the bottom edge of the verso are the numbers 91430 and in pencil. The leaf was acquired by Grenville Kane (1854-1943), of Tuxedo Park, New York. The Kane Collection was acquired by the Princeton University Library from Kane's heirs in February 1946.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, page 17.
Cite as
Kane MS. 9, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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