Antiphonary single leaf, [between 1325 and 1350].

Manuscript, Book
1 leaf : parchment, ill.


Former owner
Getty AAT genre
[between 1325 and 1350].
Summary note
Ms. single leaf from an antiphonary written and illuminated in South Netherlands, possibly Tournai.
  • Layout: Parchment; single column of 9 groups of 4-line red staves; 323 x 220 (240 x 150) mm.
  • Decoration: One 5-line initial U(idi speciosa) in blue with red penwork on verso. 10-line historiated initial S (54 mm. square) in pink, with bas-de-page illustration on recto; borders in top, left, and bottom decorated with cinquefoil leaves; predominance of sky blue for draperies and initial-spandrels, with gold for infilling, frame, and foliage. Colors of blue, orange, pink, and beige, and gold.
  • Musical notation: 4-line staves, with square notes.
Language note
Textura semiquadrata.
The Garrett leaf comes from an Antiphonary, which was broken up sometime before 1880 by John Ruskin, who gave fifteen of the leaves to his secretary, Laurence Hilliard. The volume of fifteen extant leaves was sold at Sotheby's in 1913 (Sotheby's, London, 28 April 1913, lot no. 509 for 15 leaves); afterwards Tregaskis sold the individual leaves which were widely dispersed. This leaf was acquired by Robert Garrett (1875-1961), Class of 1897, of Baltimore, Maryland.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert Garrett, 1942.
Publications about
  • Dearden, James S. "John Ruskin, the Collector, with a Catalogue of the Illuminated and Other Manuscripts Formerly in this Collection." in The Library, ser. 5, 21 (1966): pp. 141-142 (no. 38).
  • Bennett, Adelaide. "Review of Margaret M. Manion and Vera F. Vines. Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts in Australian Collections" (Melbourne: 1984) in Speculum 62 (1987): pp. 442-443.
  • De Ricci, v. 1, p. 871
  • Green, p. 188 (no. 45)
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Garrett MS. 38, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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