Title: Missa Octavi Toni
Publisher: mid-to-late 19th century, n.p., but England?
Book Condition: Very Good+
Manuscript on vellum, in Latin. 42ff., (+ 6 ruled blanks), folio (375 x 265 mm). Written in black and red ink in a gothic bookhand under seven lines of music with black neumes of a square-shaped notation on a four-line staves of red, rubrics and versals of red, several in-text enlarged initials of red or blue, sometimes decorated on the infill in alternating color. Two cuttings of borders, of scrolling acanthus, floreate and gilt decoration, said to be from a late 15th-century illuminated manuscript, pasted-in at verso of facing opening. Rear flyleaf with titles of psalms, in Latin. Contents: Kyriale, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus; thus repeated in eight parts. English 19th-century dark blue paneled calf by Lander and Co., marbled endpapers (some areas rubbed; lightly scuffed, small loss of leather at upper joint). From the collection of Estelle Doheny (bookplate front pastedown). A large and well-preserved choirbook for sung mass, recalling the style of medieval illuminated manuscripts and ornamented in the Gothic Revival style. Birmingham, where the book was bound, and likely where it was written, was an important center for the revival of Gothic arts and crafts in the 19th century. This copy is unique in that it is decorated with genuine sections from a border of a medieval illuminated manuscript. Bookseller Inventory # D4840
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