Folio, pp. , 864, cxlviii; musical notation printed in red and black throughout; 2 additional manuscript leaves with musical notation bound in at the back; manuscript musical notation on verso of front free endpaper; woodcut vignette on title, title printed in red and black, woodcut historiated initials; elaborate contemporary blindtooled pigskin over wooden boards, edges stained red (but faded along bottom edge and part of fore-edge), brass bosses at center of both covers and in all corners, brass clasps and hasps, and preserving as well the striped cloth page markers (12 in all ) held together by a plain brass head plate at the top edge; slight loss of leather at corners, small minor abrasions, otherwise a near fine and most impressive copy. A Catholic Antiphonal containing the Propers of the office according to the Cistercian use, and employing the black notes and red staves of the Georgian musical notation. This copy was acquired by the Cistercian monastery in Salem in southern Germany (Baden) following the fire in 1697 that destroyed many of the buildings. The monastery secularized in 1802 and the library was moved to Peterhausen, and thence was sold to the University of Heidelberg. A portion of the library, including this volume, was acquired by Baron von Lassberg. The Lassberg collection of post-incunabula was sold en bloc to an Anglo-American bookselling consortium in 1999. The Cistercian Monastery at Salem was an important imperial abbey, founded in 1136 by Bl. Frowin (a companion of St. Bernard of Clairvaux). It was noted in the Middle Ages as being the most beautiful and richest monastery in all of Germany. At the beginning of the 14th century no less than 285 monks called it home. The Church was not destroyed until the fire of 1697, and the rest of the monastery was beautifully rebuilt around it. But by 1698 the monastery had only 49 priests and 13 choir monks. In September 1802, as a consequence of Napoleon's policies, the abbey was secularized and became Schloss Salem, a summer residence for the Margave of Baden. An impressive volume, beautifully printed, and enhanced by the presence of the additional manuscript leaves. Cambridge University only in OCLC. Bookseller Inventory # 26478
Title: Antiphonale Cisterciense juxta novum odrinis...
Publisher: Fredericus Leonard
Publication Date: 1690
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