A leaf from large choirbook ? a Gradual. The term choirbook refers to a particular format of a volume of liturgical music, intended to be placed on a lectern in the midst of the liturgical choir and to be large enough for those standing in the choir to sing from. The Gradual is the oldest and most important of the four chants that make up the choir's part of the Proper of the Mass. The Gradual fills the time while something significant is being done, and represents the singing of psalms alternating with readings from the Bible. This particular choirbook was printed with 10 lines of text and music per page. The text is in black, with an occasional small letter in red. Each leaf contains music and words, and is printed in black and red; text is in black, with an occasional small letter in red, and the music is provided in black square notation on a four-line red staff. => This leaf has one tall decorative initial printed in red, as high as the text and music together. The initial varies from leaf to leaf. Folio extra (19.25" x 13.625"). 1 f. Crisp, wide margined leaf with slightest bleed-through from one side to another. Printed on handmade paper of 100% rag. A marvelous display, accent, or gift item. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Leaf from the Graduale romanum.
Publication Date: 1729
Book Description (Venice?), 1700. Broadside. Condition: Very good. Single leaf 8½ by 13½ inches containing a portion of the Office for DOminica in Albis containing Responsories and the Magnificat Antiphon. Red four-line staves, 12 to a page, with black chant notes and red rubrics and initials. Two large red initials on the obverse, and three initials on the reverse. Finely printed on laid watermarked paper. Light staining, closed marginal tear not affecting the printing, and a thin, also not affecting the text, else in very good condition. From an unidentified issue of the Graduale Romanum. Seller Inventory # 19317