Original leaf from a printed 17th century Gregorian chant in two colors on fine hand made paper. Latin text with black hufnagel music (named for the notes resemblance to horseshoe-nails) on a black five-line stave. (530 x 390mm – 21 x 15 3/8’’)
From an Antiphonal produced and published in 1667 by Christopher Kuchler in Mainz, Germany.
Four large initials in red, or black and white surrounded by a black and white floral design.
This leaf continues The Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel (September 29th). The large red “I” begins part of Daniel 12:1: “In tempore…” (But at that time shall Michael rise up, who standeth for the children: and a time shall come such as never was from the time that nations began until that time. At that time shall thy people be saved, every one that shall be found written in the book of life. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit).
The large red “A” begins: “Angelus…” (Angel and archangel, Michael is God’s messenger to acknowledge the souls of the just).
The large red “D” begins: “Data sunt…” (He was given much incense that he might burn it before the golden altar which is in the sight of the Lord).
Antiphonals contain chants for the canonical hours of the Divine Office: first vespers or the vigil of great feasts, matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers and compline. They were used by priests, monks and nuns in churches and religious enclaves. The large size allowed them to be seen by multiple members of a choral section.