Title: Antiphonary on Vellum, mid-16th century
A large mid 16th century Spanish antiphonary, still retaining its original binding, and written on vellum. This manuscript is profusely rubricated throughout, primarily in red and blue, though there is noted usage of green and yellow as well. Interestingly, the final 15 leaves appear to have been taken from a mixture of 17th century antiphonaries, with rubrication in red, and additional decorative usage of blue.
Based on the style of rubrication, the heavy abbreviation of Latin, and usage of five-line staff musical notation, this antiphonary would be best dated as pre-Tridentine, though it is unlikely to be early 16th century.
The rear pastedown is a large vellum manuscript from the 14th century, written in a flowing script and bearing a signature at the bottom.
One manuscript in folio, 98 vellum leaves + 15 leaves from a later antiphonary
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with worming, rubbing, and wear to the boards, and part of the spine damaged, though early threaded repairs have been done, keeping it in place. There are several tears noted throughout, with slight curling and wear to the page edges. Based on the numbering at the top right, the first 14 leaves appear to be missing, though it is difficult to say just how complete the antiphonary is in general. There is some staining throughout, though heavier to a grouping of three leaves. One leaf is also loose.