Title: Prayer book on vellum of the diurnal offices, as well as the hymnal for the use of the choir, for the Holy Mother Santa Clara of Briviesca, 1764
Condition: Very Good
Publisher: En Tafella
A mid 18th century manuscript prayer book of the diurnal offices, as well as the hymnal for the use of the choir, for the Holy Mother Santa Clara of Briviesca. Given the title, this manuscript likely originates from the Monastery of Santa Clara, located in Briviesca. The fully untranslated title is Diurnal y hymnario para et uso del choro de tas religiosas de nueftra madre santa clara de Briviesca.
This manuscript bears extravagant red, yellow, and black initials, with sections of musical notation throughout. The prayer book itself is broken down into the following parts: Te Deum, the Hymns of the Day, the Proper of Saints, and the Commune of Saints.
Of the monastery itself, it was first built in 1511 for the female branch of the Order of Saint Francis at the behest of Mencia de Velasco, one of the six daughters of Pedro Fernandez de Velasco, 3rd Duke of Frias. The design of this monastery was based off the Monastery of Santa Clara de Medina de Pomar, which was also founded by another of the de Velasco line during the 14th century, Sancho Sanchez.
This manuscript is still present in its original sturdy binding, with metal strips and rivets to the covers.
One large manuscript in folio, 154 vellum leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the boards, rust to the metal strips, and minor chipping to the spine. There is staining and toning to throughout, with the gutters exposed in several sections. The leaf numbered 122 appears to be lacking. There are repairs done to one of the preliminary leaves.