ANTIPHONAL Manuscript Antiphonal, written by a Dominican Nun, c.1720
Lot 182
ILLUMINATED CHOIRBOOK, written by a Dominican Nun, c.1720
Sold for £1,125 (US$ 1,815) inc. premium

Lot Details
ILLUMINATED CHOIRBOOK
Manuscript Masses and Sequences, compiled by a Dominican Nun, 132 pages (6 blank), on paper, black and red ink, musical notations on a 4-line stave, large initials (mostly in red, several blue or gold, 4 with flourishes of foliage in green), 3 MINIATURES (approximately 100 x 100mm., comprising: a winged heart in a landscape; emblem including heart, cross, crown of thorns and Holy Ghost; Pentecostal dove with fiery hearts emerging from its beak), one large calligraphic ornamental letter incorporating fruit pasted in, the headings in English, early manuscript index pasted in at end with note "This Book was written by Mother Jubilarian Thompson, when Chantress: God reward her long labours, & rest her pious soul - she deces'd Decr. 8, 1728", contemporary calf, spine gilt (repaired at extremities), rubbed, folio (490 x 350mm.), [early eighteenth century]

Footnotes

  • WRITTEN BY A DOMINICAN SISTER OF THE CONVENT OF ENGLISH NUNS AT BRUSSELS.

    Reverend Mother Jubilarian Anna Maria Thomson died in December 1728, aged 74, having had been six years a Jubilarian. The text includes fifteen Masses and sequences, each captioned in English, comprising: The Belgica Mass; New Creed; Prose for Christmas; Prose for Easter; Prose for Corpus Christe; The Prose of St. Rose; The Prose for All the Sts of Our Order; The Prose of Sainct Catharine of Sienna; The Prose of the Pentecost; idem, version; Father Green's Creed [Father John Greene (1655-1741) acted Confessor to the Nuns at Brussels for many years, being first appointed in 1693, and again in 1712, 1719, 1722 and finally in 1732]; The Prose of Our H.F. St. Dominick; The New Prose Diesire.

    Provenance: Jubilarian Thompson, with early note of attribution; St. Dominic's Convent, Stone, Staffs., with note on text and "withdrawal" stamp.
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