The Catalogue lists the manuscript antiphonaries
of ten Flemish collections and libraries, but does not include books that contain only limited amounts of music for the Divine Office, such as manuscript processionals and ordinals, or printed antiphonaries
, and other liturgical books.
The majority of manuscripts are liturgical (Books of Hours, Psalters, Missals, Graduals, Breviaries, Pontificals, Evangeliaries, Prayer-books, Antiphonaries
, sermon collections, and Bibles), but there are also works by Peter Comestor, Cyprian, Boethius, Buridan, Pope Boniface VIII, Catherine of Siena, Isidore of Seville, Giles of Rome, Peter Lombard, and others.
Always enjoyable is the occasional humorous element, such as human/ animal hybrid figures, or "drolleries," in the margins of the printed Book of Hours, little caricatures of people's faces drawn in where one might not expect them in one of the antiphonaries
, and whimsical animals such as the three tiny rabbits running along the lower border of a law manuscript.
In a letter in reply to an enquiry from the chief of rare books at the Detroit Public Library, dated 21 January 1962, the then canon-archivist, Juan Francisco Rivera, reported: "In the Cathedral we have some 200 antiphonaries
...." (New York City, Pierpont Morgan Library, internal file for M.
The longest essay is an article published in Ecclesia Orans in 1989 on the epistle and gospel-books, and the antiphonaries
, in their relation to the sacramentaries in the seventh and eighth centuries (pp.
The inventory features fifteen antiphonaries
, four graduals, eight hymnals, ten psalters, and one ritual (2).
Over a third of his 114 CapeTown manuscripts are Bibles and illuminated liturgical manuscripts, including two processionals, five office books, five psalters, two antiphonaries
, seven breviaries, and three graduals, one of them a rare thirteenth-century Premonstratensian compilation of material for celebrating mass, the nearest he came to owning a missal at the Cape.
Over the course of the nineteen years from 1508 to 1526, the administrative body of the cathedral--the Opera del Duomo--commissioned and financed fifteen graduals and eighteen antiphonaries
. (3) These books--containing the chants for the celebration of the Mass (graduals) and of the Office (antiphonaries
), and all preserved today at the Archivio dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore--were lavishly illuminated by Monte di Giovanni (1448-1532/33) and Frate Eustachio (Tommaso di Baldassarre di Tommaso, 1473-1555), two of the most distinguished contemporary Florentine miniaturists.
This lavish modera presentation of the codex is entirely merited by its witness to the flourishing Angevin period in Hungarian history and by the rarity of secular antiphonaries
from this time, even outside of Hungary (none survive from medieval Paris, for example).