Colossal Antiphonal Folio with Enormous and Handsome Initial
Glorious Initial D from a Mammoth Antiphonal. Single folio on vellum. Italy, ca. 1550: 709 mm x 536 mm. Six four-line staves in red, rake-ruled (50 mm). Decoration: large initial D (182 mm x 182 mm) for the Psalm 92 (Domum tuam) in red and blue with multi-colored piercings and elaborate interior swirls, blossoms, and lobes, on blue grounds with gold, green, and pink highlights; a pinprick in the very center indicates the use of a compass; three staff-high initials with fine piercings; rubricated. Text: from the Common, the anniversary of the dedication of a church. Condition: very fine, slight cockling and the usual creases, notably in the lower margin.