Colossal German Choir Breviary
Colossal German Choir Breviary with Texts for the Invention of St. Stephen, and SS. Oswald, Sixtus, and Afra. Four folios on vellum, two nested internal bifolia with eight pages of continuous text. Southern Germany, ca. 1450: 462 mm x 320 mm (justification 332 mm x 235 mm). Double column, 32 lines. Ruled in diluted ink. Two script sizes, the smaller for chanted text. The vellum has wonderful evidence of stitching repairs. Decoration: miniated two-line and one-line initials; rubricated; one cadel with a human head, apparently tonsured. Text: up to three lessons for Matins, and antiphons for Lauds, with ancillary versicles, responsories, and antiphons, for the feasts of the Invention of St. Stephen, and of SS. Oswald, Sixtus, and Afra. St. Afra, venerated widely in southern Germany and Austria, is the major saint venerated on these folios. Condition: very fine, some slight soiling and cockling. The handsome script and intensely black ink create an impressive appearance.