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Folios from an Antiphoner for a Carthusian house

  • Object:

    illuminated manuscripts

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)
    Paris? (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1385-1400

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and pigments on parchment.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

Physical description

Foliation: parchment. 4 ff.

Number of lines: 9 lines of stave and text (staves of 4 lines).

Language: Latin.

Script: Gothic bookhand.

Textual content: some leaves are bound back to front.
f. 1r-1v: Chant, headed ‘Dominici prima adventus’ in a 17th-century hand.
f.2v-r: Chants from ‘Feria V ad benedictus A’.
f.3v-r: Chants for Christmas, with a major incipit.
f.4r-v: Chants, headed ‘In Exaltatione sancta Crucis’ in a 17th-century hand, with a response.

Decoration: large ‘puzzle’ initials in red and blue, the height of 2 lines of music and text with penwork ornaments and half-fleur-de-lys running down the left-hand edge of the text with pen flourishing (ff. 1r, 2r, 3r).

Binding: no binding.

Place of Origin

France (made)
Paris? (made)


ca. 1385-1400

Materials and Techniques

Ink and pigments on parchment.


Height: 250 mm leaf, Width: 180 mm leaf, Height: 180 mm Text block, Width: 125 mm Text block

Object history note

Written in France (Paris?), ca. 1385-1400 for a Carthusian House, possibly Champnol.
(1) Annotated in a 17th-century script stating that the leaves are extracted from an Antiphoner from the Charterhouse of Champnol, near Dijon.
(2) Bought with a 1578 printed book (now in the NAL 88.E.24) in 1895.

Descriptive line

Manuscript cuttings, leaves from an Antiphoner, France (Paris?), ca. 1385-1400.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

vol. 1, pp. 168-169, cat. 27.
Watson, R. Western Illuminated Manuscripts.Victoria and Albert Museum. A catalogue of works in the National Art Library from the eleventh to the early twentieth century, with a complete account of the George Reid Collection. London, 2011.


Parchment; Ink; Pigments




National Art Library; Manuscript cutting; Medieval and renaissance

Production Type



National Art Library

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