Original leaf from a printed 17th century Gregorian chant in two colors on fine hand made paper. Latin text with black hufnagel music (named for the resemblance to horseshoe-nail) on a black five-line stave. (490 x 330mm – 19.25 x 13’’)
Two large initials surrounded by a black and white floral design; one large initial printed in red.
From a Gradual (Graduale Missali Romano) produced and published by Christopher Kuchler in 1671 at Mainz, Germany.
The large “D” opens Psalm 22 (King James 23): “Dominus regit…” (The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters).
The large “I” begins Psalm 42 (KJ 43) 1-2: “Iudica me Deus…” (Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation that is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man. For thou art God my strength).
The large red “E” begins Psalm 42 (KJ 43) 3): “Emitte lucem…” (Send forth thy light and thy truth: they have conducted me, and brought me unto thy holy hill, and into thy tabernacles).
Graduals contain the musical chants for the proper of the Mass: introits, graduals, tracts, alleluia, offertory and communion verses, and sequences for special feasts. They may also include chants for the ordinary of the Mass: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei and for the introductory ‘asperges’ rite.