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; two large initials printed in red.
From a Gradual (Graduale Missali Romano) produced and published by Christopher Kuchler in 1671 at Mainz, Germany.
The large red “A” begins Psalm 77 (King James 78) 1: “Attendite…” (Attend, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.).
The large “T” begins: “Tibi domine…” (To thee, 0 Lord, is left the poor one: of the fatherless thou art the helper).
The large red “V” begins Psalm 9:22 (KJ 10:1): “Vt quid domine…” (Why, O Lord, hast thou retired afar off? Why dost thou slight us in our wants, in the time of trouble? Whilst the wicked man is proud, the poor is set on fire).
The large “F” begins Psalm 17 (KJ 18) 3: “Factus est…” (The Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer).
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.