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’’)
Three large initials surrounded by a black and white floral design.
From a Gradual (Graduale Missali Romano…) produced and published by Christopher Kuchler in 1671 at Mainz, Germany.
The large “P” begins; “Populum…” (You will save the humble nation, O Lord, and bring down the eyes of the proud. For none is God other than you, Lord.).
The large “V” begins: “Videns…” (The Lord, seeing the sisters of Lazarus crying at the tomb, wept in the presence of the Jews, and he shouted: “Lazarus, come forth”. And out he came, hands and feet bound, he who had been dead for four days.).
The large “S” begins: “Sitientes venite…” (You who thirst, come to the waters, saith the Lord…).
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.