159 leaves, 135mm. by 102mm., complete, collation: i-xix8, xx7 (iv cancelled, with no loss to text), contemporary pagination in red, single column, 9 lines in black ink in a small and precise calligraphic hand with music on a 4-line red stave, rubrics in purple-red, small initials in red and blue, larger initials formed of highly ornate cadels, five large tonal diagrams (fols.9r-10v) the last with a coloured headband of concentric circles on columns on an iridescent yellow ground, small spots and smudges, ink-damage to last few leaves with very small holes in places, else good condition, nineteenth-century vellum over pasteboards
1. Produced in Germany for use from 1597 onwards (see below), for a Carthusian: St. Bruno "patris nostri" for 6 October in Calendar.
2. Conte Domenico Levera (1738-1817), whose monument stands in the Collegio de' Giudici in Bologna: his heraldic bookplate on flyleaf at end.
The volume comprises: a Calendar of Carthusian use (fol.1r); a Tabula festorum mobilium for 1597-1680 (fol.7r); tonal diagrams (fol.9r); the related texts, Brevis et utilis regula pro fiendis mutationibus and De Tona (fol.10v), followed by a short note on the method of singing advised by the mystic St. Brigit of Sweden in her Revelationes Extravagantes (fol.16v); and a portable antiphoner for the entire year (fol.17r).
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