The style of illumination is extremely close to a series of other initials sold in our rooms: 16 May 1955, lots 74, 76 (bought by Alan Thomas); 18 June 1991, lot 5; 5 December 2000, lot 8 (now Strasbourg, Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire); and 5 December 2017, lot 16 (col.ill.). Their origin is uncertain, but Alsace, Franconia, and Würzburg have been suggested.
The text and music on the reverse consists of parts of the Offertory, Secret, and Communion for the first Sunday in Advent: the large illuminated initial ‘A’ was therefore the first major initial in the parent volume: ‘Ad te levavi animam meam …’.
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