A RARE ANTIPHONAL: only three copies are recorded by Censimento 16, in Faenza, Trento and Udine, and Worldcat has two entries, Oxford and Berlin. Benedetto Bordone is known to have produced woodcut illustrations for large liturgical works printed by Lucantonio Giunta around the turn of the sixteenth century. While these woodcuts are similar to those designed by Bordone, some of the cuts here are signed "Lunardus", who worked for Giunta in the 1520s. The large size typefaces were designed by Johann Emerich de Spira, who printed the earlier large format works for Giunta.
The metalwork on the binding is very similar to that on another Giunta large format liturgical work, the Gradual of 1499 (sale, Sotheby's, 28 May 2015, lot 41, also with Spanish provenance).