Item No: mcai650141
Additional Title: Antiphonary
Rare Book Department
Initial Q with the Annunciation to the Shepherds
These leaves can be dated to ca. 1430-1440.
This initial begins the first antiphon at Lauds for Christmas (Dec. 25), "Quem vidistis pastores dicite annunciate nobis in terries quis apparuit?" (What do you see, shepherds? Tell us, announce to us, who has appeared on earth?).
Lewis E M 65:1-78 were once thought to have come from a single manuscript associated with the Cistercian monastery at Zwettl in Austria. It has been determined, however, that the leaves are from a number of separate manuscripts and were likely produced by a team of scribes and artists at the scriptorium of the Benedictine monastery at Melk.
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Lewis E M 65:1-78