Cantoral de Missas de todo del año - illuminated Latin music book

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This is a manuscript music book that we are researching.  It appears to us to be a compilation from different earlier books, and the styles of writing and illumination are not the same throughout - the leaves at the back are larger than those of the main part of the book.

The notes added to the volume are in Spanish.  There is a list of contents at front in Spanish.

The Spanish has some abbreviations and is a bit hard to make out...the best we came up with is

"Para el canto de las Misas De los Santos que no se hallan en el Cantoral de todo el Ano, se tendra presente: Que puéden estar, o en el fin de aquel Libro, o en otro de Anos de Visperas o en el que nuevam, se ha formado Num. Del Margen significa el del Libro en que se halla, y in no se le senala ofso num. se hall todos en el. El num solosenala el Cuerpa del Cantoral Yeina C con el num senala el fol del Comun Noe re pone mas que Intisitor.."

The leaves are about 66 cm or 26 inches tall.  We have not yet had the right spot to weigh it, but it takes two people and a cart to move it.

The book was purchased about 30 years ago from an antique dealer in the Hudson Valley area of upstate New York.  The book dealer who bought it decided to not break it up for leaves, but didn't do anything else with it.  It has sat in a wooden box since then and this is the first it has seen the light of day in decades.  It is new to the market.

We are interested in finding the approximate date that the leaves were made, and where.  We think that the book in it's present form was assembled in the 16th century.   Send us an email if you have some insight into this volume - use the purple contact form to the left.

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