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Blog post from Tuesday, 26 August, 2014

Rimini Antiphonal, 1328: Of Franciscan provenance and bequeathed to the Library by Nelson Moore Richardson in 1928 this large musical treasure features the work of fourteenth century Italian miniaturist Neri da Rimini. The only Australian library to hold an example of his work this book of liturgical chants consists of 155 vellum folios bound in oak boards. The volume features 21 decorated letters and eight illustrated (historiated) letters coloured and decorated with gold leaf. The music is written in black square notation on a stave of four red lines, which is typical of European liturgical manuscripts of the period.

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