MANUSCRIPT CHOIRBOOK. [Germany: ca. Late 17th-early 18th Century].

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Folio (14 x 10 ½ in.; 35.6 x 26.7 cm.). 184 numbered leaves of thick paper, black ink with 12 staves of 5 lines per page, with music and words on 116 leaves, the rest with only staves, with tabs on fore-margins.  Contemporary pigskin over oak boards, each cover elaborately decorated with panels of roll tools, the spine in six compartments with five raised bands; extremities rubbed, lacking one clasp.

A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE OF A LATE 17TH-CENTURY CHURCH ANTIPHONARY OF SACRED MUSIC, REQUIEMS, AND MASSES.   Contains several versions of the Tantum ergo, Te Deum, Avertisti, Alleluja, Kyrie, Tota tota pulchra, and the Ave Maria.  PROVENANCE: with the library label of "CSSR Domus Mauternensis". From the mother house of the Redemtorists, or "CSSR" (Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer), a Roman Catholic missionary Congregation founded in 1732 by Saint Alphonsus Liguori at Scala, near Amalfi, Italy for the purpose of labouring among the neglected country people in the neighbourhood of Naples.   # 72lib1187