Giant Manuscript Antiphony

Written by: Andrew Lundeen

Primary Source: The Special Collections Provenance Project at MSU, September 22, 2015

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Here are some close-up shots from the giant manuscript antiphonary we wrote about a few months ago.  Last Wednesday was the MSU Libraries Open House, and this was one of the wonderful items Special Collections set out to entice passers-by.

Some of the students who stopped by affectionately referred to it as a “Harry Potter book,” which I can certainly understand!  There is something magical about old books, after all.  This one has some fantastic little details (not that little, really) that can be easy to miss at first glance, like the birds hanging out in the margin of one page, or the fine detail work on some of the initials.

Displaying the book also gave me a chance to look at some of the marginalia and signs of use in the giant manuscript, which I hadn’t had a chance to examine closely before.  In one of the photos above you can see a relatively recent Spanish marginal note that tells us a bit about the manuscript’s historical trajectory.  It certainly is a fascinating volume.

http://catalog.lib.msu.edu/record=b4805328~S39a

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Andrew Lundeen
Andrew Lundeen, a Special Collections Librarian at MSU, is a recent master’s graduate in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (‘14). Since September 2013, Andrew has spearheaded the MSU Provenance Project, an effort to document marks of ownership and marks of use in rare books at MSU.
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