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Music and Manuscripts

Music and Manuscripts

Antique prints about music, musical instruments, illuminated manuscripts and calligraphy.
In the olden days, (before TV and phones!), music was often the favoured way for families to entertain themselves. Most middle and upper class families had a piano, and ladies and gentlemen would enjoy playing the piano and singing together. Sheet music was often bought to life with beautiful illustrations to help all understand the emotions and thoughts behind the composition.
Illuminated manuscripts has text embellished with decorations such as initials, borders and miniature illustrations. Before the invention of the printing press in 1455, all books were handwritten and often decorated. The word manuscript comes from the Latin words manus (hand) and scriptus (to write). Illuminated, from the Latin illuminare (to light up), denotes the glow created by the radiant colors of the illustrations. Illuminations took the form of decorated letters, borders and scenes (also called miniatures). Musical scores were also often decorated in this way.

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29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)Decorated with rather wonderful animal heads.An illuminated manuscri..
US$60.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)Decorated with ornamental swirls, twirls and animalsAn illuminated m..
US$50.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)An illuminated manuscript has text embellished with decorations such..
US$40.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)An illuminated manuscript has text embellished with decorations such..
US$50.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)An illuminated manuscript has text embellished with decorations such..
US$50.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)An illuminated manuscript has text embellished with decorations such..
US$50.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)Slightly bumped on tope edge, can be hidden when framed.An illuminat..
US$40.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)An illuminated manuscript has text embellished with decorations such..
US$50.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)Stunning embelishments based on birds and strange animalsAn illumina..
US$60.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)Decorated with floral and animal motifsAn illuminated manuscript has..
US$40.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)An illuminated manuscript has text embellished with decorations such..
US$60.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)An illuminated manuscript has text embellished with decorations such..
US$40.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)An illuminated manuscript has text embellished with decorations such..
US$40.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)An illuminated manuscript has text embellished with decorations such..
US$50.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)An illuminated manuscript has text embellished with decorations such..
US$50.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)An illuminated manuscript has text embellished with decorations such..
US$50.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)A few minor tears in margin, well away from image areaAn illuminated..
US$25.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)Repaired tear across lower right cornerAn illuminated manuscript has..
US$0.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)Missing piece torn of upper left cornerAn illuminated manuscript has..
US$0.00
29.5 x 20 cm (11.5 x 7.8 inches)Repaired tearsAn illuminated manuscript has text embellished with de..
US$0.00