Italy, Milan, early 1500s
Initial I with Saints Peter and Paul. This
choir book is large (22 7/8" x 16 5/8") so that many people
could read from it at once. The volume is from a set of three made
for the monastery of Sant' Ambrogio Maggiore in Milan, Italy. Marginal
notes and vellum patches used to repair tears attest to the book's
long use. The initial depicts Saints Peter and Paul and marks the
Mass for their feast day, celebrated on June 29.
Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Lewis E 10, fol.