Illuminations: The Great Antiphons

Artist: Edith A Ibbs,Date: 1905

Description:6 leaves comprising the title leaf, 4 leaves of antiphons, and colophon leaf. 18x13 cm. (approximately 7x5¼"), full limp vellum binding, green and cloth cloth ties, modern oversize chemise and slipcase. The seven Great O Antiphons of the Roman Rite (O Sapientia, O Adonai, O Radix, O Clavis, O Oriens, and O Rex) plus an eighth from the Parisian Rite (O Pastor) meant to be read at church services in the days preceding Christmas Eve. Beautifully written, with elaborate pen work, and illuminated in gilt and various shades of reds, blues and greens. The first antiphon with a fabulous miniature painting of Mary and the Christ child receiving gifts from the three Magi. Edith Ibbs was a master at the craft of illumination, works attributed to her are quite scarce, those signed by her as this manuscript is, even more so. An article by Ibbs on the art of illumination appeared in the May, 1906 issue of The International Studio.