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Connecticut USA, Private collections, D-07lvz

US-RiCTpc D-07lvz
Six parchment fragments comprising approximately half a leaf of an antiphoner, probably from the early-thirteenth century, used in eighteenth-century book bindings. Possibly Cistercian. Square notation on a black four-line staff.
Liturgical Occasions

Agathae, Cathedra Petri


This reconstructed parchment leaf is composed of six fragments that are part of a series of musical binding materials ("The Ridgefield Project"). The parchment was used to bind volumes of the "Histoire Ecclesiastique pour servir de continuation à celle de Monsieur l'Abbé Fleury" (Paris, Pierre-Jean Mariette, 1720-1730). (See

The parchment pieces found in the Ridgefield Project appear to be from a thirteenth-century antiphoner and gradual from an (as yet unidentified) Cistercian monastery, possibly in France or Belgium. This half folio is composed of six binding pieces ("Group C") from Volumes 15, 17, and 21 of the Histoire, and is from an antiphoner. The chants are for the feast of Agatha; it is likely this folio was near "Group B" (perhaps even as part of a bifolio).

Selected Bibliography

Cistercian antiphoner (Fragment), Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum (

Notes on the Inventory
The fragments in Connecticut USA, Private collections, D-07lvz were inventoried by Anna de Bakker (Dalhousie University) and proofread by Debra Lacoste (Dalhousie University). This item was contributed by the Ridgefield Fragments Project; a private collection of over 100 pieces of musical and textual manuscript recovered from the spines of 25 18th century French books during restoration. The owner, who may be contacted via email at, expresses his thanks for the support of the DACT team and wider academic community.
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