Item #11259 Recueil De Cantiques A L’Usage Des Missions De France, Avec les Airs notés, Auquel il a été ajouté quelques réflexions sur les avantages des Missions, et une relation de ce qui s’est passé de plus remarquable à celle de Montpellier en 1821.
Recueil De Cantiques A L’Usage Des Missions De France, Avec les Airs notés, Auquel il a été ajouté quelques réflexions sur les avantages des Missions, et une relation de ce qui s’est passé de plus remarquable à celle de Montpellier en 1821.
Recueil De Cantiques A L’Usage Des Missions De France, Avec les Airs notés, Auquel il a été ajouté quelques réflexions sur les avantages des Missions, et une relation de ce qui s’est passé de plus remarquable à celle de Montpellier en 1821.
Recueil De Cantiques A L’Usage Des Missions De France, Avec les Airs notés, Auquel il a été ajouté quelques réflexions sur les avantages des Missions, et une relation de ce qui s’est passé de plus remarquable à celle de Montpellier en 1821.
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Recueil De Cantiques A L’Usage Des Missions De France, Avec les Airs notés, Auquel il a été ajouté quelques réflexions sur les avantages des Missions, et une relation de ce qui s’est passé de plus remarquable à celle de Montpellier en 1821.

Montpellier, Pierre-Jacques Daumas 1822.

4to (199 x 127 mm.). Manuscript on heavy wove paper. Contemporary pagination: 369, [1 blank]p. In a single elegant cursive hand, six five-line music staves and up to twenty-seven lines of text per page, text ruled in pencil and within ink borders, one full-page color illustration of a cross in ink and crayon, HUNDREDS OF TEXT ORNAMENTS IN BRIGHTLY COLORED INKS — flowers, stars, scallop shells, architectural elements, etc., headings and three lines of title text stenciled in red, title in a green geometric frame; etched medallion bust portrait of Jesuit missionary Claude Guyon (Guis., Marseille 1821) tipped-in facing the title.

Slightly later Romantic binding of long-grain reddish brown morocco (Gustave Durville, Marseilles); the outer frame has gilt rules, a gilt roll of ferns, tulips and daisies and a narrow palm-leaf roll in blind, AN UNUSUAL GILT TOOL OF A MAN AND A WOMAN FACING EACH OTHER in the corners, gilt-lettered spine elaborately decorated with gilt green morocco onlays and one compartment decorated in blind with a center red morocco onlay, board edges and turn-ins gilt, mustard colored ribbed paper endleaves, all edges gilt, two pink silk markers.

Beautiful collection of music and lyrics to sixty-four songs and twenty-eight additional alternative melodies selected for the 1821 Catholic mission to Montpellier. The formidable and charismatic Jesuit Claude Guyon (1795-1845) led the faithful in this six-month post-Napoleonic proselytizing effort and specified the approved tunes for Daumas, a Pézenas calligrapher and printer.
            He compiled this manuscript to complement the authorized printed lyrics, which he had issued the previous year without music. He likely produced this attractive manuscript and commissioned its luxury binding for a wealthy patron. Daumas enhanced almost every page with colorful ornaments, some are whimsical, others emblematic — teardrops and a skull for death (no. 30), hearts for the Sacré Cœur (no. 49).
            The final fifty pages provide the historical context and principal events of the mission, offering day-by-day church-by-church details of services, prayers, retreats and celebrations. By Daumas’ reckoning, nearly thirty thousand faithful turned out for the 26 April procession, including four thousand five hundred girls carrying embroidered flags. In very good condition.
¶See Sommervogel-deBacker’s Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus III: 1976-77 and Burnichon’s La Compagnie de Jésus en France I: 210-213 for Guyon and Quérard’s La France Litteraire I: 269 (for the the printed lyrics of 1821.

Item #11259

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