Jul 15, 2021 - Sale 2576

Sale 2576 - Lot 8

Price Realized: $ 1,105
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 900 - $ 1,200
Saint Cecilia (circa 200-235 CE)
Engraved Portrait Scene, Fiat Cor Meum.

[Antwerp]: Johann Sadeler, circa 1590.

First edition, folio format copper-plate engraving, one of the earliest examples of engraved music, containing the complete parts for a motet for five voices by Daniel Raymundi (1558-1634); signed at right bottom corner in the plate, engraved by Sadeler after de Vos; likely issued separately by Johann Sadeler; slightly shaved at bottom within the plate mark, good impression, some browning, 10 3/4 x 8 in.

The engraving shows St. Cecilia singing on the left, with the music in an open choir-book at the center of the composition. An angel, looking on with the saint, accompanies her on the organ. Cecilia is the patron saint of music and musicians.

Hollstein xxi 305; CPM, vol 47, p.118. Jessie Ann Owens, Composers at Work (1997), pp. 48-49, indicating that organists in this period played from scores in choirbook format.