Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah


This parchment codex with gothic choral notation contains the lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah set to music, along with the Christmas story from the Gospel of Saint Matthew. The volume was compiled by Georg Ayblinger on behalf of an unknown priest from Oettingen (in Bavaria, Germany) and is dated 1594. The decoration consists of a painted initial “E” in the shape of golden capital letter on folio 2 recto with a landscape background in a golden frame. The illustration shows a meadow with a line of trees, hills, and buildings illuminated by the sun on the horizon. The decoration of the entire codex includes pen-and-ink flourishes to notes and letters. The scribe is unknown, and two folio pages are missing.

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Title in Original Language

Lamentationes Jheremiae Prophetae pro Hebdomada sancta ad usum ... (novem), Evangelium sancti Mathaei

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Physical Description

34 folios : parchment ; 270 x 315 x 35 millimeters

Last updated: April 29, 2016