The 'Meyrick Page'



Canberra, The Australian National University Library

General Information

Material Parchment
Date of Origin 15th century
Script, Hands

Square musical notation on a 4-line stave. As is characteristic, the syllables of the lyrics are widely stretched over the musical notation. Viewed in isolation the syallables are virtually unintelligble.

Original Condition

Page Height at least 490 mm
Page Width at least 365 mm
Number of Columns 1
Number of Lines 9

Foliation in roman numerals (lxxxiiii), in red ink.

The number 1413 is written in black ink at the end of the last 4-line stave (verso). It appears to be a later hand. The significance of this number remains a mystery at this time.

More about the Condition

Current Condition

More about the Current Condition

The leaf is tension mounted.

Book Decoration and Musical Notation


Ten large cadel flourished initials in red, blue and brown, with extended pen trailing to the capital of the response Iustum deduxit dominus per uias rectas and anthropomorphic detail to the capital of the verse Letamini in domino et exulte iusti et gloriamini. The psalm verse and euouae have small black capitals with red highlight.

  • Musical Notation

    Square musical notation on a 4-line red stave.

  • Content

    • Content Item
      • Text Language Latin
      • Title Antiphons and responsorial chants for the Feast Common of one Martyr
      • Content Description
        . . . [Letabitur iustus in domino et]

        sperabit in eo et laudabuntur. Om
        nes recti corde alleluia alle-
        luia. Uersus. Letamini in domi
        no et exultate iusti et gloriamini.

        Omnes. Responsorium Beatus uir qui metuit
        dominum alleluia. In mandatis e-
        ius cupit nimis alleluia alle
        luia alleluia. Uersus. Potens

        in terra erit semen eius generacio rectorum  
        benedicetur. In. Ad laudes. Ego sum
        uia. Alleluia alleluia alleluia alleluia

        alleluia alleluia. Psalmus. Dominus regna. Euouae. Responsorium
        Magna est gloria eius in salutari tuo

        alleluia alleluia. Uersus. Gloriam et magnum
        decorem impones super eum alleluia alleluia.

        Uersus. Posuisti domine. Responsorium
        Iustum deduxit dominus per uias rectas allelu
        ia alleluia. Uersus. Et ostendit illi regnum Dei.
        alleluia alleluia. Ad benedictum antiphona. Alleluia ego suum . . .  



    Provenance is sketchy. The leaf was gifted to the Australian National University Library in 1984 by two sisters June Carnahan and Dawn Power (née Meyrick). It is named the 'Meyrick Page' in honour of the donors.

    Dawn Power obtained a written appraisal (dated 21 April 1983) of the leaf from Dennis E. Rhodes, Deputy Keeper Department of Printed Books, The British Library. He stated that the leaf was from a fifteenth-century antiphoner, and that it "was written in Germany or the Low Countries".

    A previous owner was Ernst von Feder (1824-1904), Karlsruhe. His collector's mark 'v. Feder' is imprinted in black on the recto, 4 x 12 mm (Lugt 923).


    Memorandum (dated 21 August 1984) from University Librarian Colin Steele records that the leaf was donated by Mrs June Carnahan.