Unlike the prayer book with the matzoh, which was acquired by Dr. Rosenbach, this 1808 Haggadah was a Rosenbach family item.
|Gradual leaf. Spanish, 1500-1550. 1954.1881. The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia|
Turning to an Easter item, this page is a leaf from a gradual and the musical text reads "Resurrexi et adhuc tecum alleluia" (the alleluia is cut off by the page break) This is the beginning of the introit for Easter Sunday and translates as "I am risen, and I am always with you, alleluia". You can hear the chant performed by French Benedictine monks in this video:
Our leaf is Spanish and was produced in the first half of the 16th century. The page is quite large (30 1/2" x 21") which is not unusual, since it was intended to be sung from by a group. The historiated letter R at the upper left contains two images. In the upper scene Jesus stands on a conquered demon, holding a cross staff and extending his hands to rescue soul from hell. In the lower scene, the resurrected Christ appears to the Virgin Mary and other figures.
|Gradual leaf (detail). Spanish, 1500-1550. 1954.1881. The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia|