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Item:173637172145Parchment, c.205×220mm (ca. 8×8¾ inches), each page originally c.205×150mm, about ¾ of a complete bifolium, each page written in 2 columns of 27 lines (one column missing) in a fine gothic bookhand with capitals stroked in red, rubrics in red, initials alternately blue or red; recovered from use as a flyleaf of pastedown but with less dirt and damage than usual (see photos and scans).Bought from Bernard Quaritch Ltd, from their Catalogue 1270 (London, 2000), no. 103 (see scans). TextThe incomplete leaf begins “Dixit ei Ihesus …” in a reading for Thomas the Apostle (“ … Dum ergo vidit Thomas dum palpavit …”) and continues on the other side with parts of Lessons 2 and 3 for St Silvester (“... Quem sanctus Silvester occulte medie noctis silentio raptum …”; cf. this printed edition) .The complete leaf has the end of Lesson 5 and all of Lesson 6 for the feast of St Sebastian (beginning at "Tunc beatus Sebastianus ..."), followed by Lessons 1, 2, and part of 3 for St Agnes (introduced by the rubric "Passio sancte Agnetis") The incomplete leaf therefore contains readings for 29 and 31 December (Thomas and Silvester), and the complete leaf contains readings for 20 and 21 January (Sebastian and Agnes). There were probably originally three or four more bifolia between them. Martyrologies – containing readings from the martyrs’ and other saints’ lives – are a rare class of manuscript, especially on the market. This fragment is from a fine English example.Subject:Religion, Bibles, Type:Handwritten Manuscript, Place of Publication:England, Material:Parchment, Language:Latin, Original/Facsimile:Original, Date of Publication:14th century
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14th-century English Martyrology, incomplete bifolium, manuscript in Latin