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Reference code
13th century
Level of description
Extent and format
Vellum; ff. ii + 400. Folio. Medieval binding of white leather over wooden boards, lacks clasps. Traces of writing (various dates) on covers. Numerous later ownership annotations and scribbles, mostly 16th century, including a four-line poem 'Mans life is but a flower', dated 23 August 1583, and the name of Francis Brereton, fol. 130; several references to Richard Young, fols. 27v, 164, 225v; Edward Crispe, fol. 114v; 'This bibul was hare(?) When Master Cole Was her ...', fol. 115v. Bookplate of the Rev. Charles Lyttelton, PSA, fol. i.
Scope and content
Bible. Written in England. Two main hands. See Ker, MMBL, I (1969), 303-4, for the order of books and prologues. Interpretation of Hebrew names (F. Stegmüller, Repertorium biblicum medii aevi (Madrid, 1950-80), no. 7709), imperfect, letters A-S, fols. 378-400v (stubs follow). Partial borders in red and blue, fols. 1, 3v; initials throughout in two main styles, red and blue with penwork decoration, and (e.g. fol. 147v) red, blue, green, brown. Copious marginal annotation, 13th-15th century, particularly by one 15th-century hand to Genesis- end of Numbers (fol. 60). 'Orate pro anima hugonis Blith sacerdotis', 15th century, fol. 377.
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