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Script: Written by multiple scribes in early gothic book hand, above top line; an early hand has sporadically added running headlines and some notes in lead.
Red and medium blue split initials with penwork designs in red and/or blue on ff. 3r, 107r, 194r, 217v; red and/or blue initials, most lacking penwork designs, appear for major text divisions; initial on f. 139r in red and yellow. Numerous smaller initials in green, red, blue and sometimes yellow, a few with simple void designs or in ink of a contrasting color. Rubrics throughout, some written perpendicular to text when there was insufficient space. Numbers and initial letters for chapter lists in red, blue, yellow and/or green. Remains of guide letters and notes to rubricator.
Binding: Fifteenth century (?), Flanders or France. Wooden boards with a faint rectangular panel design on each board; fastenings may be later additions? Original sewing on double cords. Remains of tawed skin saddle stitched around the tail endband and brown leather added at the head. Paper pastedowns and flyleaves added later. Traces of corner fittings from an earlier binding on first and last parchment leaves.
Purchased from H. P. Kraus by Thomas E. Marston.
Manuscript on parchment (thick, furry; many leaves repaired) of a collection of Saints' lives. The manuscript can probably be attributed to an Augustinian house of Canons Regular in the ancient region of Lotharingia.
ff. i + 245 + i : parchment ; 247 x 175 (174 x 111) mm.
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