|Creator:||Ambrose, Saint, Bishop of Milan, d. 397|
[between 1125 and 1150]
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Script: Written by two scribes in late caroline minuscule. Scribe 1 (ff. 1r-61r): preference for uncial d, angular abbreviation strokes, and a slightly larger module of script than that used by Scribe 2 (ff. 61r-83r).
Plain red initials, 6- to 4-line, with small "pearls" on the thin strokes of the letters, introduce each text. Headings in red. Instructions to rubricator and guide letters.
Heavily stained but with no loss of text.
Binding: 1800-1810, Italy. Half bound with a brown calf spine and goatskin corners, bright pink paper sides and red edges. Three green, gold-tooled labels on the spine: "Manuscri," "S Ambrosi de Cain" and "Seculi XII". Bound in the same distinctive style as Marston MSS 50, 125, 128, 135, 151, 158, 159 and 197, all of Hautecombe provenance.
Acquired from Maggs Bros. of London in 1957 by L. C. Witten, who sold it the same year to Thomas E. Marston.
Manuscript on parchment of Ambrose, 1) De paradiso. 2) De Cain et Abel. 3) Exhortatio virginitatis. 4) De institutione virginis. Written perhaps at the Cistercian abbey of Hautecombe to which it belonged.
ff. iii + 84 + iii : parchment ; 330 x 235 (ff. 1-28: 250 x 175; ff. 29-83: 270-265 x 185-180) mm.
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