|Creator:||Johannes, de Caritate.|
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Formerly owned by Richard Elde; John Harcourt; A. A. Judo?. Johannes de Caritate, Privite of Privyteis. From the collection of Toshiyuki Takamiya, 2013-.
Several verses and aphorisms in a sixteenth?-century cursive hand on blank leaves and in margins.
Layout: single columns of 21-23 lines.
Script: English bookhand.
Decoration: numerous initials in gold or in blue with contrasting penwork.
Binding: fifteenth-century blind-stamped calf over wooden boards; remains of clasps.
Numerous errors in pencil foliation.
Manuscript, on vellum, in a single hand, of this unique English prose version of the twelfth-century Latin treatise Secretum secretorum, itself a translation of the Kitab sirr al-asrar. In addition to this text, the volume also includes a short astrological text (ff. 112-125) in Middle English, headed "secreta." The opening leaf is not present; the introduction by the translator praises Sir Miles Stapleton as his patron.
118 l. : parchment ; 212 x153 mm
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