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Date Created: early 14th century
Place Term: Italy
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Spencer Collection
Shelf locator: Spencer Collection Ms. 25
Ownership : Lord Mostyn collection; his sale (1920) to Quaritch. Obtained for Spencer from the estate of W.M. Voynich, 1931.

Content : De Ricci, 1340. Library dossier (Master's Essay by Bernard McTigue, 1980). Chart by Dr. G.B. Guest.

Content : 58 lines per page, in two columns, ruled in pencil. Mostly gatherings of 12.

Content : Parchment

Content : 92 historiated initials on gold fields introducing each book; illuminated initials occasionally have grotesques or animals.

Content : 100 illuminated initials in gold, blue, pink, green and red. 2-line and larger red, blue (and some black) initials, with opposing color penwork. Names of books and chapter numbers in red and blue. Rubrics.

Content : De Ricci, Guest, and some notes in dossier date this to the late 13th century; McTigue dates it to the last quarter of the 13th century; other notes simply date it to the 13th century.

Content : Main text ends f. 434; notes on f. 434v (in later hand, including index to Psalms etc.). Text of Vulgate, with addition of 3 Esdras from the Old Testament Apocrypha. The Song of Songs is entitled "Vox Ecclesiae ad Christum."

Content: Splendor of the Word, PBL # 12.2
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UUID: 53856040-c621-012f-a1ff-58d385a7bc34
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  • : Created
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

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Numbers, initial