St. Oswald, historiated initial

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St. Oswald, historiated initial

Prophetae Minores

Dates / Origin
Date Created: early 13th century
Library locations
Spencer Collection
Shelf locator: Spencer Collection Ms. 001
Ownership: Written for Berthold, abbot of Weingarten (1200-35), and mentioned in his missal (Morgan Ms. 710; listed as Ms.A9). Remained at Weingarten until 1781. Collection of Lord Vernon; his sale (1918) to Maggs. By 1920, acquired for the Spencer collection.
Content: As above, with chart by Dr. G.B. Guest. Library dossier.
Content: Foliated in ink, but mistake made as between ff. 98 and 99 one leaf not counted. Corrections in pencil.
Content: 24 lines in two columns, ruled in drypoint. Above top line. Quire signatures and prickings visible. Collation: I-VI#^8#; VII-VIII#^2#; IX#^6#; X-XIX#^8#; XX#^6#; 2 added leaves.
Content: Parchment
Content: 15 historiated initials, with portraits of prophets, saints etc.
Content: Rubrics. Initials in red, or red and yellow; others in red, blue and green. 19 elaborately decorated initials in many colors. On ff. 144v-146v, red daubs as placefinders, and 1-line red initials.
Content: Written for Berthold, Abbot of Weingarten (1200-1235), dated by Dr. Guest (in-house files) to ca. 1220; scribe B, s. XIV?; scribe D, s. XIII? Repairs to parchment with thread of various colors. Vellum tabs attached to fore edges as placemarkers.
Content: 4?: A, ff. 1v-50, 59-143v; B, f. 50v; C (=A?), ff. 51v-58v; D, ff 144-146v
Content: Contains six minor prophets and lives of saints. When rebound, it was separated from its other half (the first six minor prophets), now in St. Petersburg (in 1974 citation as Leningrad Public Library, ms. Lat. F.V.I. 133).
Content: Splendor of the Word, PBL # 28.3
Type of Resource
Still image
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 08944570-c628-012f-ad96-58d385a7bc34
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  • 2018

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St. Oswald, historiated initial