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Martyrologium Late 14th/Early 15th century

In February of 2003 we had the opportunity to sit in on a lecture regarding medieval manuscripts with Dr. Tom Amos, the head of special collections at Western Michigan University.  Dr. Amos very graciously let us take pictures of the period manuscripts he had brought with him from the University Collection.

Martyrologium Late 14th/Early 15th century of unknown location

 The cover is tooled brown leather. My original notes say that it was also gilded but upon further review of the images it doesn't appear to be.  Conchobar seems to recall that the edges of the book block may have been gilded. 

Dual brass clasp closure.     

Vellum pages are bound to white leather strips, which are woven through hardwood boards.

Headband wrapped over thick twine.

The gilded lettering on the spine seems to be on black pieces of leather which were glued on at a later date.

Vellum endpaper has an inscription from the owner.

Glued in tabs straddle the folio and mark frequently read sections of the manuscript.

Elaborate orange-red and blue versals with filigree throughout the text.


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