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MS 8 - 1340 France

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.

MS 8 - 1340 France

The cover is tooled brown leather.  As with the Martyrologium, my notes state that the cover was gilded yet I'm not seeing it in the pictures.

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

Note the uneven leather of the cover.

Notice the groves carved out of the wooden boards that the leather strips rest in.  This helps facilitate a flat closure of the book.  Small wooden shims hold the strips firmly in place.

The knotted tabs that have been sewn in are contemporary to the manuscript and mark sections frequently used in the book.

Elaborate orange-red and blue versals surrounded by blue, green, yellow and purple filigree pen work dot the pages.  Paint on all of the illuminated letters was very translucent.

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