File NLW MS 22253A [RESTRICTED ACCESS]. - Breviarium,

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  • [mid 15 cent.]. (Creation)

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475 ff. : Parchment ; 135 x 85 mm. (written space c. 100 x 60 mm., two columns) and 70 mm. thick. Quires mostly of eight. Binding of 15/16 cent., oak boards in blind-tooled calf (two heads in medallions in a central panel); remains of strap attachment; red lettering-piece of 18 or 19 cent. lettered 'Missale'.

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On f. 320 verso in a banderole is the name Thomas Greke, second half 15 cent., and in the calendar on 7 March an obit of John Greke and his wife and four others of his family. On f. 475 verso is 'John [?] Enell', 16/17 cent. Inside the upper board, in ink, is 'No. 38', perhaps 18 cent.

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Sotheby's; London; Purchased at auction, lot 207; 25 June 1986

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A breviary, use of Sarum, from Lanteglos by Fowey, Cornwall, mid 15 cent. Comprises temporale (ff. 1-182), dedication of a church (ff. 182-8 verso), benedictions (f. 189 recto-verso), calendar (ff. 190-5 verso), psalter (ff. 197-281 verso, four leaves wanting after f. 230 and two after f. 296, with litany on ff. 275-8 verso), commune (ff. 282-321 verso), sanctorale (ff. 322-451 verso). On ff. 451 verso-75, added by three hands, are offices for nova festa including Saints David, Chad, John of Beverley and Winifred, the Visitation, St Osmund, and the Transfiguration; the first four are included in the calendar by the primary hand, the last three, together with the feast of the Name of Jesus, are added. Also added to the calendar by hands of second half 15 cent. are Saints Bridget, Patrick, Beuno and 'Willeus' (patron saint of Lanteglos by Fowey) and the dedication of the church of Lanteglos. Willeus is also added to the litany on f. 275 verso. Plain red and blue initials.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 22253A [RESTRICTED ACCESS].

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  • English



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  • Text: NLW MS 22253A [RESTRICTED ACCESS]; $z - Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only..