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Liturgical Libellus ...; known as the Prayerbook of Elizabeth of York : manuscript codex.


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Corporate Author:
Catholic Church
Latin. In Latin.
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[London, England, 1200-1230]
  • Manuscript/Archive
  • 1 volume: ii (paper) + 21 leaves (parchment) + ii (paper), 180 x 127 mm.
Bound in the nineteenth century by P. Thompson, an Englishman living in Paris, in ornamental morocco, front and back covers with gilt scrolls and a center ornament of inlaid red and white roses. Gilt edges, green silk bookmark. Spine title: "Genesis Excerpta." The script is written in eleven long lines in a formal upright early Gothic bookhand. The size of the script suggests it was designed to be used for public reading during Mass; however, there is no evidence that suggests that these leaves were a fragment from a longer book.
Open for research; material must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.
The text includes Biblical readings for Mass on Holy Saturday (ff. 1-21), ending on f. 12 with the readings for the Vigil of Pentecost, and concluding with a note that the readings are followed by a collect and the Litanies..
Purchased, 2014. Accession 2014-010.
Traditionally said to have been owned by Elizabeth Woodville and her daughter, Queen Elizabeth of York, wife of Hery VII.
This codex was possibly at Westminster Abbey in the late 15th or early 16th century when "Westminster Abbaye, " was written three times (f.1, f.11, and f. 21). Based on notes written on f.1, f.2, f.4, f.12, f.20, and f.21, it has traditionally been said that the manuscript belonged to Elizabeth of Woodville (c.1437-1492), wife of King Edward IV, and then to her daughter, Elizabeth of York (1466-1503), wife of King Henry VII. Later it belonged to Jean-Baptiste Joseph Barrois (1784-1855), book collector, who had it bound in its present binding. The Barrois collection was bought by Bertram, 4th Lord of Ashburnham (1797-1878) in 1849. The remains of the Ashburnham-Barrois collection were subsequently sold by Bertram, 5th Lord of Ashburnham (1840-1913) at auction at Sotheby's, London, 10-14 June 1901, this manuscript lot 328. Thereafter it changed hands often and figured in many eminent collections. There is a bookplate for Jacobi P.R. Lyell (for further provenance details contact this repository). Most recently it belonged to Joseph Pope (1921-2010) of Toronto, who acquired it from Sotheby's in 1983.

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