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Missal, containing feasts in July and August, including the Division of the Apostles, Alexis, Praxedis, Dominic, Oswald, Felix, Affra, and Donatus : manuscript fragment.


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Catholic Church.
Latin. In Latin.
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[Southern Germany or Switzerland : circa 1400]
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  • Partial bifolium stitched into early twentieth-century card wrappers. The first leaf measures 325 x 250 mm (274 x 180 mm)
St. Oswald, the seventh-century king of Northumbria, was venerated mainly in England and southern Germany, but there is also a church dedicated to him at Zug in Switzerland. Text not continuous; double columns of 32 lines, ruled in ink, written in dark brown ink in two sizes of a gothic bookhand. Capitals touched in red, rubrics in red, one- and two-line initials alternately in red and blue, guides to the decorator and rubricator. Early marginal note in lower margin of verso of first leaf, late medieval foliation "xxiii" and xxvi". Approximately half of outer column of text cropped from second leaf, evidence of fire damage at head and slightly stained and soiled.
Open for research; material must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.
Purchased from Bernard Quaritch (catalog 1396, number 39), 2010. Accession 2010-179.
Apparently from the Schlossarchiv at Eisenberg, south-west of Leipzig: "Joachim Linzen ... Anno Dni XVc XXV, " (i.e. 1525, the period of the Peasants' War, when many churches and monasteries were destroyed) is inscribed in a sixteenth-century hand in the outer margin of the first leaf, and "Eisenb. Schlossarchiv" in an eighteenth-century hand in the lower margin. The early twentieth-century card wrapper into which the bifolium is stitched has "Kloster zu Eisenberg / Anno 1207 bis 1524. / Aus seiner Bucherei" printed on the upper cover.

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