Book — 2 partial leaves (used as pastedowns in a volume of Omphalius, De elocutionis imitatione ac apparatu liber unus, Cologne, Birckmann and Richwin, 1563).
The text of the the first leaf includes a discussion of St. Aethelwold and mention of the monasteries of Winchester and Barking. The text of the second leaf is from Rabanus Maurus, Commentariorum in Matthaeum libri octo. Both leaves contain the abbreviated heading 'l[e]c[tio]' suggesting lessons for liturgical reading, but the script is not that of a conventional lectionary for ecclesiastical or monastic use. [from dealer descrption]
Catalonia, Spain : [s.n.], 2nd half of 14th century.
Archive/Manuscript — 1 leaf, 283 x 210 mm (252 x 190 mm)]
From a luxury manuscript of Rabanus Maurus’s great encyclopedia De rerum naturis. The text here contains much of the first chapter of Book 2, ‘De Adam et posteris eius usque ad patriarchas’ and the beginning of the second chapter, ‘De patriarchis et ceteris eiusdem aetatis hominibus’. Many of the surviving manuscripts of De rerum naturis bear the evidence of close study by their medieval readers, and the present fragment is no exception. Traces of a border at the top of the right-hand column on the verso indicate that there was once a miniature there.The iconography of the initial here is rather mysterious, but may have related to the miniature which once appeared above it.