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Shelfmark Davis701
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Title Koran (pt 25) [Arabic manuscript on paper in Naskhi script]
Place of Publication [Egypt]
Date of Publication [Late 14c]
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Shelfmark Davis701
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Country Egypt
Period 14c
Colour Brown
Cover Material Goatskin (includes morocco, turkey etc)
Decorative Technique Tooled in blind; Tooled in gold
Style/Type Centre and cornerpiece
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Ownership mark Aytmish al Bajasi, Amir (d.1400)
Reference M M Foot, The Henry Davis Gift, vol III, London, 2010
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Shelfmark Add Ms 12023
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Author JUSTINIANI IMPERATORIS
Title JUSTINIANI IMPERATORIS Digestum Novum... On vellum, xivth cent., finely written, with several miniatures skilfully executed by an Italian artist. Large Folio.
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Shelfmark Add Ms 12023
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Country Italy
Period 14c
Colour White / cream
Cover Material Leather (unspecified)
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Style/Type Plain
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Notes With metal bosses with lettering, cornerpieces and centrepieces.



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Shelfmark Sloane manuscript 2400
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Title Part 1; Psalter ('The Felbrigge Psalter'), with a calendar, imperfect (lacking July and August), canticles, litany, and prayers Origin France, N. Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 13th century Language Latin Script Gothic, written below top line.
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Shelfmark Sloane manuscript 2400
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Country England
Period 14c
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Decorative Technique Embroidered
Style/Type Religious miscellaneous
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Bookbinder Felbrigge, Anne, embroiderer
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Reference P Wallis 'the embroidered binding of the Felbrige Psalter' in British Library Journal, 13 (1987) pp.71-8.CF the Vaux Psalter (Laamberth Palace) described in Opus Anglicanum; English Medieval Embroidery, (1963) p64. Alexandra Walsham, 'Jewels for gentlewomen; religious books as artefacts in late medieval and early modern England' in ed Swanson, The church and the book, 2004, pp.123-142.
Notes Historiated embroidered panels in silver, red, green, yellow and brown on a linen ground, incorporated into an 18th-century binding. This is the earliest known surviving embroidered binding: see Foot 1986. Binding 1st quarter of the 14th century. Provenance English ownership: additions in the calendar of the translations of Edmund of Canterbury, bishop and confessor, and Edmund, king and martyr, in June, and other additions (see Wallis 1987 p. 71. Anne Felbrigge, daughter of Sir Simon Felbrigge (b. 1368, d. 1442), standard-bearer to Richard II, and nun of the Franciscan (Poor Clares) abbey of the Annunciation of St Mary, Bruisyard, Suffolk: the Felbrigge arms of a lion rampant gules on the painted edges; inscriptions 'ffelbrigg' (f. 1 verso); 'Iste liber est sororis anne ffelbrygge ad terminum vite post cuius decessum pertinebit conventui minorissarum de Brusyerde' (2v); obits of Anne's mother, Margaret, and father Simon in the calendar (ff. 3, 5v, 7v); the probable addition during her ownership of prayers (ff. 165-166v).


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Shelfmark Sloane manuscript 2400
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Country England
Period 14c
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Decorative Technique Embroidered
Style/Type Religious miscellaneous
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Bookbinder Felbrigge, Anne, embroiderer
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Notes Historiated embroidered panels in silver, red, green, yellow and brown on a linen ground, incorporated into an 18th-century binding. This is the earliest known surviving embroidered binding: see Foot 1986. Binding 1st quarter of the 14th century. Provenance English ownership: additions in the calendar of the translations of Edmund of Canterbury, bishop and confessor, and Edmund, king and martyr, in June, and other additions (see Wallis 1987 p. 71. Anne Felbrigge, daughter of Sir Simon Felbrigge (b. 1368, d. 1442), standard-bearer to Richard II, and nun of the Franciscan (Poor Clares) abbey of the Annunciation of St Mary, Bruisyard, Suffolk: the Felbrigge arms of a lion rampant gules on the painted edges; inscriptions 'ffelbrigg' (f. 1 verso); 'Iste liber est sororis anne ffelbrygge ad terminum vite post cuius decessum pertinebit conventui minorissarum de Brusyerde' (2v); obits of Anne's mother, Margaret, and father Simon in the calendar (ff. 3, 5v, 7v); the probable addition during her ownership of prayers (ff. 165-166v).


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Shelfmark Or.9671
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Title Qur’an (part 7) [Egypt, late 14c].
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Shelfmark Or.9671
Cover and flap
Country Africa
Period 14c
Colour Brown
Cover Material Goatskin (includes morocco, turkey etc)
Decorative Technique Tooled in blind; Tooled in gold
Style/Type Mudejar, Moorish inspired geometric; Interlacing ribbon/strapwork
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Reference Colin F Baker, Quran Manuscripts, London, 2007. pp102-3
Notes Illuminated and bound for the Amir Aitmish al-Bajasi (d.803/1400). Example of Egyptian binding during the Mamluk period. A rare original Mamluk binding with flap.



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Shelfmark Add Ms 17399
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Title THE APOCALYPSE, with commentary, in French. [See MSS. Reg. 15 D. ii. f. 104; 19 B. xv.; and Harl. MS. 4,972. Compare Harl. MS. 1,527] [Manuscript on parchment ] with rudely painted miniatures. In original binding of stamped leather. Small Quarto. [Add. 17,399.]
Place of Publication
Date of Publication 15c
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Country France
Period 14c
Colour Brown
Cover Material Goatskin (includes morocco, turkey etc)
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Notes With bosses.


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Shelfmark Egerton 2808
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Title Evangelistarium (Gospel lessons throughout the year) Origin Eastern Mediterranean Date last quarter of the 12th or first quarter of the 13th century Parchment manuscript Language Greek
Place of Publication
Date of Publication 13C
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Shelfmark Egerton 2808
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Country Greece
Period 14c
Colour Brown
Cover Material Goatskin (includes morocco, turkey etc)
Decorative Technique Tooled in blind
Style/Type Panel design; Diaper; Byzantine
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Notes Binding Pre-1600. Brown leather over boards with blind tooling the edges flush with the leaves and deeply grooved, the upper cover originally having bosses, corner-pieces and a central plaque. Binding repaired but was probably Byzantine style binding, date uncertain. Complete digital coverage available for this manuscript; see Digitised Manuscripts http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/


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Shelfmark Egerton 2808
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Country Greece
Period 14c
Colour Brown
Cover Material Goatskin (includes morocco, turkey etc)
Decorative Technique Tooled in blind
Style/Type Panel design; Diaper; Byzantine
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Notes Binding Pre-1600. Brown leather over boards with blind tooling the edges flush with the leaves and deeply grooved, the upper cover originally having bosses, corner-pieces and a central plaque. Binding repaired but probably originally Byzantine style, date uncertain. Complete digital coverage available for this manuscript; see Digitised Manuscripts http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/


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Shelfmark Add MS 18866
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Author Muhammad ibn ‘Isa ibn Isma‘il al-Hanafī al-Aqsars’i]
Title Nihayat al-su’l wa-al-umniyah fī ta‘allum a‘mal al-furusiyah [A Mamluk manual on horsemanship, military arts and technology]
Place of Publication Egypt or Syria?
Date of Publication 14c
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Shelfmark Add MS 18866
Right cover and flap doublure
Country Egypt
Period 14c
Colour Brown
Cover Material Goatskin (includes morocco, turkey etc)
Decorative Technique Tooled in blind
Style/Type Centrepiece made of small tools; Circle
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Ownership mark
Reference Duncan Haldane, Islamic Bookbinding, London, 1983, Arab bookbindings, p46. Karin Scheper, The technique of Islamic bookbinding, Leiden, 2015.
Notes Egypt or Syria. Probably originally unsupported sewing structure. Repaired. Purchased at the sale of Sir Thomas Reade at Sotheby's 28 January 1852. Higher resolution images of binding and manuscript can be found on The British Library and Qatar Foundation online digitisation project (forthcoming).



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Shelfmark Add Ms 12004
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Title M. VALERII MARTIALIS Epigrammatum libri xiv., ex emendatione Torquati Genadii ;-Diversorum veterum Poetarum in Priapum lusus. On vellum, xvth cent., very elegantly written and ornamented. On the first pane are emblazoned the arms of Nemi and Albizzi
Place of Publication Florence
Date of Publication 15c
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Shelfmark Add Ms 12004
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Country Italy
Period 14c
Colour Brown
Cover Material Goatskin (includes morocco, turkey etc)
Decorative Technique Tooled in blind; Tooled in gold
Style/Type Knotwork/ropework; Panel design; Centrepiece; Circle
Edges Plain
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Notes Probably late 14 early 15c. Traces of 4 pairs of clasps.



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Shelfmark Add Ms 28815
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Title New Testament, imperfect (Gregory-Aland 699; Scrivener evst. 603; von Soden δ 104) Mid 10th century
Place of Publication Eastern Mediterranean
Date of Publication 10c
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Shelfmark Add Ms 28815
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Country Eastern Mediterranean
Period 14c
Colour Silver
Cover Material Metal
Decorative Technique Enamelled
Style/Type Treasure binding; Religious miscellaneous; Pictorial
Edges Painted
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Notes Bound in wooden boards covered with velvet and lined on the inner sides with embroidered silk. Forming a border round the upper cover are silver-gilt plates worked with figures, of post-Byzantine date but probably based on a 14th-century template: Rhoby (2012). The plates at the top and bottom have half-length figures of the four Evangelists (in the order John, Mark, Matthew and Luke) as well as the Apostles Peter and Paul. The plates on the sides depict scenes from the life of St Demetrius, according to Rhoby (2012), arguing against Walter (1970) who identified them as showing the overthrow of the heretics Nestorius and Noetus. In the centre of the cover is a gilt plate worked with a Deesis (the figures of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist), the nimbuses enamelled, and, above and below, the symbols of the four evangelists and cherubim.


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Country Eastern Mediterranean
Period 14c
Colour Silver
Cover Material Metal
Decorative Technique Enamelled
Style/Type Treasure binding; Religious miscellaneous; Pictorial
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Notes Bound in wooden boards covered with velvet and lined on the inner sides with embroidered silk. Forming a border round the upper cover are silver-gilt plates worked with figures, of post-Byzantine date but probably based on a 14th-century template: Rhoby (2012). The plates at the top and bottom have half-length figures of the four Evangelists (in the order John, Mark, Matthew and Luke) as well as the Apostles Peter and Paul. The plates on the sides depict scenes from the life of St Demetrius, according to Rhoby (2012), arguing against Walter (1970) who identified them as showing the overthrow of the heretics Nestorius and Noetus. In the centre of the cover is a gilt plate worked with a Deesis (the figures of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist), the nimbuses enamelled, and, above and below, the symbols of the four evangelists and cherubim. Doublures of embriodered silk.


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Shelfmark Add Ms 28815
Fore edge
Country Eastern Mediterranean
Period 14c
Colour Silver
Cover Material Metal
Decorative Technique Enamelled
Style/Type Treasure binding; Religious miscellaneous; Pictorial
Edges Painted
Bookbinder
Ownership mark
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Notes Bound in wooden boards covered with velvet and lined on the inner sides with embroidered silk. Forming a border round the upper cover are silver-gilt plates worked with figures, of post-Byzantine date but probably based on a 14th-century template: Rhoby (2012). The plates at the top and bottom have half-length figures of the four Evangelists (in the order John, Mark, Matthew and Luke) as well as the Apostles Peter and Paul. The plates on the sides depict scenes from the life of St Demetrius, according to Rhoby (2012), arguing against Walter (1970) who identified them as showing the overthrow of the heretics Nestorius and Noetus. In the centre of the cover is a gilt plate worked with a Deesis (the figures of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist), the nimbuses enamelled, and, above and below, the symbols of the four evangelists and cherubim. Doublures of embriodered silk.


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Shelfmark Add Ms 28815
Top edge
Country Eastern Mediterranean
Period 14c
Colour Silver
Cover Material Metal
Decorative Technique Enamelled
Style/Type Treasure binding; Religious miscellaneous; Pictorial
Edges Painted
Bookbinder
Ownership mark
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Notes Bound in wooden boards covered with velvet and lined on the inner sides with embroidered silk. Forming a border round the upper cover are silver-gilt plates worked with figures, of post-Byzantine date but probably based on a 14th-century template: Rhoby (2012). The plates at the top and bottom have half-length figures of the four Evangelists (in the order John, Mark, Matthew and Luke) as well as the Apostles Peter and Paul. The plates on the sides depict scenes from the life of St Demetrius, according to Rhoby (2012), arguing against Walter (1970) who identified them as showing the overthrow of the heretics Nestorius and Noetus. In the centre of the cover is a gilt plate worked with a Deesis (the figures of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist), the nimbuses enamelled, and, above and below, the symbols of the four evangelists and cherubim. Doublures of embriodered silk.


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Shelfmark Add Ms 28815
Lower doublure
Country Eastern Mediterranean
Period 14c
Colour Silver
Cover Material Metal
Decorative Technique Enamelled
Style/Type Treasure binding; Religious miscellaneous; Pictorial; Byzantine
Edges Painted
Bookbinder
Ownership mark
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Notes Bound in wooden boards covered with velvet and lined on the inner sides with embroidered silk. Forming a border round the upper cover are silver-gilt plates worked with figures, of post-Byzantine date but probably based on a 14th-century template: Rhoby (2012). The plates at the top and bottom have half-length figures of the four Evangelists (in the order John, Mark, Matthew and Luke) as well as the Apostles Peter and Paul. The plates on the sides depict scenes from the life of St Demetrius, according to Rhoby (2012), arguing against Walter (1970) who identified them as showing the overthrow of the heretics Nestorius and Noetus. In the centre of the cover is a gilt plate worked with a Deesis (the figures of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist), the nimbuses enamelled, and, above and below, the symbols of the four evangelists and cherubim. Doublures of embriodered silk.


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Shelfmark Add MS 38538
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Title New Testament, Acts and Epistles (Gregory-Aland 2484), with Euthalian apparatus
Place of Publication [Eastern mediterranean]
Date of Publication 1312
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Notes Spine lining of canvas over wooden boards, with a rough cross bearing the inscription ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΝ incised on the upper cover. High headband sewing visible. This is probably the basic structure of the binding which has lost its cover. Ownership Origin: Eastern Mediterranean. Written by the scribe John in 1312


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Country Eastern Mediterranean
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Notes Spine lining of canvas over wooden boards, with a rough cross bearing the inscription ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΝ incised on the upper cover. High headband sewing visible. This is probably the basic structure of the binding which has lost its cover. Ownership Origin: Eastern Mediterranean. Written by the scribe John in 1312


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Notes Spine lining of canvas over wooden boards, with a rough cross bearing the inscription ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΝ incised on the upper cover. High headband sewing visible. This is probably the basic structure of the binding which has lost its cover. Ownership Origin: Eastern Mediterranean. Written by the scribe John in 1312


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Notes Spine lining of canvas over wooden boards, with a rough cross bearing the inscription ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΝ incised on the upper cover. High headband sewing visible. This is probably the basic structure of the binding which has lost its cover. Ownership Origin: Eastern Mediterranean. Written by the scribe John in 1312


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Country Eastern Mediterranean
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Colour Brown
Cover Material Wood
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Style/Type Byzantine
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Notes Spine lining of canvas over wooden boards, with a rough cross bearing the inscription ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΝ incised on the upper cover. High headband sewing visible. This is probably the basic structure of the binding which has lost its cover. Ownership Origin: Eastern Mediterranean. Written by the scribe John in 1312


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