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Detailed record for Henry Davis Collection 59

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Title Laws of King Alfred
 
 
Title Fragments of a Missal(?) used as binder's waste
 
Origin England
Date c. 1550
Language Old Enlish and English
Script Anglo-saxon minuscule (versos) and Humanistic cursive (facing rectos)
Scribe Laurence Nowell
Decoration Large and small initials in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 215 x 150 (155 x 95)
Official foliation not foliated
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Gold-tooled limp vellum.
Provenance Written by Laurence Nowell, dean of Lichfield (b. c. 1516, d. 1576), according to G. F. Warner whose note is kept with the manuscript and whose opinion is recorded on the first flyleaf.
Thomas Lambard, pupil of Nowell, by 1634: inscribed 'K: Aelfreds Laws in Saxon and Englishe: [signed] Thomas Lambard 1634' (1st flyleaf verso).
Amy Charlotte Hare: her sale, 21 April 1943, lot 263.
Henry Davis (b. 1897, d. 1977), businessman and book collector: with his number plate 'HD M30' (1st flyleaf).
The Henry Davis Gift of book-bindings was donated to the British Museum in 1968.
Notes This manuscript is kept with the rest of the Henry Davis collection in the Rare Books and Music Department of the British Library. Applications to examine it may be made at the Reference Enquiries desk in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room.
Select bibliography Mirjam M. Foot, The Henry Davis Gift: A Collection of Bookbindings, 2 vols (London: British Library 1978-1983), II, no. 44 [with additional bibliography].

'Davis59' in British Library database of Bookbindings, http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings [last accessed 28 February 2006].
Last revised: 01 March 2006


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