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Detailed record for Stowe 30

Title Prayers
Origin England
Date 1578
Language Greek, Latin, English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, and Hebrew
Script Humanistic and humanistic cursive
Decoration Illuminated opening page, in colours and gold (f. 1). Decorated headpieces, illuminated titels, and large decorated initials, in colours and gold, for major text divisions.
Dimensions in mm 160 x 95 (110 x 65)
Official foliation ff. 95 (+ 1 modern paper and 2 original parchment flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 original parchment and 1 modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Red velvet, with the letters E. R. sewed into the back; rebacked.
Provenance Elizabeth I (b. 1533, d. 1603), queen of England and Ireland: opening page of the manuscript elaborately ornamented with the royal arms in the middle and the date 1578, surrounded by the inscription 'Deus tueatur Reginam Elizabeth' (f. 1).
Sir Thomas Astle (b. 1735, d. 1803), archivist and collector of books and manuscripts: inscribed 'Bibl. Thomae Astlei Arm(iger)' (f. [iii]).
Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (b. 1776, d. 1839), 1st duke of Buckingham and Chandos, of Stowe House, near Buckingham: inscribed with the press-mark 'Press 3 no. 18' (f. [ii verso]), corresponding to his catalogue (O'Conor 1818-1819).
Richard Plantagenet Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (b. 1797, d. 1861), 2nd duke of Buckingham and Chandos; sold in 1849 to Lord Ashburnham.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham, of Ashburnham Place, Sussex.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1840, d. 1913), 5th earl of Ashburnham: purchased by the British Museum from him together with 1084 other Stowe manuscripts in 1883.
Select bibliography Charles O'Conor, Bibliotheca Ms. Stowensis: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Stowe Library, 2 vols (Buckingham: Seeley, 1818-1819), II, 14.

Catalogue of the Stowe Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1895-1896), no. 30.

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Decorated opening page

f. 1
Decorated opening page
Decorated initial and headpiece

f. 50v
Decorated initial and headpiece

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