Press-Mark And Ownership Inscription, In Jerome's Commentary On Isaiah And Ezekiel
Medium: Ink on vellum
Bury St. Edmunds had one of the most important libraries in medieval England: a late 12th-century catalogue lists about 140 volumes, of which a few dozen survive today. The really exceptional feature that makes this volume stand out from most other 12th-century manuscripts--whether from Bury or elsewhere--is that it retains its original binding, almost completely intact. It allows us a rare chance to see for ourselves what such a book would have looked like to its original 12th-century readers.
In the top left corner of the pastedown is a typical Bury press-mark, '.J. 7.' ('J' is for Jerome). To the right of this is an inscription headed 'A book of St. Edmund, in which are contained', followed by a note on the contents.