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Ownership Inscription And Illuminated initial, In The Coldingham Breviary

Ownership Inscription And Illuminated initial, In The Coldingham Breviary

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Harley MS 4664

Item number: f.9r

Length: 25.6

Width: 16.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Various kinds of evidence in this Breviary shows that it was made for Coldingham Priory, about 10 miles north of Berwick-on-Tweed, in Scotland, perhaps at Durham: the abbey was a cell of Durham Cathedral Priory. The manuscript was certainly owned by a monk of Durham in the 16th century. The text opens, as usual, with the first Sunday in Advent, marked with an illuminated initial 'E'. In the upper margin is the 16th-century ownership inscription of 'Richard Crosby, monk of Durham'. An inscription on an end flyleaf states that it was given to him by Hugh Whitehede, last prior of Durham, in 1521.

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