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Title-Piece With Ownership Inscription From A Binding, In William Of Malmesbury, De Gestis Pontificum Anglorum

Title-Piece With Ownership Inscription From A Binding, In William Of Malmesbury, De  Gestis Pontificum Anglorum

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Harley MS 2

Item number: f.1*r

Length: 22.8

Width: 17.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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The pale rectangle of vellum stuck to this flyleaf would formerly have been on the outside cover of the binding, underneath a piece of transparent polished horn held in place by nails at the corners. Two copper-stained nail-holes are still visible. Usually only the author and/or title are mentioned; in this case ownership by the Augustinian priory of the Virgin Mary, Thornton-on-Humber, is also recorded: 'Historia de Gestis Pontificum Anglorum. Constat monasterii beate Marie de Thornton super Humbream'

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