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Ownership Inscription And Colophon, In John Wylde's Musical Compilation

Ownership Inscription And Colophon, In John Wylde's Musical Compilation

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1440

Shelfmark: Lansdowne MS 763

Item number: f.2r

Length: 23.2

Width: 16.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This volume contains a collection of miscellaneous musical treatises, compiled probably in the second quarter of the 15th century by John Wylde, who seems to have been the choirmaster at the Abbey of Holy Cross, Waltham, a few miles due north of London, between Enfield and Epping. He wrote it himself, and gave it to the Abbey. It was later owned by his more famous successor, Thomas Tallis (d.1585). On the flyleaf immediately preceding the start of the text is this inscription in red ink stating that it was written by Johannes Wylde, former precentor of Holy Cross, Waltham, followed by an anathema. Below this the same inscription was later copied out in black ink.

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