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Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of Theological And Other Tracts

Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of Theological And Other Tracts

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1210

Shelfmark: Additional MS 34749

Item number: f.57r

Length: 13.9

Width: 8.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This volume is made up of three different manuscripts of differing dates, which were bound together by the 13th century. On a flyleaf at the front of the volume is a 14th or 15th-century press-mark 'lxiii al. Ca.', which would be fairly meaningless by itself, but when compared with other manuscripts is recognisable as the typical press-mark of the Augustinian abbey of Holy Cross, Waltham. The 'al Ca.' part is an abbreviation of 'almario canonicorum', which means 'the bookcase of the Canons'. Initials like this are sometimes called 'puzzle' initials, because the red and blue parts seem to interlock like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

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