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Bookseller's Note(?), In A Volume Containing Ranulf Higden's 'Polychronicon', And Other Works

Bookseller's Note(?), In A Volume Containing Ranulf Higden's 'Polychronicon', And Other Works

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1340

Shelfmark: Royal MS 14 C.xiii

Item number: f.165v

Length: 37

Width: 22

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Ranulph Higden (d. 1364), was a monk of the Benedictine abbey of St. Werburg, Chester. His 'Polychronicon' is a universal history, based on earlier writers, but extended down to his own lifetime. This copy has an ownership inscription of Simon Bozoun, who was prior of Norwich Cathedral Priory from 1344 to 1352. This is the last page of the 'Polychronicon' text, which finishes with the year 1327. At the bottom edge of the leaf is a note in pale ink recording that 'It contains 19 quires of 8 leaves'. This is presumably a note needed by a bookseller to calculate the amount of parchment used, and the price to be charged.

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