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Decorated Initials And Bookmark, In Peter Comestor, Historia Scholastica

Decorated Initials And Bookmark, In Peter Comestor, Historia Scholastica

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1290

Shelfmark: Royal MS 7 A.x

Item number: f.40r

Length: 22.6

Width: 16.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The initials on this page are typical of the 13th century. The uneven lower edge shows that the makers of this book were willing to economise on vellum, using pieces which were not quite as large as the rest. The vellum tab at the fore-edge, made by making a vertical cut at the edge of the leaf, and folding it through a short vertical slit in the outer margin, was a simple yet effective means of making a bookmarker.

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