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Marginal Sketches, In A Volume Of Treatises On Natural Science, Philosophy, And Mathematics f.98r

Marginal Sketches, In A Volume Of Treatises On Natural Science, Philosophy, And Mathematics f.98r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1300

Shelfmark: Royal MS 12 E.xxv

Item number: f.98r

Length: 18.2

Width: 13

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript is typical of the sort of book owned by medieval university students: its contents are academic, it is small and easily portable, the text is written in small cursive script, and with minimal decoration. On a flyleaf is a partially erased inscription, recording that it was given by a university graduate to an Oxford school; a later medieval inscription records its ownership by Holy Trinity collegiate church at Tattershall, in Lincolnshire. An early reader has added sketches in the margins sporadically throughout this manuscript: here they include a dragon with a knotted tail, and the heads of a young man and woman.

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