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Zoomorphic Initial, In Jerome, De Illustribus Viris

Zoomorphic Initial, In Jerome, De Illustribus Viris

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 A.xxi

Item number: f.152r

Length: 25.5

Width: 18.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

Jerome's De Illustribus Viris is a sort of dictionary of biography and bibliography, listing Christian authors and their works. On the left of this page is the end of the list of their names, from the 103rd, Damasus, to the 135th, Jerome. The account of the first Christian writer, St. Peter, begins in the second column with a fine initial 'S' with foliate ornament and a dragon-head terminal. The account of Peter's writings begins 'He wrote two epistles which are called Catholic, the second of which, on account of its difference from the first in style, is considered by many not to be by him ...'

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