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Marks Of Ownership, In Baldwin of Canterbury's 'The Sacraments'

Marks Of Ownership, In Baldwin of Canterbury's 'The Sacraments'

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1225

Shelfmark: Stowe MS 35

Item number: upper pastedown

Length: 23.3

Width: 16.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Baldwin (d. 1190) was born in Exeter, and had a rapid rise through the Church hierarchy: he became a priest and archdeacon in Exeter, a Cistercian monk and very soon after, abbot, at Forde Abbey (between Chard and Bridport, in Dorset); bishop of Worcester, and finally archbishop of Canterbury. He went on Crusade and died in the Holy Land. This copy of his treatise on the sacraments was owned soon after it was made by the Abbey of Holy Cross, Waltham, a short distance due north of London. The upper pastedown of this volume is unusually full of marks of ownership. The earliest is the formal ownership inscription of Holy Cross, below which are typical Holy Cross markings including a short-title and pressmarks. The bookplate of Osmund Beauvoir, Headmaster of King's School, Canterbury has been partly removed by a former owner, perhaps Thomas Richards, who wrote his name at the top in 1800, and made notes down the left-hand side.

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