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MS 23: Composite manuscript including two texts, 15th century

 Item
Identifier: MS 23

Contents

The manuscript is a 15th-century composite containing works relating to virgin saints. It is German or Dutch. The works contained within it are detailed separately below.
ff.1r-40v: Revelatio Nova Itineris et Passionis Undecim Milium Virginum Martyrum (The Passion of the Eleven Thousand Virgins). This text is related to Saint Ursula.
ff.40v-72v: Vita et Legenda Beate Katherine Virginis (The Life and Legend of Saint Katherine, Virgin).
The texts are described separately, under MS 23/ff. 1r-40v and MS 23/ff. 40v-72v.
Writing It is fairly written with ornamental initials and partial borders of a rather rough and decadent type.
Illumination Some of the initials are inhabited, for example with a skull (f.1v), dogs (f.28r), and birds (f.47r). There is a partial border with flowers and a bird on f.42v and a peacock in the border of f.47r.

Dates

  • 15th century

Language of Materials

Latin

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.

Extent

1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

Evidently a German or Dutch manuscript, but with no marks of definite provenance or ownership. It bears a label with the number 956, also a description of the manuscript in French by a modern hand.
Additionally, alongside the manuscript there is a letter addressed to David Laing that lists the contents of the manuscript.

Previous reference

Laing 29

Physical Facet

Material: Paper

Binding: Modern

Collation: a12-f12=72.

Dimensions

20.96 cm x 14.61 cm

General

Secundo folio: et juvenculas
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 72, 26 lines to a page.

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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