A Medieval Mirror, Edition: First Edition by Adrian Wilson, Joyce Lancaster Wilson

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The drawings are in the same ink as the text which suggests that they were sketched by the scribe himself. On folio 1 verso is written "Officium de Sancto Johanne de Bridlyntona" in a script very like that of the text. This Johannes was a regular prior of Bridlington in the County of York; he had studied at Oxford and was canonized in 1401. 26 26. Karl W. Hiersemann, Prospectus for a Speculum Humanæ Salvationis manuscript (Leipzig, 1933), now Morgan Library M. 766. < previous page page_46 next page > < previous page page_47 next page > Page 47 II-24.

3. 2. Georges Doutrepont, Inventaire de la ''Librairie" de Philippe le Bon, 1420 (Brussels, 1906). 3. Joseph Barrois, Bibliothèque Prototypographique (Paris, 1830), p. 129. 4. Anthony Hobson, Great Libraries (London and New York, 1970), p. 95. < previous page page_49 next page > < previous page page_50 next page > Page 50 Bibliothèque Royale, Ms. 5 It is handsomely encased in a modern binding of burgundy red leather, quarter-bound, with oak boards, and clasps in heavy brass. The first page displays a giant decorated M with a face on both sides, suggesting a mirror, over the letters I N U T E, each in a different style of capital (Plate III-3).

Lat. 121, fol. 5 verso. Harvard University, the Houghton Library, Ms. Lat. , this manuscript includes forty-five chapters and seventy-five pen and ink drawings in a primitive but lively style (figs. II-16, 17, 18). There are singleline titles over the pictures, but no elaborate initials or illumination. After the first eighteen chapters, blank spaces are left for the miniatures, which were never completed. Those of the early chapters appear to be of Bohemian origin or influence and were done in the late fourteenth century.

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