Manuscript on Parchment, Latin Prayer Book, 15th Century.
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Manuscript on Parchment, Latin Prayer Book, 15th Century. Octavo-format manuscript of twenty-eight leaves (the last ruled but without text), inscribed in brown and red ink in a large gothic rotunda, single column, fifteen lines per page, the name of Saint Bridget appears twice in the litany along with the name of her daughter, Saint Catherine, just below, with the note "eius filia," suggesting that the manuscript may have been prepared for the Augustinian Order of the Most Holy Savior or Brigittine Order, founded by St. Bridget of Sweden, with a further inscription, "Del Coro della Badessa," or "of the choir of the Abbess" at the foot of the last page of text; bound in handsome contemporary blind-tooled sheepskin over wooden boards, with the IHS emblem on each board, lacking clasps and catches, neatly rebacked by Fred Shihadeh in the 1980s; listed in the De Ricci census, page 1956, number 25, when it was owned by Alfred Mewett of Cleveland, Ohio; added paper endleaves, loss to some surface ink, some saints added to the litany, 7 x 4 3/4 in.
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