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Item:173671860693Parchment, single leaf, c.350×245mm (ca. 13¾×9¾ inches), ruled for up to 36 lines of text, written in a fine gothic bookhand in black and red, decorated with large KL initials (for the Kalends of each month) in red with blue flourishing, or vice versa. With stains around the edges caused by the turn-ins of a tanned leather binding, some worm-holes, and a nine-line erased inscription at the bottom of the recto (see photos and scans -- the scans are partial because the leaf is too large for my scanner, and somewhat out-of-focus for the same reason). TextThis is a large calendar leaf, with January and February, perhaps from a Missal (to judge by the size: it is too big to be from a normal Book of Hours, Psalter, or Breviary, and too small to be from a choir book such as an Antiphonary, Gradual, Choir Psalter, etc.).The top line of January reads (in Latin) "A year has 12 months, 365 days, and when it is a leap-year 66"; the next lines has an ancient line of verse, concerning the "unlucky" days ("Prima dies iam timor est et septima vani"; another similar verse is at the bottom of the page: "Nona parit bellum ..."); the third records that January has 31 days, and the lunar month is 30 days; night is 16 hours long, and day is 8 hours. The feast days follow, with the most important in red (so-called "red-letter days"). February has similar notes at the top. LocalisationThe script and decoration are clearly Italian. Among the uncommon saints are Constantius, bishop and patron saint of Perugia (29 Jan.), and Gilbert of Sempringham (4 Feb.): the first suggests the manuscript was made for use in Umbria, and the second suggests it was made for a Carthusian monastery. PostageI have decided to offer FREE POSTAGE on this item: please taker this into account when you decide how much to bid!Subject:Religion, Bibles, Type:Handwritten Manuscript, Place of Publication:Italy, Material:Parchment, Language:Latin, Special Attributes:Decorated, Original/Facsimile:Original, Date of Publication:15th century
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Large Italian (Umbrian?) 15th-century medieval manuscript calendar leaf