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Detailed record for Sloane 1584

Title Medical and religious miscellany, including 'Walter Map's' De mundi vanitate (f. 13v) and an alphabet (ff. 27-28)
Origin England
Date last quarter of the 15th or first half of the 16th century
Language English, and Latin
Script Gothic cursive, Gothic
Scribe John Gysborn
Decoration Large and small initials in red. Highlighting of letters in red. Full-page or marginal drawings, or tables, or alphabets in brown and/or red (ff. 1, 26v-28v, 83v). LIne-fillers in red and brown.
Dimensions in mm 135 x 85 (105 x 80 (variable))
Official foliation ff. 96 ( + 2 unfoliated parchment leaves after f. 82 + 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Paper and parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1963.
Provenance John Gysborn, a canon of the Premonstratensian abbey of St Mary, Coverham: inscription 'scriptum per me Johannes Gysborn canonicus de Coverham' (f. 12).
Inscriptions of the dates of the 11th year of the reign of Henry VIII (1520), and of the 21st year of the reign of Henry VIII (1531) (ff. 31, 87v), possibly in the hand of Gysborn (see discussion Friedman 1995 p. 153).
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 1091-1598 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, 1873), no. 1584 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

The Latin Poems commonly attributed to Walter Mapes, ed. by Thomas Wright (London: Camden Society, 1841), p. 147.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 55.

Arthur Dickens, The English Reformation, 2nd edn (New York: Bedrick, 1989), pp. 27-28.

John B. Friedman, Northern English Book Owners, and Makers in the Late Middle Ages (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995), pp. 152-53, 246 [with additional bibliography]

Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 6, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1996), II, 254.

Richard W. Pfaff, The Liturgy in Medieval England: A History (Cambridge: University Press, 2009), p. 302 n. 91.

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Zoomorphic initial

f. 1
Zoomorphic initial

f. 12
Sacred Heart

ff. 26v-27
Sacred Heart

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