Italy, mid-12th century.
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in Latin, 2 Chronicles 5,9–6,32; an almost complete large folio leaf, double columns of 40 lines written in a good rounded romanesque hand in dark brown ink, ruled with a hard point; one contemporary correction in light brown ink; recovered from use in a binding and with slight wear and soiling, part of top line trimmed away, small repaired holes at foot, but generally in excellent condition. 366 x 301 mm (written space 365 x 222 mm)
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with readings and music for the 18th, 19th and 20th Sundays after Pentecost; a partial bifolium and a single leaf (text of first leaf of bifolium and single leaf continuous), vellum, double columns of 28 lines written in two sizes of an angular late romanesque liturgical script, dark brown ink, ruled with a hard point, initials in blue, green and red, rubrics in red, neumes on a single stave traced in red; recovered from a binding and with consequent creasing and staining, outer column of second leaf of bifolium cropped, a few small holes, one initial (‘D’) filled with a Renaissance doodle of strapwork and a putto’s head, generally in good condition and almost entirely legible. The first leaf measures 290 x 227 mm (260 x 175 mm)
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