(Italy, ca. 1150). 432 x 279 mm. (17 x 11"). Double column, 45 lines in an early proto-gothic hand on one side, the other side without any visible text (apparently always blank).
Recovered from a binding and so a little wrinkled, blank sides rather browned, trimmed with loss of top line and a couple of words from each line in one column, half a dozen small holes, other minor defects, but still excellent and useful specimens, the regular and not unhandsome script easily legible.
The sermon here exhorts penitence for one's sins, making frequent mention of tears ("lacrima") and citing the example of the remorseful King David. It is obvious that these leaves came from what was a massive book. The hand is large, regular, open, and rounded except for a five-line portion in the right column of one leaf where the scribe either miscalculated, made an error, or was instructed to add text, for here the letters are significantly smaller than elsewhere as well as noticeably closer together (they also appear to be in the hand of a second scribe). This suggests the possibility--though, of course, there is no evidence for this--that the amender was responding directly to the author/editor of the text, who desired to add words, and it may even be that this (second?) scribe and the author/editor were the same person. Text will almost always be made variably indistinct by the application of binder's glue, but the apparently unused sides here have no trace at all of any letters and consequently appear always to have been left blank. (ST12083j)
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