(Low Countries(?): 14th century). Each fragment measuring 191 x 197 mm. (7 1/2 x 7 3/4"). Double column, in a strong gothic hand.

Rubrics in red, eight two-line initials in blue with contrasting penwork. Recovered from a binding, but the staining mostly confined to the edges of the fragments, the text and colored ink remarkably dark and legible on both sides.

These two fragments represent most of a single leaf, which, as one can see from lining them up, would have come from quite a large and impressive manuscript--probably a Breviary or similar liturgical document used in church services. Despite having been used as pastedowns in a later binding, the ink remains very dark and the initials are particularly well preserved. The confident hand and handsome decoration indicates a manuscript of very good quality.
(ST12640(80-81))