TEXT FROM MASSES FOR SAINTS TIMOTHEUS AND SYMPHORIAN, AND MASSES FOR THE COMMON OF VIRGINS.

(Germany: early 12th century). 254 x 203 mm. (10 x 8"). Single column, 18 lines of text in a Caroline minuscule hand.

Rubrics in red, the text of the Masses for the Saints with nine one-line rustic initials in red, and the text for the Common of the Virgins with seven. Vellum a little wrinkled and toned, a few light scattered spots or stains, but extraordinarily clean and legible.

These leaves provide a beautiful example of Caroline minuscule, with spaced-out letters, with more than abundant vertical space between lines, and with letters that could not be easier to read. Timotheus and Symphorian were early martyrs who were beheaded, and while they died at different places and times, they are venerated on the same day (22 August).
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