(Germany, ca. 1150). 251 x 181 mm. (9 7/8 x 7 1/8"). Single column, 20 lines per page, in two sizes of a thick early proto-gothic hand.

Rubrics in red, small and larger initials in red (the larger ones with blue penwork embellishment). With a few early marginal annotations. Removed from a binding, and so rather soiled and slightly darkened, the side that was glued down with small portions of the text hard to read, but the entire leaf present, the good side completely legible, the text as a whole decipherable, and constituting a very good scribal specimen of an early proto-gothic hand.

With text from 7 August, our leaf commemorates the second century martyrs Felicissumus and Agapitus, papal deacons who were put to death, along with Pope Sixtus II, by the emperor Valerian in 258. The thick strokes of the text here suggest the movement away from the slender, open lettering of Caroline minuscule and toward gothic quadrata, with its clubbed minims.
(ST12778-0225)

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PJP Catalog: 70.066

AN EARLY VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF FROM A. MISSAL IN LATIN.