Sacramentary manuscript leaf on vellum.

Italy, c. early 12th century. Single leaf, 410 x 530 mm, written in dark brown ink, 38 lines, double column, round Romanesque hand, with seven large initials in red, rubrics in red, ruled in a hard point, foliated in pencil, annotations in three different hands; two script, one a contemporary small Carolingian. Slight browning at the top-edge, minor worming, generally very clean and bright. Beautiful large, clear, majestic script designed for reading from the lectern, hence few abbreviations, except “qui” and “quia,” e with cedilla for ae, tall d. The use of a round rather than tall “S” at the end of a word is already a feature of early 12th century manuscripts, and even late 11th century ones, but the general style of the hand is consistent with mid 12th century examples. The contemporary addition at the lower margin of the verso adds the words for offertory and communion, which might have been out of immediate reach for the officiant. (Item Id: 108646)

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