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  • RG 824 - Medieval Act for Gilles Dabelain, 12 July 1445

    Medieval Act for one Gilles Dabelain, July 12, 1445. Two Manuscripts on Parchment. A mid-15th century medieval act, written in French and on parchment, being an original copy of the act sanctioning the division of Gilles Dabelain’s property between his children Hues and Jehanne, the latter being the wife of Jehan de Lannoy, written in the city of Lille, France, July 12, 1445. Attached to the act is a smaller, accompanying manuscript on parchment. There are three original seals at the end. The primary manuscript has been written in a 105-line format, and the attached manuscript an 18-line format.
  • Medieval Musical Manuscript, n.d.

    A medieval musical manuscript in Latin. The hymn begins "cuius non fum di gnus co ...". When translated some of the lyrics read: Give no light to him...let us be less cruel.... There are four pages to the manuscript.
  • Leaf from a Venetian Incunabula Bible, 1495

    A first edition of the Latin Bible in which catch words were used. This version contains Nicholas de Lyra's celebrated commentary, Postillae litterales et morales. The interlinear notes are in small type which is seldom found. Most of the incunabula Italian Bibles were printed in roman rather than gothic type.
  • Leaf From a Twelfth Century Manuscript Bible, c. 1200

    ca 1200
    A two sided leaf from a twelfth century manuscript Bible c. 1200. It was written in France and is a Proto-Gothic or Gothic bookhand. The segment of the Bible is the Book of Numbers 33: 34-36.
  • RG 825 - Medieval Acts from Normandy, 1308 and 1365

    1308, 1365
    A pair of two 14th century Latin medieval acts from the Normandy region in France, handwritten on parchment in the years 1308 and 1365, from the reigns of Philip IV and Charles V of France. The charters have been stitched together. There is a small signum at the end of the first charter, and a larger, ornate signum at the end of the second. These charters have been written in a 34-line and 25-line format.
  • RG 823 - Medieval Charter, 1281

    A late 13th century Latin medieval charter from Spain, handwritten on parchment in the year 1281, from the reign of Alfonso X of Castile. There is a charming signum at the end of the manuscript. This charter has been written in a 15 line format.
  • RG 796 - Leaf from an English Book of Hours, Use of Sarum, c. 1420

    ca 1420
    A leaf from an English Book of Hours, Use of Sarum, featuring a miniature portrait of the Virgin. The illuminated manuscript is in Latin on parchment and is from England, probably London, c. 1420. A large initial “O” (opening the Obsecro te prayer) encloses a small portrait of the Virgin holding a golden vessel. The leaf contains a single column of 14 lines of a notably spiky English, late gothic bookhand. Three of the margins contain leaves and foliage.
  • RG 795 - Leaf from a Book of Hours, c. 1460s

    ca 1460s
    A leaf from a Book of Hours featuring a two-faced creature in the border. The illuminated manuscript on parchment is in Latin and comes from France, likely Paris, c. 1460s. The leaf contains a single column of 14 lines of a late gothic bookhand and features initials in blue touched with white on a gold background. There is one decorated border panel featuring foliage and fruit, with a fantastical creature. The creature appears to have the body of a bird, head of a long-horned goat, and a long-eared, toothy face like a crocodile with a yawning muzzle emerging from its bottom.
  • RG 794 - Two leaves from a Psalter, early 13th century

    EA 13thC
    Two leaves from a Psalter in Latin. The illuminated manuscript is on parchment and features a Lion and Griffon in the initials. It is from the early 13th century, France, likely before 1230. The leaves each contain a single column of 18 lines of an angular early gothic bookhand. Large, one-line initials are featured in gold on blue or pink backgrounds. Large, two-line initials are featured in orange-red or blue on a burnished gold background. Each leaf contains one initial enclosing an exquisitely painted lion or a bluewinged griffon who looks back over his shoulder at the text.
  • RG 396 - Leaf from a Liturgical Music Manuscript for Holy Saturday

    1 Vellum double-sided leaf from a liturgical music manuscript of a canticle entitled Atténde caélum used for the readings or lessons during Holy Saturday. This leaf measures 65 ½ cm. x 45 ½ cm. The first letter is of each response is illuminated. There is discoloration on the edges of the sheet and staining due to water damage. The text reads as follows: nomen Domini invocabo. V. Date magnitudinem Deo nostro: Deus, vera opera eius, et omnes viae eius indicia. V. Deus fidelis, in quo….. Translated: I will invoke the name of the Lord. V. Give ye magnificence to our God: The works of God are perfect, and all his ways are judgments. V. Let my doctrine gather as the rain, let my speech distill as the dew, as a shower upon the herb. God is faithful and without any iniquity , he is just and right.
  • RG 395 - Two leaves from a Medieval breviary (prayer-book), [ca.1350-1400]

    These are two leaves [four pages] from a Latin prayer book written on vellum dating around 1350 to 1400. The text is a Mattins (morning prayer), in this case the Office of the Dead taken from the Book of Job. A transcript has been provided.
  • RG 394 - Leaf from a Liturgical Music Manuscript for Good Friday

    1 Vellum double-sided leaf from a liturgical music manuscript used for singing the Passion of Our Lord during Mass on Good Friday. The text reads as follows: Narrator: Passio domini nostri iesu christi secundum matheum. In illo tempore dixit iusus discipulis suis. Christ: Scritis quia post biduum pascha fiet, et filius hominis tradetur ut crucifigatur. Narrator: Tumc congregati sunt principes sacerdotum et seniores populi, in atrium principis… Translated: Narrator: The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew. “And it came to pass when Jesus had finished all of these words that he said to his disciples: Christ: You know that after two days the Passover will be here; and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified. Narrator: Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered together in the court of the high priest…
  • RG 393 - A Notarial Transumpt, 1497

    Burustone, David (1497)
    A one-sided notarial transumpt by the notary David Burustone, recording the succession of George, son of Patrick Colquhoun of Glenn, to the office of clerk of the parish of Govan, vacant through the death of Adam Harper. Govan was an ancient settlement, former burgh and now a district in Glasgow, Scotland. It is situated 2.5 miles west of Glasgow City Centre, on the south bank of the River Clyde, opposite the mouth of the River Kelvin and the district of Patrick. Archaeological evidence shows that there was a church and burial ground here as early as 600-800 AD. Numerous carved tombstones dating from 900- 1100 have been found. Govan was a village comprised of thatched cottages until well into the 19th century. It became a shipbuilding town in the early 19th century.
  • RG 392 - Letter From King James VI of Scotland to William Hamilton, 1579

    King James VI of Scotland (1579)
    This letter authorizes William Hamilton of Portmollart to repair to Edinburgh notwithstanding the acts discharging the Hamiltons from being within six miles of the King’s person. James VI and James I (June 19, 1566 – March 27, 1625) was King of Scots as James VI from July 24th, 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the English and Scottish crowns on March 24, 1603 after the passing of Elizabeth I.
  • RG 391 - Clopton Charter, c. 1241

    de Clopton, Robert (c. 1241)
    The charter's dimensions are 11 by 25 cm at the widest, but the left side is cut on an angle from head to foot so the measurement at the bottom corners is 23.8 cm wide. There are eleven unruled lines of text written in a crisp Gothic cursive belonging to the thirteenth century. The seal is exceptionally well preserved and attached by a tag of parchment 2.1 cm wide threaded through a single slit 2.3 cm wide and 1.4 cm from the foot of the document. Looking at the front of the charter, the length of the tag is 1.5 cm from the back, the strip of parchment runs 2.6 cm. Two strands of parchment extend from the bottom of the seal; these are 5 cm long and 1.8 cm wide. Both sides are equal in measurement. The left strand has a tear of about half its width near the seal but is still holding. The single-sided seal, made of green wax and measuring 4 cm in diameter, bears the legend SIGILL[UM] ROBERTI DE C[L]OPTUN, and the image of a bird, possibly a dove, facing to the right and sitting on a branch. An endorsement in a later hand on the back of the parchment reads: Quieta clamacio Roberti Clopton Willelmo filio suo de una virgate terre. (Quitclaim of Robert Clopton to William his son of one virgate of land).