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De christiana religione


Author: St Bernadino of Siena




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i modern paper flyleaf + 321 fols. (early ink foliation to 109) + i modern paper flyleaf, 185 x 128 mm (130 x 93 mm) (except fol. 167, a slightly later insertion: 185 x 60 mm), two columns, 40 lines (except fols. 73va-78rb where verse lines are used), ruled in plummet and brown ink, occasional running titles in a later hand, catchwords, leaf signatures.

BINDING: Nineteenth century, painted paper over pasteboards with green leather spine and red leather label.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r-321v St Bernardino of Siena, De christiana religione (incomplete) (Collegium S. Bonaventurae 1950-1965, I, 3 – II, 468).

DECORATION: Red initial [N, 11 ll.] with red pen flourishing (fol. 1r); red initials [2-5 ll.] with occasional minor red pen flourishing (fol. 143v, a rudimentary face), for all subsequent text divisions, not executed after fol. 270r, guide letters in brown ink; red paraph marks; initial letter of each sentence highlighted in red; some rubrics not executed.


History note: Pencil notes in French on front pastedown; elliptical bookplate with coronet and COMES HERCULES SILVA (fol. i recto); purchased by the Museum in 1890.

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Method of acquisition: Bought (1890)


Fifteenth century, second quarter; after 1436
Production date: circa AD 1436


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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  • Text: solus ipse uel ab ipso
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 174
Primary reference Number: 178353
Project ID: 400
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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