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29 November 1461 (Creation)
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Bound manuscript, 187 p.
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Manuscript is in Latin, partly on vellum and partly on paper. The text consists of prayers and supplicatory rituals dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is followed by the Office of the Angels, commencing at leaf 85, in a different hand. Nicholas Watson suggests in his essay in Clare Fanger's book Conjuring Spirits: Texts and Traditions of Medieval Ritual Magic (1990) that the manuscript is a partial copy of the Liber Visionum by Jean de Morigny, with the first part likely having been composed between 1304 and 1307 and the second part composed before 1315. Manuscript is bound in reinforced vellum with "Codex" stamped on spine and slipcased with "Prayer book. c 1460" stamped on spine.
Manuscript contains 12 illustrations and decorations executed by an amateurish other hand, all near the front.
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Manuscript probably originated in Italy. A previous owner was Monseigneur J Augusto [?] Mariotti. Later provenance is not known. It was acquired sometime before 1960.
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