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Durham, Cathedral Library, B. IV. 24

Present Location: 
B. IV. 24
Medieval Provenance: 
Decoration Description: 

The initials, alternately purple (sometimes filled with yellow) and red, are by the same hand throughout (fols 74-127) (Ker 1957, p. 149). There are usually six per page, each new verse having a coloured initial for the Latin and the English. They are arranged alternately, and usually with three verses to a page, so that the initials are red (left margin), purple (midline), purple (left margin), red (midline), red (left margin), purple (midline), or vice versa. In all but two instances where initials overlap they are both done in the same colour. A few are further decorated with some black penwork.


s. xviii: table of contents of manuscript (fol. [i]:1r) list of books read at collation (fol. [i]1v/1-11)

s. xii: inventory of about 450 books (fol. 1:2r/1a-2:3r/31b)

Binding Description: 

Nineteenth-century binding (Ker 1957, p. 149).