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English MS 80

Later Version Wycliffe New Testament, mid 15th century (?1444)

Size: 215 x 147 mm. iii + 317+ iv folios.

Later version of John Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, preceded by a table of moveable feasts, a calendar, and table to find Easter from 1448 to 1520, etc. The New Testament incorporates an unusual prologue to Romans, and inserted in another hand is the Epistle to the Laodiceans. The volume concludes with Epistle readings from the Old Testament. On f. 271 is recorded 'Here endi� �e Apocalipis Anno domini m ccco (sic) xliiii' [i.e. 1444].

At the beginning of most books there is a handsome initial in blue, pink and/or green with white penwork and floral infill, on a burnished gold ground, with a [ or I-shaped border with floriate extensions terminating in acanthus leaves, ivy leaves, etc. There are numerous manicules throughout the volume, and a balance has been drawn in the margins of ff. 3r and 6v against the calendar entries for the vernal and autumnal equinoxes.

Former owners include Anthony Merry (1756-1835), diplomatist; Bertram, 4th Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878) (Appendix no. 18); and Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928).

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