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English MS 82

Later Version Wycliffe Old Testament, first half of 15th century

Size: 257 x 175 mm. ii + 242 + iii folios.

A handsome, large-scale copy of the later version of John Wycliffe's translation of the Old Testament, now containing only 1 Kings 28: 5 to Ecclesiasticus 16: 2, with numerous leaves missing between these points.

There are good 5-, 6- and 7-line initials in blue and pink with white penwork and floral infill on burnished gold grounds, with gilded bar borders on the five remaining pages where new books begin: 2-4 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Proverbs. There are elaborately framed catchwords, and grotesques and floral extensions grow out of the ascenders on the top line of some leaves.

This manuscript was once part of the library founded in 1684 by Archbishop Thomas Tenison (1636-1715) in the church of St Martin in the Fields, London. Other former owners include Bertram, 4th Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878) (Appendix no. 27); and Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928).

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