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Parchment, measure: 317x225 (243x175) in two columns fols. 171 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 at the end).
White alb with long sleeves
Cape with large collar, clasped in the centre by a diamond-shaped morse with a cross in the interior
Mitre decorated with filigree
Wimple falling to the shoulders
- Fol. 1r: inscribed Paraphé au desir de l'arret du cinq Juillet mil sept cens soixante trois. Mesnil. This inscription was written in all the manuscripts belonging to this Library before they were sold in 1764 upon the expulsion of the Jesuits from France (see Léopold Delisle, Le Cabinet des Manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Impériale, 3 vols (Paris: Imprimérie Impériale, 1868-81), I, 436); described in the sale catalogue of the Jesuits' Library manuscripts in 1764 (see Catalogus Manuscriptorum Codicum Collegii Claromontani, Paris: [n. pub.], 1764, no. 830 315-16).
- Two former possessors mentioned in this catalogue, Guillaume Richerot and Achilles Herbelin.
- Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham; his Appendix Ms. 171; bought from Woodburn, November 1851, for £20, according to the handwritten annotations in the BL Manuscript Department's copy of Catalogue of the Manuscripts at Ashburnham Place: Appendix (London: Hodgson, 1853).
- Bertram Ashburnham, 5th earl of Ashburnham: his sale, May 1897, bought by Yates Thompson together with the entire Ashburnham Appendix: book-plate with an inscribed number From the Library of the Earl of Ashburnham Appendix no. CLXXI May 1897 (inside upper cover).
- Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: with his book-plate inscribed [MS] 77 / £bne.e.e [i.e. £150.0.0] / [bought from] Earl of / Ashburnham / 1897 (inside upper cover). Bequeathed to the British Museum in 1941 by Mrs. Henry Yates Thompson.
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