Miniature Book News # 65: 1990 June Page: 5
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type page was 1 3/4 inches high by 1
1/4 inches wide. The first page contains
a woodcut of St. Bridget of
Sweden, commonly called Birgitta. She
is depicted reading at a desk with a
drawing or painting or a small crucifix
above the desk. The text, in German, is
an account of the life St. Bridget.
Letters to various libraries in the
United States, Great Britain and Sweden
have not turned up any other proof
sheets or complete copies of the work.
A letter of Johan Mannerheim states
that the work is completely unknown in
Sweden. He also suggests that the reason
the proof sheets were discarded was
because the printer made a mistake,
turning the sheet the wrong way when
printing the verso side of the sheet.
Letters to the Library of Congress, the
British Library and the Cambridge
University Library turned up no additional
information. On this sad note,
then, the account of the Birgitta proof
fragments have to be closed, at least
for the present.
Small and miniature manuscripts
have been brought together in one area
at The Humtington Library which has
made it easy to survey the collection.
About 125 volumes were checked to find
those that could be considered miniatures.
Only eleven manuscripts measure
four inches or smaller in height and only
three of these could definitely have been
produced before 1501.
The earliest is a little volume with the
spine lettered Psalms of David. The
manuscript is written on vellum containing
206 leaves with fifteen lines to
a page. The page size is 3% inches high
by 2% inches wide. There is a miniature
painting on the first leaf which appears
to be the first owner. The initial letter
of each paragraph is executed in gold
with various colors as a background. It
was probably produced about the year
1478. The binding is full brown calf lettered
in gold at the foot of the spine
Liber Rarus. The text is written in
The second volume is an odd little
manuscript bound in a metal binding
which was probably produced in the
late fifteenth century. It contain 154
vellum leaves of which all but three are
blank. The page size is 3% inches by
2% inches. The text is only three.odd
leaves from a Book of Hours. The first
leaf contains fifteen lines to the page
with the capital letters in gold and blue.
The text is in Latin. The second leaf
contains fourteen lines and is an elaborate
leaf with a floral border. The text,
in Latin, concerns the Virgin Mary.
The third leaf contains fifteen lines to
the page with capital letters in gold leaf
over various colors. The text is in
Latin. Apparently the three leaves in
the center of the volume were thickened
by the blank vellum leaves in
order that they would fit inside the
metal binding. The size of the metal
binding is 41/4 inches by 3 inches and
1 /4 inches thick.
The next manuscript contains 211
vellum leaves, three inches by two ininches
bound in late eighteenth or early
nineteenth century vellum. The text,
beginning with a sanctoral calendar,
appears to be the life of Mary and
Jesus, twelve lines to the page with initial
letters in gold on a red or blue
background. The text is in Latin with
fifteen full-page miniatures scattered
through the text.
The next volume contains- twentyseven
vellum leaves, size 41/2 by 21/4
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Edison, Julian I. Miniature Book News # 65: 1990 June, periodical, 1990; St. Louis, Missouri. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9430/m1/5/: accessed February 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections.