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130.  Gospel lectionary. Manuscript on parchment, 99 leaves. Spain, second half of the 16th century. RBML, Western MS 29

This book containing the gospel readings for the mass is an example of the influence of printed books on manuscripts during the 16th century. According to the prefatory statement on folio ii verso, the text of this manuscript was corrected on the basis of comparison with a Roman missal printed in Venice in 1577 and then compared to another missal printed in Salamanca in 1588. The style of illumination shows Flemish influence in the naturalistic fruits and flowers on a gold ground. The text appears as if in a frame hung against a tapestry of lush vegetation. On the right is the gospel for the first Sunday of Advent, Luke 21. The binding is in contemporary calf over wooden boards, gilt stamped, with gilt edges.

Gift of John M. Crawford, Jr., 1971

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