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Manuscript Fragment

"Sacrifice d. Abraham; Loue don de Dieu" (Sacrifice of Abraham, Praise the gift of God)

Manuscript fragment, 13.5 X 18.5 cm, c. 1200

An illustration from a bible showing Abraham and Isaac before the sacrifice. Isaac carries the wood on his back and the fire in his hand.

Incunabulum

Incunabulum, 31.5 X 43.5 cm, 1477, leaf from Pantheologia of Reynerus de Pisis. Includes the following description: 'A page from the Pantheologia of Reynerus de Pisis printed at Nuremburg by Anton Koberger in 1477. With the invention of moveable type in the middle of the fifteenth century, books were printed on paper and in unlimited quantity. These books printed before 1501, known as "incunabula", imitated the forms of contemporary manuscripts. Since readers were accustomed to the decoration of manuscripts, coloured initials were added to the printed page by hand.'

Incunabulum

Incunabulum, 32 X 45.5 cm, 1493, leaf from the Nuremberg Chronicle, uncoloured.

Manuscript Fragment

Manuscript fragment, 23 X 32.5 cm, 15th century, leaf from a bible. Includes the following description: 'A leaf from a fifteenth century bible which shows the great skill of the medieval scribe and the feeling for design and proportion in planning the page. The scribe was forbidden to make any alteration in his work while copying it. Later owners or scribes sometimes added their own additions or corrections. These were known as glosses. There is a gloss on the reverse side (or verso) of the folio and another on the face (or recto) about four inches from the bottom on the ride side, a small VIII in faded ink. 2nd Samuel, VII and VIII.'

Thomas Jermy to William Paston, Letter

The file consists of a handwritten letter to Paston from Thomas Jermy dated 31 January 1565. The letter has been repaired, with a slight loss of text. Also included are a photocopy of the letter; a typed transcription of the letter, made in 1974 by H.L. Douch (Curator of the Royal Cornwall Institution) and amended at the suggestion of Jean M. Kennedy (City and County Archivist, Norwich), together with comments by Kennedy and Dorothy Sweet; a handwritten transcription of the original, by Douch; handwritten notes and background material by Sweet; two typed, signed letters to Sweet from Kennedy. Sir William Paston was sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk in 1565-1566. He was the head of the family of which earlier members wrote the well-known Paston Letters. He founded the Paston Grammar School at North Walsham, where he has a magnificent tomb.

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