¶ Exemplification (1564) [MS]

October 14, 2017



Illuminated manuscript. Spain, perhaps Seville, 1564. 27 leaves.

This manuscript has a mysterious history. Since it does not appear in the 1898 Sotheby sale and is not mentioned in Bennett’s privately printed catalogue of his collection, it seems likely that Morris gave or sold the manuscript to a friend before his death. The full entry in Clapinson and Rogers (see below) reads: “53031 Exemplification, on vellum, of an inspeximus by Philip II of charters of the monastery of St. Mary of Graces and the Redemption of the Captives, Seville, 1564. i + 27 leaves. Owned by William Morris; bought from Mrs. S. Vansluis, 1951. MS. Spanish c. 15.”

Provenance: Morris. — Mrs. S. Vansluis. — Bodleian Library (MS. Spanish c. 15) [purchased from Vansluis, 1951].

Reference: Clapinson, Mary, and T. D. Rogers. Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford: Acquisitions, 1916–1975. 3 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991. (See 2:1170.)


Photographed by WSP at the Bodleian Library




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