Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes


Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Lat 441.4

Harvard University, "HOLLIS+" (Not Printed)

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General Information

Material: vellum

Script, Hands:

Written in two columns of 43 lines, in brown ink in a small "pearl script" gothic bookhand measuring 2mm or less in height, with initials and headings in red and blue ink. Probably written at Paris. Includes marginal notes and line numbering by 5s, probably written in the 14th century in England.

General Remarks:

Possibly forms a part of a whole that would include MS Lat 441, 441.1, 441.2, 441.3 and 441.4, Houghon Library.

Original Condition

Page Height: 160 mm

Page Width: 110 mm

Height of Written Area: 103 – 105 mm

Width of Written Area: 60 – 61 mm

Number of Columns: 2

Width of Columns: 29 – 31 mm

Number of Lines: 43

Line Height: up to 2 mm

Book Decoration


Three floriated, 6-line initials in red, blue, white, orange, brown, and pink; two of these have grotesque animals, with one entwined outside the initial with the body residing in the margins.