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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 13r

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Four decorated initials, R enclosing animal, D enclosing male head, E enclosing animal, I of Collect, Illo nos igne quesumus domine spiritus sanctus inflammet, and B enclosing head of tonsured cleric in profile.
Margins with curvilinear foliate stems and balls.
Margin, left, inhabited by hybrid animal with long beak.
Margin, lower, inhabited by hybrid man pulling rope wound around detached limb of animal leg, and tonsured hybrid cleric with bat’s wing and animal leg.
Margin, right, inhabited by hybrid rabbit with stork’s beak.
Line endings decorated.

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