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Girdle Book Calendar (March - December only)

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A girdle book calendar consisting of ten single leaves sewn together at lower margin, attached to silver holder with six carnelian beads. Typical liturgical calendar format, having 28 to 31 text lines (one month per recto), in Latin. Written in a Current Gothic bookhand in brown ink with red...

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By 1909, Albert Figdor (b. 1843 - d. 1927), Vienna [see note 1]; June 14-15, 1932, Figdor and others sale, Gilhofer and Ranschburg, Lucerne, lot 599, sold for 180 fr. 1946, Blumka Gallery, New York; 1946, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $400. (Accession Date: June 13, 1946) NOTES: [1] See Ernst von Basserman-Jordan, Der Schmuck (Leipzig, Klinkhardt und Biermann, 1909), p. 88, fig. 100.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Northeastern Spanish or Southwestern French, Medieval (Gothic), about 1300–50

Place of Manufacture

Northeastern Spain

Place of Manufacture

Southwestern France


Overall (open page dimensions): 6 x 4.5 cm (2 3/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ink on parchment, silver handle with six carnelian beads




Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts