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AQUILINUS, Saint, of Évreux). Louis FROMONT, scribe.
Pour la Feste de St. Aquilin.
[Évreux (Normandy), 1656]. A diminutive palm-sized manuscript book of prayers and hymns for the feast of Saint Aquilinus (19 October), made for the curates the church dedicated to him at Évreux. It consists of offices for vespers, matins, three nocturnes and laudes and includes hymns uniquely dedicated to Aquilinus.Saint Aquilin was born at Bayeux c. 620 and served in the army of Frankish king Clovis II. He married and had children but vowed to devote the remainder of his life to chastity, God and the service of the poor. He settled with his wife, at Évreux before he was named bishop, whereupon he built a cell by the cathedral and lived there as a hermit. He died circa 695 and the oratory chapel where he was buried was named after him.According to a note on the initial (paper) flyleaf, this little manuscript was made by one Louis Fromont for his uncle Mathurin Fromont in 1656. The later inscriptions indicate it was bequeathed to unknown successors in Évreux by the curate Le Goulx around 1679. A later ex libris at the foot of the flylead reads 'Bihet'. Manuscript on parchment, 18mo (110 × 80 mm), 26 leaves, including two blanks each at front and rear. Nine lines per page in a large roman hand, rubrics. Some thumbing, one leaf with original stitched repair to a marginal flaw. Original sprinkled calf, gilt panelled spine, remnants of two brass clasp fittings, marbled endpapers. Slightly rubbed and soiled. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Justin Croft Antiquarian Books Ltd ABA [Faversham, United Kingdom]
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