[Legal judgement] Charta Agnetis filiae Johis Blundi Aaroni filio Isaac, Fluriae Filiae Toscei, & Iaobo filio suo, Judaeis de Anno 1231 & 15o. Hen: 3y.
Engraved facsimile of a Latin legal document, probably an adjudication. A much shorter, four-line Latin text, lettered to a scroll, below. Two documents printed from a single folding plate, depicted with their official wax seals. 400 x 220mm. 15¾ x 8¾". Watermarked laid paper. Fold splitting; some soiling and staining. Trace of pen annotations to verso.
The original documents are from the collection of Richard Rawlinson (1690 – 1755), a clergyman and antiquarian who bequeathed a huge collection of books and manuscripts to the Bodleian Library, Oxford. In 1716 he was ordained, but as he was a nonjuror and Jacobite, the ceremony was performed by a nonjuring bishop, Jeremy Collier. In 1728 he became a bishop, but seems to have preferred to pass his time in collecting books and manuscripts, pictures and curiosities, rather than in discharging his episcopal functions. At his death Rawlinson left to the Library 5,205 manuscripts bound in volumes that include many rare broadsides and other printed ephemera, his curiosities, and some other property that endowed a professorship of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. The Rawlinsonian Professor of Anglo-Saxon was first appointed in 1795. He was also a benefactor to St John's College, Oxford.
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