Commonplace shells

Some pages I’m using as shells for A Compost Commonplace – a book growing out from this blog.


5          “Beatus Page.” The Eadui Psalter, folio 12r.

6          Alexander Pope. The Rape of the Lock, page 2.

7          Gilbert of Auxerre. “Initial ‘E’ with Jeremiah Mourning.”
              Gloss on the Lamentations of Jeremiah, folio 23v.

8          “De scitali serpente; de anphivena; de ydro
               (“Of the snake scitalis; of the anphi­vena; of the ydrus”).
              The Aberdeen Bestiary, folio 68v.

10         Incipit page, “Book of Matthew.” The Lindisfarne Gospels, folio 27r.

11         Magister Sampson. Motets, folio 2r.

12         “Berachot,” first page. Babylonian Talmud, folio 2r.

13         Incipit page, “Book of Luke.” Judith of Flanders Gospels, folio 43r.

14         Valerius Maximus, Gaius. Facta et dicta memorabilia
               (Memorable deeds and sayings), folio 5r.

15         Carolus VII. Pragmatica sanctio (Pragmatic sanction), n.p.

16         The Vespasian Psalter, folio 53r.

17         Hakuin Ekaku. Toku (Virtue).

18         Decorated text page. Book of Hours, folio 22.

19         Pope Gregory IX. Decretals, n.p.

21         Old English Hexateuch, folio 92v.

22–23 San Francisco Trial Transcript, page 2.

24         John Mandeville. Travels of Jean de Mandeville, folio 220r.

Take a wander, do. Up top, the ydrus, killing a crocodile by crawling in its mouth and rending it from within. Possibly derived from a Nilotic worm that crawls in and out of the flesh of dead animals. The text traces the name of the ydrus to the Greek idros (υδρος), “water.” Folio 68v of The Aberdeen Bestiary (Aberdeen University Library MS 24). Ink, pigments, and gold on parchment. England, ca. 1200.