chapter  8
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The Marginalia of Dr Rowland Taylor

Among the books of the remarkable parish library of St James in Bury St Edmunds1 is an incomplete set of five volumes that forms part of a Latin Bible with commentary, written by Conrad Pellican, printed in Zurich between 1533 and 1540.2 Scribbled in an early sixteenth-century hand at points throughout these volumes is an intriguing mixture of macaronic notes, added references, proverbs, aphorisms and invective. On the last printed page of the Index Bibliorum, underneath the entries for 'ZorobabeP, a second hand has written in careful letters, 'Liber Rolandi Tailed, dum vixit'.