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Writings of Savonarola, translated into English, in the hand of Alexander Falconar, Advocate, who added some comments in the margins, late seventeenth or early eighteenth century.

Identifier: MS.3859

Scope and Contents

Contains: ‘De Simplicitate Christianae Vitae’, preceded by the ‘Epistola’, as in the Cologne edition (1550), and followed by a sermon on John, iv, I, preached on 9 June 1495 (folio 101).

There are notes on the manuscript and its writer on folios i and iii.


  • Creation: Late 17th century-early 18th century.

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119 Leaves ; Quarto.

Language of Materials



iii + 116 + many blank folios.

Custodial History

The manuscript was bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

The volume is from the library at Slains Castle.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1950.

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Repository Details

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