Don’t Snipe My Bid!

Via Arthurnet-l:


There’s a medieval manuscript up for sale on eBay right now. As of this writing, the bidding is up to $7,500, with only one bid. The seller describes it as follows…

GENEALOGICAL AND CHRONICLE ROLL, in French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM

PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST SENSATIONAL ITEMS on EBAY ever! Do I exaggerate? FIND OUT:

WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?A 14 or 15th century sheet of parchment (125 x 57 cm) which traces the history and descent of the Popes, the Holy Roman Emperors, the Kings of France and of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. SIMPLY GORGEOUS and although part of possible a 10 to 20 meter long scroll, an unique object.*

If it is in capital letters, it must be TRUE. That is the rule of eBay. Be skeptical, for the seller claims the manuscript is in French, but not in FRENCH, however GORGEOUS it may be.

I doubt very many medieval manuscripts show up on eBay, since their categorization for rare books apparently doesn’t have a setting older than “pre 1900.”

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*This description modified to remove insane amounts of superfluous eBay formating tags and scripting from the text I copied and pasted over. If you couldn’t read the first version of this post, I apologize, but blame whatever software the guy who posted this uses to do his eBay auctions.

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  • Matthew Gabriele

    Looks like it was cut out of a manuscript, perhaps recently… Not that I think that someone would be stupid enough to post a stolen MS leaf on ebay though.

  • LLCoolCarlIII

    It’s a roll, so I don’t think it was cut out of a MS. The picture I used makes it look like it’s a leaf, but if you go to the auction listing, you can see it’s full extended length.

  • Catanea

    Well, first of all, the vendor didn’t think it was worthwhile showing a serious, high definition image of the item. Maybe I shouldn’t comment further. Without better images, that is the limit of my expertise.

  • robert

    Actually I was the seller of this roll. It was an authentic item, in latin, but produced in France and itwent to an american university. Who was insanely happy with it. I now offer some original templar documents. WOW!

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