Latin-language bookplate containing a dire curse written in the front of a late medieval bible.
Bookplate designed, illustrated, and inscribed by Cassia Carataca of Settmour Swamp.

Image description: An illuminated Lombardic versal L with an illustration of library shelves in the left margin of the text. Text is insular minuscule calligraphy stating: “Liber quem si quis abstulerit; morte moriatur. In sartagine coquatur; caducus morbus instet eum & febres, & rotatur & suspenditur. Ex libris”

Text taken from Marc Drogin’s quotation (“Medieval Calligraphy” p8) of a warning inscribed in a late medieval bible, cited as appearing in Florence Elder De Roover’s ch 18 of James Westfall Thompson’s “The Medieval Library”.