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Detailed record for Stowe 1061

Part 1 f. 36 
Title Copy of a page from Cotton Otho C.V
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 18th century
Language Latin
Script Calligraphic copy of Insular half-uncial and display script
Decoration Large initials and display script in yellow, green, and red, with interlace, foliate, and bird head's decoration.
Dimensions in mm 275 x 230 (310 x 210)
 
Part 2 ff. 2-104; 110-11, 119, 123-4, 126, 128-129, 131-152. 
Title Numerous facsimiles of manuscripts and monuments
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 18th century
Language Latin and Greek and English
Script Various
Decoration Copies of originals.
Dimensions in mm 275 x 230 (various)
 
Part 3 ff. 118, 120, 122, 127, 130 
Title Miscellaneous fragments of manuscripts
Origin Various
Date Various
Language Dutch; Latin; French
Script Various
Decoration 2 large initials in gold with colours and foliate decoration (f. 127). 2 large initials in brown with penwork deocration (f. 127v). Musical notation (ff. 127, 130).
Dimensions in mm Various
 
Part 4 f. 125 
Title Fragments of an Antiphoner
Origin England, S. E. (Canterbury)
Date 1st quarter of the 11th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule; neumes (with added 12th-century neumes and notes)
Decoration 1 large initial in blue. Musical notation. Note that this fragment is from the same manuscript as Burney 277 ff. 69-72.
Dimensions in mm 195 x 155 (165 x 120)
 
Part 5 f. 112 
Title Single leaf of a Book of Hours
Origin France, N.
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script N/A
Decoration 1 large miniature of the Presentation, with a full foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 112). The leaf belongs to Stowe 24.
Dimensions in mm 185 x 140 (110 x 75)
 
Part 6 f. 113 
Title Single leaf of a Book of Hours
Origin Netherlands, S. (Tournai?)
Date c. 1460 - c. 1480
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 large miniature of the Annunciation to the Shepherds, accompanied by a large decorated initial and a full foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 113). Smaller initials (2 lines) in gold on red and blue grounds. Small initials (1 line) in gold with brown pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. The leaf belongs to Stowe 27.
Dimensions in mm 145 x 100 (95 x 55)
 
Part 7 f. 114 
Title Single leaf of a Book of Hours
Origin Netherlands, N.
Date c. 1440
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Attributed to a follower of the Llangattock Master (see Backhouse 2004).
Decoration 1 large miniature of the Visitation, accompanied by a large decorated initial and a full foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 114). Smaller initial (2 lines) in gold on a red and blue ground. Small initials (1 line) in gold with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. The leaf belongs to Stowe 21.
Dimensions in mm 170 x 115 (90 x 55)
 
Part 8 f. 115 
Title Single leaf of a Book of Hours
Origin Netherlands, N. (Utrecht)
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 large miniature of a burial scene, with a full foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 115). Smaller initial (2 lines) in gold on a red and blue ground. Small initials (1 line) in gold with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. The leaf belongs to Stowe 18.
Dimensions in mm 140 x 100 (80 x 55)
 
Part 9 f. 116 
Title Single leaf of a Book of Hours
Origin Netherlands, N. (Utrecht)
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 large historiated initial of Christ before Caiphas, with a full foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 116). Smaller initials (2 lines) in gold on red and blue grounds. Small initials (1 line) in gold with brown pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. The leaf belongs to Stowe 18.
Dimensions in mm 130 x 100 (80 x 55)
 
Part 10 f. 117 
Title Single leaf of a Book of Hours
Origin France, N.
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin, rubrics in French
Script Gothic
Decoration 2 small miniatures with Nicholas and Antony, accompanied by partial foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 117r-v). Small initials in gold on red and blue grounds. The leaf belongs to Stowe 24.
Dimensions in mm 160 x 130 (110 x 75)
 
Official foliation ff. 152 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning; 8 unfoliated paper leaves after f. 1; 1 after f. 46, 66; and 9 leaves after f. 152)
Form Parchment and paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather with gold tooling and the arms of Astle in the centre and corners of each cover.
Provenance Thomas Astle (b. 1735, d. 1803), archivist and collector of books and manuscripts: his arms in the centre and corners of each cover.
f. 1 is a title page, and ff. 105-109 are notes about the manuscripts.
Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (b. 1776, d. 1839), 1st duke of Buckingham and Chandos, of Stowe House, near Buckingham: inscribed with the press-mark 'Press 3 No. 116' (f. [i verso]) corresponding to his catalogue; see O’Conor 1818-1819.
Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (b. 1797, d. 1861), 2nd duke of Buckingham and Chandos: sold in 1849 to Lord Ashburnham.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham, of Ashburnham Place, Sussex.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1840, d. 1913), 5th earl of Ashburnham: purchased by the British Museum from him together with 1084 other Stowe manuscripts in 1883.
Notes The calligraphic copies include representations of a harp (f. 68) and a double flageolet (f. 101) (see Augustus Hughes-Hughes, Catalogue of Manuscript Music in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1906-1965), III, pp. 361-62).
Select bibliography Charles O'Conor, Bibliotheca Ms. Stowensis: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Stowe Library, 2 vols (Buckingham: Seeley, 1818-1819), II, 177-86.

Catalogue of the Stowe Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1895-1896), I, no. 1061.

N. R. Ker, Handlist of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957), p. 314 [f. 70].

Janet Backhouse, ‘Birds, Beats and Initials in Lindisfarne’s Gospel Books’, in St Cuthbert: His Cult and His Community to AD 1200, ed. by Gerald Bonner, David Rollason, and Clare Stancliffe (1989), pp. 165-74 (p. 170, pl. 13). [f. 36]

Michelle Brown, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1991), p. 63, pl 67.

The Making of England : Anglo-Saxon art and Culture AD 600-900 ed. by Leslie Webster and Janet Backhouse (London: British Library, 1991), no. 83c. [exhibition catalogue].

Simon Keynes, 'The Reconstruction of a Burnt Cottonian Manuscript: The Case of Cotton MS. Otho A. I', British Library Journal, 22 (1996), 113-71 (pp. 129-133, fig. 7).

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241 (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001), no. 307.2 [f. 125]

Michelle P. Brown, The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe (London: British Library, 2003), p. 140, fig. 62. [Part 2, ff. 42-46].

Michelle P. Brown, Painted Labyrinth: The world of the Lindisfarne Gospels (London: British Library, 2003), p. 46. [ff. 43v-44]

K. D. Hartzell, Catalogue of Manuscripts Written or Owned in England up to 1200 containing Music (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2006), p. 338, no. 127.

In the Beginning: Bibles before the Year 100, ed. by Michelle P. Brown (Washington: Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 2006), p. 296 [exhibition catalogue]. [Part 1]


Images

Part  1   f. 36
Copy of a page from Cotton Otho C.V
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Decorated initials and letters

f. 36
Decorated initials and letters
Initial

f. 36
Initial
Initial

f. 36
Initial
 
Detail

f. 36
Detail

Part  8   f. 114
Single leaf of a Book of Hours
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The Visitation

f. 114
The Visitation

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