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Detailed record for Egerton 1046

Part 1 ff. 1-16v; 32-48v 
Title 5 wisdom books from the Old Testament, including part of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Sapientia, Ecclesiasticus (the 'Egerton Codex')
Origin England, N. (Northumbria?)
Date 1st half of the 8th century
Language Latin
Script Minuscule (cursive)
Decoration Simple initials in black or red.
Dimensions in mm 310 x 220 (255 x 200) in two columns
 
Part 2 ff. 17-31v 
Title Part of the Old Testament, including part of Canticum canticorum
Origin England (N., Northumbria?)
Date 8th century
Language Latin
Script Minuscule (hybrid)
Decoration Simple initials in black. Highlighting of letters in yellow, red, or blue.
Dimensions in mm 310 x 220 (255 x 200) in two columns
 
Official foliation ff. 48 ( + 1 unfoliated paper and 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Black diced leather.
Provenance Purchased by the British Museum from William Pickering on 11 November 1843 using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829)
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1841-1845 (London: British Museum, 1850), 1843, p. 103.

[E. Maunde Thompson and G. F. Warner], Catalogue of Ancient Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1881-1884), Part II Latin, pp. 13-14.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London, 1929), no. 49.

Codices Latini Antiquiores, ed. by E. A. Lowe, 11 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1934-66), II: Great Britain and Ireland (1935), nos 194a, 194b.

Joyce Irene Whalley and Vera C. Kaden, The Universal Penman: A Survey of Western Calligraphy from the Roman Period to 1980 (London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1980), no. 7.

Joyce Irene Whalley, The Pen's Excellence: Calligraphy of Western Europe and America (Tunbridge Wells: Midas Books, 1980), pl. on p. 39.

Bonifatius Fischer, Lateinische Bibelhandschriften im frühen Mittelalter, Vetus Latina, 11 (Freiburg: Herder, 1985), p. 142.

Bernhard Bischoff, Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages, trans. by Dáibhí Ó Cróinín and David Ganz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990), p. 91 n. 60.

Richard Marsden, ‘The Old Testament in Late Anglo-Saxon England: Preliminary Observations on the Textual Evidence’, in The Early Medieval Bible: Its Production, Decoration and Use (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 101-124 (pp. 103-04, 123).

Michelle P. Brown, The Book of Cerne: Prayer, Patronage and Power in Ninth-Century England (London: British Library, 1996), p. 172.

Richard Marsden, 'Ask What I am Called': The Anglo-Saxons and Their Bibles', in The Bible as Book: The Manuscript Tradition, ed. by John L. Sharpe III and Kimberly Van Kampen (London: British Library, 1998), pp. 145-176 (pp.156, 171).

Michelle P. Brown, ‘Mercian Manuscripts? The ‘Tiberius’ Group and Its Historical Context’, in Mercia: An Anglo-Saxon Kingdom in Europe, ed. by Michelle P. Brown and Carol A. Farr (London: Leicester University Press, 2001), pp. 281-91 (p. 282).

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. 410.

Michelle P. Brown, The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe (London: British Library, 2003), pp. 187, 258.

Michelle P. Brown, 'Preaching with the Pen: the Contribution of Insular Scribes to the Transmission of Sacred Text, from the 6th to 9th Centuries', University of London Annual Palaeography Lecture, January 2004, School of Advanced Study, Institute of English Studies, University of London, Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, Courses & Events, [http://www2.sas.ac.uk/ies/cmps/Events/Lectures/2003/fulltext.htm] [accessed 3 April 2006], p. 9 nos 5-6.


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Part  1   ff. 1-16v; 32-48v
5 wisdom books from the Old Testament, including part of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Sapientia, Ecclesiasticus (the 'Egerton Codex')
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Coloured initials

f. 10v
Coloured initials

Part  2   ff. 17-31v
Part of the Old Testament, including part of Canticum canticorum
* * *
 
Coloured initial

f. 31
Coloured initial

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