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Detailed record for Egerton 1934

Author Isidore of Seville
Title Chronicle, fragment
Origin Spain
Date last quarter of the 8th century
Language Latin
Script Visigothic minuscule
Decoration Small initials in brown and green, with simple penwork decoration. Small initials in brown.
Dimensions in mm 595 x 370 (380 x 280) in three columns
Official foliation ff. 2 ( + numerous paper flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Bought by the British Museum from H. Balliere in 1861, using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Notes Another portion of the original manuscript is Madrid, Academia de la Historia, MS S. N., which was once at Saragossa and later in Madrid (see Codices Latini Antiquiores (1935), no. 195).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1853-1875 (London: British Museum, 1877), no. Eg.1934.

[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, p. 87.

Codices Latini Antiquiores, ed. by E. A. Lowe, 11 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1934-1966), II: Great Britain and Ireland (1935), no. 195.

E. A. Loew, The Beneventan Script: A History of the South Italian Minuscule, 2nd ed. and enlarged by Virginia Brown, 2 vols (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 1980), I: Text, Sussidi Eruditi, 33, p. 170.

Joyce Irene Whalley, The Pen's Excellence: Calligraphy of Western Europe and America (Tunbridge Wells: Midas Books, 1980), pl. on p. 45.

Bernhard Bischoff, Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages, trans. by Dáibhí Ó Cróinín and David Ganz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990), p. 24 n. 36.

Mediaeval Latin Texts and Their Transmission, ed. by Paolo Chiesa and Lucia Castaldi (Florence: SISMEL, 2004), p. 429.


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