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Detailed record for Egerton 2615

Title Motets, in an Office for the Feast of the Circumsion; Hymns, Miracle play on the history of Daniel (ff. 95-108)
Origin France, N. (Beauvais)
Date 2nd quarter of the 13th century, probably between 1227 and 1234
Language Latin and French
Script Gothic
Decoration 10 large initials in gold on blue and red grounds and penwork decoration (ff. 1, 16, 17v, 50, 56v, 80, 82, 88v, 90, 91). 1 large puzzle initial in red and blue with red and blue pen-flourishing (f. 95). Large initials in blue with red penwork decoration, and in red with blue penwork decoration. Small initials in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 220 x 140 (155 x 95)
Official foliation ff. 110 + 78[a] ( + 1 unfoliated modern parchment flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Wooden boards; rebacked.
Provenance The chapter of the cathedral of Beauvais: probably written during the pontificate of Gregory IX (1227-1241), and before the marriage of Louis IX to Marguerite of Provence in 1234: the Laudes Regiae includes 'Gregorio summo pontifici et universali pape vita' (f. 41v), and 'Ludovico serenissimo et a deo coronato magno et pacifico regi vita et victora', without the name of Marguerite (f. 42); text 'In Belvaco [Beauvais] est inventus . . .' (f. 95); its book-plates (ff. 78, 110v).
Pacchiarotti of Padua: partly effaced inscription (f. 110v).
Purchased by the British Museum from Ellis and White on 8 December 1883 using the Farnborough Fund (£3,000 bequeathed in 1838 by Charles Long, Baron Farnborough (b. 1761, d. 1838), a cousin of Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829), founder of the collection.
Notes Musical notation on red or green 4-line staves for three voices.
f. 78 [a] is an unfoliated page with red 4-line staves.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1882-1887 (London: British Museum, 1889), no. Eg. 2615 [with additional bibliography].

Augustus Hughes-Hughes, Catalogue of Manuscript Music in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1906-65), I, 242, 253.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 139.

Arthur Watson, The Early Iconography of the Tree of Jesse (London: Humphrey Milford, 1934), p. 33 n. 2.

D. G. Hughes, 'Liturgical Polyphony at Beauvais in the Thirteen Century', Speculum 34 (1959), 184-200.

Manuscripts of Polyphonic Music, 11th - Early 14th Century, ed. by Gilbert Reaney, Répertoire international des sources musicales, BIV 1 (Munich: G. Henle, 1966), pp. 501-05 [with additional bibliography].

Wulf Arlt, Ein Festoffizium des Mittelalters aus Beauvais in seiner liturgisches und musikalischen Becheuting (Cologne, 1970).

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 612.

Arthur Seale, Music Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1987), p. 4, pl. on p. 3.

Nicolas Bell, Music in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2001), pp. 33-37.


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