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Detailed record for Egerton 2831

Author Jerome
Title Commentary on Isaiah, books XIV-XVIII
Origin France, Central (Tours)
Date 2nd half of the 8th century
Language Latin
Script Minuscule
Decoration Drawing in brown ink of a nimbed figure (f. 109v). Zoomorphic initial in brown ink with a fish (f. 1v). Large initial in brown ink with penwork decoration (f. 78v). Small initials in brown.
Dimensions in mm 290 x 215 (250 x 190) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 143 ( + an unfoliated modern parchment flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Green velvet with pattern; gilt edges.
Provenance The abbey of St Martin, Tours: 8th-century inscription in Merovingian cursive 'Hic habet librum sancti Martini Turonensem de caenubio in quo quiescit [(?) se]d de illo armario et qui me furaverit vel hoc folium inciserit [anathema] sit' (f. 1).
Former shelf-mark(?) '141' (f. 1).
Jean-Baptiste Joseph Barrois (b. 1784, d. 1855), French deputy and book collector (on whom see Hugh Collingham, 'Joseph Barrois: Portrait of a Bibliophile XXVI', Book Collector 33 (1984), 431-48).
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham: acquired with the other Barrois manuscripts in 1849.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1840, d. 1913), 5th earl of Ashburnham: sold in the Ashburnham-Barrois sale, 10 June 1901, lot 267, bought by the British Museum, 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 1900-1905 (London: British Museum, 1907), no. Eg. 2831.

New Palaeographical Society: Facsimiles of Ancient Manuscripts, etc., First Series, 2 vols, ed. by Edward Maunde Thompson and others (London: [n. pub.], 1903-1912), 1 [-2], pls 108-9.

Wilhelm Köhler, 'Die Karolingischen Miniaturen', in Zweiten Bericht über die Denkmäler Deutscher Kunst (Berlin: Reimer, 1912), pp. 51-77 (p. 62).

Edward Kennard Rand, A Survey of the Manuscripts of Tours, Studies in the Script of Tours, 1, 2 vols (Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mediaeval Academy of America, 1929), I, no. 7, II, pls 12-13.

Die Karolingischen Miniaturen, ed. by Wilhelm Koehler and Florentine Mütherich, 6 vols (Berlin: Deutscher Verlag für Kunstwissenschaft, 1930-99), 1, ed. by Wilhelm Köehler: Die Schule von Tours, 2 vols, I: ie Ornamentik, p. 11 fn. 1, 89 fn. 1.

Wilhelm Köhler, Review of Edward Kennard Rand, A Survey of the Manuscripts of Tours, Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen, 193 (1931), 321-36 (p. 324).

Codices Latini Antiquiores, ed. by E. A. Lowe, 11 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1934-1966), II: Great Britain and Ireland (1935), no. 196a, b.

Bernard Bischoff, 'Einwiedergefundener Papyrus und die altesten Handschriften der Schule von Tours', in Mittelalterliche Studien, I (Stuttgart, 1966), pp 6-16 (pp. 10, 13).

Pierre Gasnault, 'L' ex libris du VIIIe s. d'un manuscrit de S. Hilaire (Bibl. nat., nouv. acq. lat. 1592), Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 25 (1971), 49-52 (pp. 50-1, pl. I).


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