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Detailed record for Egerton 2865

Title Breviary, Ambrosian use
Origin Italy, N. (Margno?)
Date 1402
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Scribe Antonio degli Uberti
Decoration Large decorated foliate initials with foliate extensions into the margins, in colours. Small initials in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 160 x 105 (105 x 75) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 171 (+ 8 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Colophon, stating that the the volume was written by Antoni degli Uberti, son of the late Messer Antonio degli Uberti of Margno in Valsasina, for 22 years a beneficed priest of the church of Santa Maria at Valtorta, and 'healthy in body though because of human frailty now deficient in natural heat, seeing that I am about 47 years old': 'Explicit istud breviarium ... Quod quidem breviarium scriptum inceptum et mediatum fuit per me presbiterum inceptum et mediatum fuit per me presbiterum Antonium de Ubertis filium quondam domini Magistri Antonij de Ubertis de loco Margino [Margno] plebis Vallissaxime [Valsassina] Mediolanensis diocesis Ac beneficialem ecclesie sancte Marie de Valtorta iam ellapsis vigintiduobus annis qui sum sanus corpore licet propter fragilitatem humanam iam frigescens calore naturali cum sim fere annorum quadraginta septem ac finitum per meipsum Anno domini curente Millesimo quadringentesimo secundo Indictione decima Die veneris xvijo mensis Martij hora vesperi luna xiiij claro tempore atque sufficienti pretio uictualium' (f. 171).
The calendar includes Milanese saints (ff. 2-7v), and the litanies said on the three days following the Sunday after Ascension Day, with the names of the churches in Milan visited by the procession (ff. 81v-91v).
Notes in a 15th-century hand, charms for fever, headache, worms, etc. (ff. 1, 171v), notes on music in Italian (ff. 1r-v), and notes in the calendar (ff. 2-7v).
Note in a 19th-century hand in Italian on the contents of the book (5th-8th flyleaves [ff. ii-v]).
Bought by the British Museum, 13 December 1906, lot 440 (note on 2nd flyleaf), using the Bridgewater fund (12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Select bibliography The British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the years 1906-1910 (London: British Museum, 1912), no. Eg. 2864.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 64.

Augustus Hughes-Hughes, Catalogue of Manuscript Music in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1906-1965), III, 310.

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. 614.

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f. 7v
Decorated initial

f. 10v
Decorated initial

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