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Detailed record for Egerton 3511

Title Beneventan Missal (WITHDRAWN)
Origin Italy, S. (Benevento)
Date 1st half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Beneventan minuscule
Decoration Large initials in gold and colours, some with interlace or foliate decoration, many zoomorphic, with animal heads or bodies (dogs?) in white or yellow. Large initials in combinations of yellow, green, purple, red, and/or blue, often with foliate decoration. Small initials in brown with highlighting in combinations of red, bue, green and/or yellow.
Dimensions in mm 315 x 220 (270 x 165) in two columns
Official foliation ff. viii + 290 ( + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 after f. viii, and 4 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Modern white tawed leather over boards. Remnants of previous parchment covers kept with the manuscript.
Provenance The Benedictine nunnery of St Peter, Benevento: dedication of the church (f. 7v); and other liturgical evidence: see British Library catalogue.
12th-14th century additions with large initials in red (ff. 4, 8-11v), including a 12th-century note by Peter de 'Ancosiis' (?) that he has the manuscript bound at a cost of 'mediam quartam uncie auri' (f. 9v).
Benevento cathedral: its no. VI 29; 18th-century table of contents (ff. i-viii), probably made at the order of Archbishop Vincenzo Maria Orsini (later Pope Benedict XIII): similar tables of contents are found in other Benevento manuscripts; the contents correspond to the description given by Lowe in 1914 ('Missale et Kalendarium').
The Pontifical Seminary in Benevento: evacuated there following bombardment of the town. in 1943.
Captain D. G. Ash, who purchased it from a bookshop in Naples in 1944; sold by him at Sotheby's, 24 June 1947, lot 361, bought by Quaritch; subsequently bought from Quaritch by the British Museum.
Notes WITHDRAWN on 9 November 2010.
Close relatives of this manuscript include Benevento Cathedral Library, MSS no. 22 and 26.
Musical notation (ff. 153, 156v-157v, 159-163, 166v, 170v-174v, 177, 178).
Select bibliography E. A. Loew, The Beneventan Script: A History of the South Italian Minuscule (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1914), p. 336.

E. Peirce, 'An Edition of Egerton MS. 3511: A Twelfth-Century Missal of St. Peter's in Benevento' (Unpubl. PhD dissertation, University of London, 1964).

British Library Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1946-1950, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1979), I, no. Eg. 3511.

E. A. Loew, The Beneventan Script: A History of the South Italian Minuscule, 2nd ed. by Virginia Brown, 2 vols (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 1980), II: Hand List of Beneventan MSS., Sussidi Eruditi, 34, p. 53.

Bibliografia dei manoscritti in scrittura beneventana, ed. by Francesco Bianchi and Antonio Magi Spinetti (Rome: Viella, 1993- ), I, 44.

Thomas Forrest Kelly, 'Gli Exultet: Cerimonia, Liturgica, e Melodia', in Exultet: Rotoli liturgici del medioevo meridionale, ed. by Guglielmo Cavallo, Giulia Orofino, and Oronzo Pecere (Rome: Stato, 1994), pp. 19-38 (pp. 30, 35, 37).


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