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Detailed record for Egerton 613

Part 1 ff. 7-30; ff. 59-70v 
Title Religious miscellany, in prose and verse, including a metrical treatise on the vocation of a nun (ff. 59-64)
Origin England, S. W.
Date 1st half of the 13th century
Language English, Latin and French
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initial in red with green penwork decoration (f. 13v). Small initials in red or green, one with penwork decoration in the other colour (f. 17). Run-over symbol of green penwork decoration (f. 20v). Highlighting of letters in red. Cadels. From ff. 59: Large initials in red. Highlighting of letters in red. Line-filler of red penwork decoration (f. 64).
Dimensions in mm 225 x 145 (180 x 95/105)
 
Part 2 ff. 31-58v 
Author Guillaume le Clerc
Title Bestiary
Origin England
Date 2nd quarter of the 13th century
Language French
Script Gothic, written above top line
Decoration 36 drawings in ink of bestiary subjects, framed or marginal, a few with a light yellow wash (ff. 31v, 32v, 33, 33v, 34, 34v, 35, 35v, 36, 36v, 37, 38, 38v, 39, 40, 40v, 41, 42, 42v, 43, 43v, 44v (x2), 45 (x2), 46v, 47, 47v, 49 (x2), 50, 50v, 51, 52v, 53v, 54).
Dimensions in mm 225 x 145 (180 x 100) in two columns
 
Official foliation ff. 74 ( + 10 unfolaited paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Various 13th-14th-century texts (ff. 1-6).
Added text in a 14th-century? hand (f. 29v).
Added 15th- or 16th-century medical recipes in English (ff. 71-74v).
William Bentham of Gower Street: inscription (f. [iii].
Purchased at Sotheby’s, in May 1836 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).
Notes This one of four 13th-century English illustrated copies of Guillaume le Clerc's text, written in 1210-1211, according to Morgan 1988 p. 194.
Select bibliography List of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1836-1840 (London: British Museum, 1843), 1836, p. 43.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 109.

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierter Handschriften des lateinischen Mittelalters, ed. by Harry Bober, 4 vols (London: Warburg Institute, 1916-1966), III: Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken (1953), p. 135.

Florence McCulloch, Medieval Latin and French Bestiaries, University of North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures, 33 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1962), p. 57, as 'A'.

Betty Hill, 'British Library Ms. Egerton 613-I', Notes and Queries, New Series, 25 (1978), 394-409 [with additional bibliography].

Brunsdon Yapp, Birds in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1981), pp. 30, 46.

Nigel Morgan, Early Gothic Manuscripts, 2 vols, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 4 (London Harvey Miller, 1982-1988), II: 1250-1285, pp. 111, 194.

Anne Payne, Medieval Beasts (London: British Library, 1990), p. 16.

La Vengeance de Nostre-Seigneur: The Old and Middle French Prose Versions, ed. by Alvin E. Ford, 2 vols, Studies and Texts, 63 and 115 (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1993), II, pp. 4, 197-205.

Tony Hunt, 'An Anglo-Norman Treatise on Female Religious', Medium Aevum, 64 (1995), 205-31 [edition of ff. 59-64].

The Medieval Bestiary: Animals in the Middle Ages, ed. by David Badke, [http://bestiary.ca/manuscripts/manulocshelf.htm] [accessed 14 August 2009].


Images

Part  1   ff. 7-30; ff. 59-70v
Religious miscellany, in prose and verse, including a metrical treatise on the vocation of a nun (ff. 59-64)
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Text page

f. 6v
Text page
Bird

f. 36
Bird

Part  2   ff. 31-58v
Guillaume le Clerc Bestiary
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Mermaid

f. 38
Mermaid
Animal

f. 38v
Animal

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