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Detailed record for Egerton 768

Title Gospels of Luke and John, with prologue, table of chapters, and lections for the year (ff. 104v-111v)
Origin Germany, W., medieval Saxony (Corvey?) or France, N.
Date last quarter of the 9th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration 4 full-page frames in gold, silver and colours, framing words or initials at the beginning of the Gospels (ff. 1v, 2, 62v, 63). 2 decorated full-page initials in gold, silver, and colours with zoomorphic features at the beginning of the Gospels (ff. 2, 63). Chrysography. Initials in red or brown. Apparatus in brown and red.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 180 (210 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 112 ( + 1 unfoliated parchment leaf and stub at the beginning, and 1 leaf at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. German, c. 1485 stained red leather over 12th-century ? boards, stamped with double-headed eagles, mermaids, and geometric designs; the edges yellow
Provenance ff. 112r-v contains added readings for August and September starting imperfectly and ending incomplete, in 12th-century German hand.
Thomas Rodd the younger (b. 1796, d. 1849), London bookseller, bought on 28 March 1840 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 The shelfmark 'AII' and the title on the fore-edge in Latin in black ink and '3' on the top edge of the leaves. Matthew and Mark were presumably 'AI'.
Select bibliography List of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1836-1840 (London: British Museum, 1843), 1840, p. 11.

[E. Maunde Thompson and G. F. Warner], Catalogue of Ancient Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1881-1884), Part II Latin, pp. 333-4.

George F. Warner, Illuminated Manuscripts in The British Museum, Series I-IV (London: British Museum, 1903), III, pl. 6.

[George Warner], Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series I, (London: British Museum, 1907), pl. 18.

J. A. Herbert, Illuminated Manuscripts (London: Methuen, 1911), p. 105.

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

Amédée Boinet, La miniature carolingienne: ses origines, son développement (Paris: Picard, 1913), pl. 107.

W. H. James Weale and Lawrence Taylor,Early Stamped Bookbindings in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1922), no. 234.

[J. A. Herbert], British Museum: Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series 1, 3rd edn (London: British Museum, 1923), pl. XVIII.

[J. A. Herbert],Illuminated Manuscripts and Bindings of Manuscripts Exhibited in The Grenville Library, Guide to the Exhibited Manuscripts, 3 (Oxford: British Museum, 1923), no. 41.

Schools of Illumination: Reproductions from Manuscripts in the British Museum, 6 vols (London: The British Museum, 1914-1930), V: Carolingian and French to Early 14th Century (1926), p. 8, pl. 5.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 1.

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. 141, pl. CLII.

Wilhelm Köhler, Review of Edward Kennard Rand, A Survey of the Manuscripts of Tours, Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen, 193 (1931), 321-36 (p. 326).

Theodor Klauser, Das ro¨mische capitulare evangeliorum: Texte und Untersuchungen zu seiner a¨ltesten Geschichte, Liturgiegeschichtliche Quellen und Forschungen. 28 (Munster: Aschendorffschen, 1935), p. L no. 162*.

G. L. Micheli L’enluminure du haut moyen age et les influences irlandaises (Brussels: Editions de la connaissance, 1939), p.142, pl. 222.

Ernst Kitzinger, Early Medieval Art with Illustrations from the British Museum Collection (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1940), pl. 21.

Florentine Mütherich, 'Ottonian Art: Changing Aspects' in Studies in Western Art: Acts of the Twentieth International Congress of the History of Art, 4 vols (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1963), I: Romanesque and Gothic Art, 27-39 (pp. 31-32, 34).

Kunst und Kultur im Weserraum, 800-1600, 2 vols (Munster: Aschendorff, 1967), no. 159 [exhibition catalogue] [with additional bibliography].

Illuminated Manuscripts Exhibited in the Grenville Library (London, British Museum, 1967), no. 34.

Bonifatius Fischer, Die Lateinischen Evangelien bis zum 10. Jahrhundert, 4 vols (Freiburg: Herder, 1988-1991), I: Varianten zu Matthäus, Vetus Latina die Reste der Altlateinischen Bible: Aus der Geschichte der Lateinischen Bibel, 13, p. 33*.

Henry Mayr-Harting, Ottonian Book Illumination: An Historical Study, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1991), II, Books, p. 159, pl. 96.

Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, Bible Manuscripts: 1400 Years of Scribes and Scripture (London: British Library, 2007), p. 38, fig. 25.

Otto der Grosse: Magdeburg und Europa, ed. by Matthias Puhle, 2 vols (Mainz: Philipp von Zabern, 2001), II: Katalog, pp. 176-77, pl. IV.7.


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Frame

f. 1v
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f. 2
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Coloured initials

f. 16
Coloured initials
 
Frame

f. 62v
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Frame

f. 62v
Frame
John

f. 63
John
 
Frame

f. 63
Frame

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