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Part 1 f. 24r-v 
Title Leaf of a Psalter, in the Gallican version, including Psalms 26-32, imperfect, and bound with the recto as the verso
Origin England or France
Date last quarter of the 13th or 1st half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written below top line
Decoration 1 large puzzle initial in red and blue with red and blue pen-flourishing for Psalm 26 (f. 24v). Small initials in blue with red pen-flourishing. Small initials in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 240 x 170 (165 x 115) in two columns
 
Part 2 f. 30r-v 
Title Leaf of a glossed codex of Justinian, book 6.6.4-6.14.2, imperfect, and bound with the recto as the verso, formerly used as a pastedown
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initials in blue with red penwork decoration. Small initials in red.
Dimensions in mm 290 x 180 (fragment)
 
Part 3 f. 32r-v 
Title Leaf with the start of Book 5 of a grammatical (?) work
Origin France or England
Date 1st half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written above top line
Decoration 1 large initial in red with blue penwork decoration. Small initials in red or blue. Paraph in red.
Dimensions in mm 270 x 175 (190 x 95)
 
Part 4 f. 33r-v 
Title Leaf of a Bible, Acts 1:1-4:31, bound with the recto as the verso
Origin France or England
Date 1st half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Incipit in blue with red penwork decoration. Small initials in red or blue. Chapter numbers in red and blue.
Dimensions in mm 250 x 165 (245 x 130) in two columns
 
Part 5 f. 35r-v 
Title Fragment of a Psalter, with part of Psalms 11-13, with the recto bound as the verso
Origin England
Date 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 2 large initials in blue with red pen-flourishing. Small initials alternately red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 150 x 105 (135 x 85)
 
Part 6 ff. 36r-v; 131r-v 
Title Fragment of Psalter (?), including a litany and prayers
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initial in blue with red pen-flourishing. Small initials in red or blue. Musical notation of four-line red staves.
Dimensions in mm 120 x 145 in two columns
 
Part 7 f. 38r-v 
Title Fragment of a Missal, with part of the Mass for the 18th Sunday after Trinity
Origin France or England
Date last quarter of the 13th or 1st half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initials in blue with red penwork decoration, or in red with blue penwork decoration. Large initials in brown, with highlighting in red. Musical notation on red four-line staves.
Dimensions in mm 250 x 170 (240 x 170) in two columns
 
Part 8 f. 39r-v 
Title Diagram
Origin England or France
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Text arranged in a diagram with red and green lines. Highlighting of letters in red.
Dimensions in mm 205 x 160
 
Part 9 f. 40r-v 
Title Fragment with Antiphons for the Nativity of the Lord
Origin England
Date 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initials in blue with red penwork decoration in foliate forms and red pen-flourishing. Small initials in red or blue. Musical notation on red 4-line staves.
Dimensions in mm 270 x 180 (270 x 180)
 
Part 10 f. 41r-v 
Title Fragment of a Psalter, with Psalm 84:10-89:19, the recto mounted as the verso
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initials in blue with red pen-flourishing or in red with blue pen-flourishing. Small initials in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 240 x 180 (220 x 165) in two columns
 
Part 11 f. 44r-v 
Title Fragment of a Bible with the beginning of the book of Daniel (recto) and part of the chapter list (verso)
Origin France, N. W. (Normandy?) or England
Date 1st half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration 1 large initial in green, blue, yellow, and red, with filigree penwork decoration (f. 44). Small initials in red, yellow, green, or blue.
Dimensions in mm 195 x 170
 
Part 12 f. 46r-v 
Author Cassian
Title Leaf of Collationes, Collatio 13, chapters 12-13, mounted with the verso as the recto
Origin England or France
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large initial in blue with red penwork decoration. Quire signature 'iiii' (f. 46).
Dimensions in mm 303 x 180 (230 x 160)
 
Part 13 f. 47r-v 
Title Leaf of a Missal with parts of masses for Peter and Paul (29 June), the Seven Brothers (10 July) and the Translation of Benedict (11July)
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large initials in blue with red penwork decoration and pen-flourishing, and in red with blue penwork decoration and pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 170 (265 x 160) in two columns
 
Part 14 f. 51r-v 
Title Leaf of a Bible, Deuteronomy 4:32-7:13
Origin France or England
Date 1st half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Small initials in blue with red penwork decoration, or in red with blue penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 300 x 170 (260 x 140) in two columns
 
Part 15 f. 55r-v 
Title Fragment of a monastic Breviary
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initials in gold with foliate decoration on red and blue grounds, with white filigree. Small initials in blue, with red penwork decoration, or in red with brown penwork decoration. Highlighting of letters in red. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 195 x 170 in two columns
 
Part 16 f. 56r-v 
Title Fragment of a Bible, with the end of 4 Kings and the prologue to and beginning of 1 Chronicles
Origin England? or France?
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large puzzle initial in red and blue with red and blue pen-flourishing. Smaller initial in blue, with red pen-flourishing. Small initials in red or blue. Paraphs in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 75 x 150 in two columns
 
Part 17 f. 65r-v 
Title Leaf of a glossed Jeremiah 13:12-24
Origin England
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Small initials in red with blue penwork decoration, or in blue with red penwork decoration. Paraphs in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 270 (135 x 230)
 
Part 18 f. 77r-v 
Title Leaf of a noted Missal
Origin England
Date 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 large initials in blue with red pen-flourishing with foliate decoration, and large initials in blue with black penwork decoration. Small initials in red or blue. Musical notation on red four-line staves.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 170 (265 x 145)
 
Part 19 ff. 78r-v; 83r-v 
Title Two leaves of a noted Missal
Origin England
Date 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initials in blue with red pen-flourishing with decoration in the form of leaves. Large initials in brown. Small initials in red or blue. Musical notation on 4-line red staves.
Dimensions in mm 300/285 x 180/190 (255 x 155) in two columns
 
Part 20 ff. 80-81v 
Title Fragment of a noted Missal
Origin England
Date 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initials in blue with red and blue pen-flourishing forming a partial border. Large initials in red or blue. Musical notation on 4-line red staves.
Dimensions in mm 290 x 170 (265 x 170) in two columns
 
Part 21 f. 87r-v 
Title Leaf of a Psalter, with Psalms 58:18-60:6 (mounted with the recto as the verso)
Origin England
Date 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initial in red with blue, yellow, and red penwork decoration (f. 87). Large initial in blue with red, yellow and green penwork decoration. Small initials in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 225 x 145 (200 x 120)
 
Part 22 f. 88r-v 
Title Fragment of a a legal text
Origin France
Date last quarter of the 12th or 1st half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initial in colours and gold with foliate decoration and a man forming the descender. Incipit in red or blue. Small initials in red or blue. Paraphs in blue or red.
Dimensions in mm 265 x 150 (230 x 135) in two columns
 
Part 23 f. 89r-v 
Title Fragment of a Psalter, with Psalm 50:12-17 (recto); 50:4-8
Origin England
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Small initials in red with blue penwork decoration, or in blue with red penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 140 x 160
 
Part 24 f. 93r-v 
Author Augustine
Title Fragment of Enarrationes in Psalmos, commentary on Psalm 135, section 8-9; on Psalm 136 section 1 (recto)
Origin England
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large initial in blue with a face in red (the face perhaps a later addition). Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 290 x 120
 
Part 25 f. 97r-v 
Title Fragment of a Missal
Origin England
Date 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initials in gold, on grounds of red and blue with white and black filigree decoration, one with green foliate decoration extending from the corners. Small initials in gold with penwork decoration in purple, or in blue with penwork decoration in red. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 200 x 145 (190 x 125) in two columns
 
Part 26 f. 100r-v 
Title Fragment from a Bible with the start of the Prologue to Joshua (recto) and the end of Deuteronomy 34:1-6 (verso); from the same Bible as Sloane 1044, ff. 76-77
Origin France, N. W. (Normandy, Fécamp?) or England
Date 1st half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Artists ? the artist of the second Fécamp Bible, Rouen ms. 7, according to Michael Gullick.
Decoration 1 large interlace initial in brown, with birds and animal heads (f. 100). Large simple initial in yellow (f. 100v). Display script in red and green.
Dimensions in mm 195 x 160
 
Part 27 f. 116r-v 
Title Fragment of a Psalter, with part of Psalm 57:11-58:1; 58:5-6 (recto); 58:10-12; 58:13-15 (verso)
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initials in red with blue pen-flourishing, or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Paraph in blue.
Dimensions in mm 90 x 235 in two columns
 
Part 28 f. 119r-v 
Title Fragment of a Gospel Book: Luke, 10:29-30 (recto); 10:21-22 (verso). From the same manuscript as Cambridge, Magdalene College, Pepys MS 2981 (2).
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 8th century
Language Latin
Script Half-uncial
Decoration Small initials in black filled with yellow, green and/or red, and surrounded by red dots.
Dimensions in mm 95 x 240 (50 x 190)
 
Part 29 f. 121 
Title Bifolium of a Book of Hours, with part of the Seven Penitential Psalms and the start of the Office of the Dead (Psalm 101:1-26; Psalm 114; and Psalm 137)
Origin England
Date 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initial in red, blue, white and gold, extending into a 3-sided border with foliate decoration at the beginning of Psalm 114 (f. 122). Small initials in gold with purple penwork decoration, or in blue with red penwork decoration. Small initials in red.
Dimensions in mm 185 x 125 (115 x 70)
 
Part 30 f. 123r-v 
Title Leaf from a Book of Hours, with part of the Office of the Dead, parts of lessons VII to IX
Origin England
Date 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Small initials in gold, with red, blue, and white decoration. Small initials in gold with black penwork decoration or in blue with red penwork decoration. Highlighting of letters in red.
Dimensions in mm 195 x 140 (125 x 80)
 
Part 31 f. 124r-v 
Author Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Title Fragment with part of Controversiae, book 5:1
Origin England, S.
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large initial in colours and gold with foliate decoration, extending into the margin with gold balls and green leaves (f. 124). Small initials in blue with red pen-flourishing in the form of leaves.
Dimensions in mm 195 x 165 in two columns
 
Part 32 ff. 125-126 
Title Fragment of a Missal
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initials in gold on blue and red grounds with white filigree and foliate decoration. Large initials in blue with red pen-flourishing. Paraph in blue. Dotting of initials in red. 15th- or 16th-century inscription 'Jhon gyfford' and 'stephe(n) aston'.
Dimensions in mm 170 x 210 (135 x 170) in two columns
 
Part 33 f. 129r-v 
Title Fragment of a Psalter (?) with parts of lessons V and VI of the Office of the Dead
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 13th century or 1st half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large initials in gold on blue and red background, with gold decoration. Small initials in gold with blue penwork decoration, or in blue with red penwork decoration. Small initials in red.
Dimensions in mm 195 x 155 (195 x 135)
 
Part 34 f. 133r-v 
Title Leaf from a Missal, including the start of a litany
Origin England
Date last quarter of the 12th century or 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large initials in red with blue pen-flourishing, or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Small initials in red or blue. Ampersands.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 145 (195 x 115)
 
Part 35 f. 134r-v 
Title Fragment from a glossed Psalter, with Psalm 100: 8-101:1-8
Origin France, N. or England
Date 2nd half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large historiated initial in gold with pen drawing and green and blue washes, of David kneeling. Small initials in red or blue. Ampersands.
Dimensions in mm 180 x 145 (170 x 50)
 
Part 36 f. 136r-v 
Title Leaf of a calendar for May and June
Origin England
Date last quarter of the 12th or 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin.
Script Gothic
Decoration Large 'KL' letters in blue with red penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 220 x 145 (215 x 135)
 
Part 37 f. 137r-v 
Title Leaf from a Missal, with masses for Stephen
Origin France or England
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large initials with simple penwork decoration in red, green, or blue. Small initials in red or brown. ae caudatas. ampersands.
Dimensions in mm 200 x 150 (195 x 120)
 
Part 38 f. 141r-v 
Title Fragment of an Antiphonary, including Benedicat nos Deus Deus noster benedicat nos Deus et metuant eum omnes fines terrae
Origin England
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large puzzle and 'arabesque' initial in blue and red with red, blue, and green penwork decoration (f. 141). Small initial in red. Musical notation on reddish-brown 4-line staves.
Dimensions in mm 145 x 175 (145 x 145)
 
Part 39 f. 143r-v 
Title Fragment from a law text
Origin Italy
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Incipit in red and blue, with blue penwork decoration. Small intials in red or blue, some with penwork decoration in red or blue. Paraphs in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 140 x 210 in two columns with surrounding gloss
 
Official foliation ff. 147 ( + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 6 at the end)
Form Parchment fragments mounted on paper leaves
Binding Post-1600.
Provenance John Bagford: inscribed, probably by Frederic Madden, that this is 'A portion of Bagford's collection F. M.' (f. [iii]).
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753: inscribed 'MS. 978', 'MS.A:800', the '800' crossed through and '1086' added.
Notes The manuscript is a collection of fragments and leaves.
Not described separately: ff. 1-23v; 25-29v; 31, 34, 36-37, 41-43, 45, 48-51, 52-54, 57-59, 60-64, 66, 79, 84-86, 89, 90-96, 98-99, 101-118, 120, 128, 130-132.
ff. 10-11, 15, 67-76, and 82 were printed fragments and have been removed.
Musical notation (e.g., ff. 18v, 38, 40, 77r-v, 78r-v, 80r-v, 83r-v).
Select bibliography Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Sloanianae(Manuscripts 1-1091), ([London: British Museum], no date), no. 1086.

Patrick McGurk, Latin Gospel Books from A. D. 400 to A. D. 800 (Paris: Érasme, 1961), no. 30a. [f. 119]

Richard Marsden, ‘The Old Testament in Late Anglo-Saxon England: Preliminary observations on the Textual Evidence’, in The Early Medieval Bible: Its Production, Decoration and Use (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 101-124 (pp. 101). (f. 109)

Richard Marsden, 'Ask What I am Called': The Anglo-Saxons and Their Bibles', in The Bible as Book: The Manuscript Tradition, ed. by John L. Sharpe III and Kimberly Van Kampen (London: British Library, 1998), pp. 145-176 (p.172) [for f. 2]; p. 174 [for f. 109].

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241 (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001), no. 498.4 (f. 45), no. 498.5 (f. 109), no. 498.6 (f. 112), under no. 124 (f. 119).


Images

Part  1   f. 24r-v
Leaf of a Psalter, in the Gallican version, including Psalms 26-32, imperfect, and bound with the recto as the verso
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Puzzle initial

f. 24
Puzzle initial
Puzzle initial.

f. 24v
Puzzle initial.

Part  2   f. 30r-v
Leaf of a glossed codex of Justinian, book 6.6.4-6.14.2, imperfect, and bound with the recto as the verso, formerly used as a pastedown
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Coloured initials

f. 30
Coloured initials

Part  3   f. 32r-v
Leaf with the start of Book 5 of a grammatical (?) work
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Decorated initial

f. 46
Decorated initial

Part  4   f. 33r-v
Leaf of a Bible, Acts 1:1-4:31, bound with the recto as the verso
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Decorated initials

f. 33v
Decorated initials

Part  5   f. 35r-v
Fragment of a Psalter, with part of Psalms 11-13, with the recto bound as the verso
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Decorated initials

f. 35
Decorated initials

Part  7   f. 38r-v
Fragment of a Missal, with part of the Mass for the 18th Sunday after Trinity
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Decorated initials

f. 38
Decorated initials

Part  8   f. 39r-v
Diagram
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Diagram

f. 39
Diagram

Part  9   f. 40r-v
Fragment with Antiphons for the Nativity of the Lord
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Musical notation

f. 40
Musical notation
Decorated initials

f. 40v
Decorated initials

Part  10   f. 41r-v
Fragment of a Psalter, with Psalm 84:10-89:19, the recto mounted as the verso
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Decorated initials

f. 32
Decorated initials

Part  11   f. 44r-v
Fragment of a Bible with the beginning of the book of Daniel (recto) and part of the chapter list (verso)
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Decorated initial

f. 44
Decorated initial

Part  15   f. 55r-v
Fragment of a monastic Breviary
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Illuminated initials

f. 55
Illuminated initials

Part  26   f. 100r-v
Fragment from a Bible with the start of the Prologue to Joshua (recto) and the end of Deuteronomy 34:1-6 (verso); from the same Bible as Sloane 1044, ff. 76-77
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Interlace initial

f. 100
Interlace initial
Coloured initial

f. 100v
Coloured initial

Part  35   f. 134r-v
Fragment from a glossed Psalter, with Psalm 100: 8-101:1-8
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David

f. 134
David

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