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Detailed record for Egerton 3050

Author Jehan de Venette
Title L'histoire des trois Maries
Origin France
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Large initials in red with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Large and small initials in plain red. Small coloured 15th-century print with a Pietà inserted as f. 1*.
Dimensions in mm 390 x 270 (295 x 220) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 223 (+ 1 paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Red velvet with gilt metalwork; gilt edges.
Provenance Jean-Baptiste Joseph Barrois (b. 1784, d. 1855), French deputy and book collector (on whom see Hugh Collingham, 'Joseph Barrois: Portrait of a Bibliophile XXVI', Book Collector 33 (1984), 431-48).
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham: acquired with the other Barrois manuscripts in 1849.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1840, d. 1913), 5th earl of Ashburnham: sold in the Ashburnham-Barrois sale, 10 June 1901, lot 602; according to the handwritten annotations in the BL Manuscript Department's copy of the sale catalogue bought by W. Flower for £33.
Bought by the British Museum in 1931, using the Farnborough Fund (£3,000 bequeathed in 1838 by Charles Long, Baron Farnborough (b. 1761, d. 1838), a cousin of Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829), founder of the collection.
Select bibliography British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1931-1935 (London: British Museum, 1967), no. Eg. 3050.

Maureen B. M. Boulton, Sacred Fictions of Medieval France (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2015), p. 305.

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f. 1
Flourished initials

f. 110
Flourished initials

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