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Detailed record for Egerton 3661

Title Astronomical calendar, Compotus tables (those on f. 13r-v covering the period 1140-1654), and 'Paschalis gemma' (mnemonic verses for finding Easter, based on the cycle of Dionysius Exiguus), beginning at 1216.
Origin Austria (W., Salzburg?)
Date probably 1216
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Scribe ? Ulric, prior of St Nicholas, Passau
Decoration 1 full-page diagram in green, red, blue, and brown (f. 14). Large 'KL' letters and initials in red with penwork decoration. Small initials in red or brown. Words alternating in brown and red (ff. 14v-15v). Tables in brown and red.
Dimensions in mm 310 x 225 (various)
Official foliation ff. vi + 15 ( + unfoliated detached paper flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 19th-century pigskin moulded over decorated boards, with two brass clasps.
Provenance ? written by Ulric, born at Simmenthal, in the canton of Berne, Switzerland, a priest and member of the Augustinian house at Suben am Inn, in Upper Austria, who in 1210 became Prior of the Augustinian house of St Nicholas, at Passau, and Archdeacon of Austria: inscription that the Dionysian cycle, 'qui ex novella translatione paschalis gemma dicitur', was rendered into eighty-four verses 'in Salzpurgensi choro' [Salzburg Cathedral] (f. 15v).
The calendar includes the 'Dedicatio modemstorf' (f. 9), possibly Modminsdorf, a village belonging, and adjacent on the east to, the Cistercian monastery of Baumgartenberg, in Upper Austria.
An Augustinian house at Korneuburg, near Vienna: an early 19th-century note (f. 1).
Gabriel Nagy, of Debrecen, in Hungary: his notes on the manuscript dated 29 December 1835 (f. vi); note that he purchased the manuscript in Vienna, 16 July 1821(f. 1); his bookplate (f. i); given to his daughter, Joanna Cornelia Nagy, 7 March 1824: note (f. 1).
Nicholas Jankovich: note that he purchased the manuscript in Pest, on 29 January, 1840, for 20 crowns (f. ii).
Béla Jankovich: note of the purchase of the manuscript in 1884 (f. ii); a note, probably to Jankovich, from Willibald Hauthaler, Abbot of St. Peter's, Salzburg, 1901 (f. v).
Bought in 1949 by the British Museum, 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.
Notes f. i is a a book-plate; f. ii is a small paper rectangle of notes affixed to the inside upper cover; ff. ii-vi are loose paper leaves of notes, including a note (f. iii), c. 1885, on the Salzburg Breviary, MS. V 1 D 47 in the Studienbibliothek, Salzburg, by the librarian there, Alois Joseph Hammerle.
Select bibliography British Library Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1946-1950, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1979), I, no. Eg. 3661.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 625.

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Astronomical table

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Astronomical table

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