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Detailed record for Royal 4 D I

Title Gospel of Matthew, with the Glossa ordinaria
Origin England or France
Date 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 2 historiated initial of the Tree of Jesse and of Christ, in colours and gold, at the beginning of Matthew, and the Pater Noster (ff. 2, 27), and 2 foliate initials in colours and gold, at the beginning of the prologue to Matthew, and the Passion (ff. 1, 90v). Initials in red with blue pen-flourishing, or in blue with red pen-flourishing throughout the main text. Small initials and paraphs, some with penwork decoration, in red or blue, throughout the gloss.
Dimensions in mm 385 x 260 (235 x 160), in two or three columns
Official foliation ff. 103 (+ 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf attached to a modern paper flyleaf, and 1 unfoliated modern paper flyleaf at the beginning)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. 18th century.
Provenance The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James's Palace (see [Edward Bernard], Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), no. 7776).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes First volume of a set of Glossed Gospels; other manuscripts are Royal 4 D II-III (Mark and John). The third volume containing Luke is missing.
Nota signs and pointing hands (maniculae).
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), I, p. 89.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library. 2000), p. xxxvi, n. 48.
Last revised: 21 September 2009


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Tree of Jesse

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Tree of Jesse
Christ

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Christ
Christ

f. 27
Christ
 

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