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Detailed record for Royal 6 B II

Author Gregory the Great
Title Dialogi
Origin England
Date Last quarter of the 12th century, or 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written above the top line
Decoration 1 historiated initial in colours and silver, at the beginning of the text (f. 1). 2 puzzle initials in red and blue, with or without penwork decoration in red and blue (ff. 22, 77). Initials in blue, some with penwork decoration in red, or in red, some with penwork decoration in blue.
Dimensions in mm 310 x 200 (215 x 140)
Official foliation ff. 112 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal Library binding of brown leather.
Provenance The cathedral priory of St. Andrew, Rochester: inscribed, 'Liber de claust[r]o Roffens[i] p[er] H. cantor[em]', early 14th century (f. 1)
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Westminster inventory number 'no. 266' (f. 1), included in the inventory of books in the Upper Library at Westminster of 1542; Included in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 4v; and 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. 79).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Catchwords and quire signatures.
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. 134.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), pp. 162, 298.

The Benedictines in Britain, British Library Series, 3 (London: British Library, 1980), no. 1 [exhibition catalogue].

Mary Richards, Texts and Their Traditions in the Medieval Library of Rochester Cathedral Priory, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 78, part 3 (Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society, 1988), p. 19.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H2.670


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