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Detailed record for Egerton 3142

Author Geoffrey of Monmouth , John of Oxnead, and others
Title Historia regum Britanniae (ff. 1-80v), and other texts, including Annals from the Nativity to 1294 (ff. 83v-104v)
Origin England
Date c. 1294
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written below top line
Decoration 1 historiated puzzle initial (f. 83v). 7 large puzzle initials in blue and red, with pen-flourishing forming a partial border, and hybrid creatures or animals (f. 1 (x2), 9, 14, 46v, 81, 105). Large initials in blue with red pen-flourishing, or in red with blue pen-flourishing. Paraphs in blue or red. Marginal drawings in brown or brown and red (e.g. ff. 18v, 41). Highlighting of letters in red.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 160 (170 x 110) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 204 ( + 3 unfoliated modern parchment flyleaves at the beginning and at the end + 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. 19th-century brown morocco binding signed by F[rancis] Bedford, with blind tooling of a grape vine, and the arms, garter, and coronet of Pelham-Clinton in the centre of each cover.
Provenance Written after 1293 and probably before 1298: a chronicle (ff. 105-197v) ends in 1293, and in the annals the last entry by the original scribe is for 1294; the first entry by a later hand is for 1297 (f. 101v).
The Benedictine abbey of St Benedict, Holme St Benets (Hulme), Norfolk: annals of the abbey (ff. 95v-101v)
The Augustinian priory of St Mary, St Augustine, and All Saints, Hickling, Norfolk: addition of notes relating to the succession of priors at the Augustinian priory of St Osyth, Essex, 1120-1145, and its daughter house Hickling Priory, Norfolk (1185-1503) (ff. 92v-104), added 15th-century marginalia relating to the foundation of St Osyth's and Hickling priories respectively (ff. 121v, 128v).
Miscellaneous inscriptions, including the 15th-century names of 'Thomas Gregory' and 'Thoma Dene' (f. 204v).
Philip Carteret Webb (b. 1702, d. 1770), barrister and antiquary: his list of contents (ff. iii-vii); his sale, 25 February 1771, lot 2831, bought by Herbert.
William Herbert (b. 1718, d. 1795), bibliographer and printseller, in 1771: inscription 'Wm Herbert. 1771.' (f. 1); his sale, 21 November 1798, lot 840.
Thomas King (fl. 1781-1822): his sale, 7 July 1800, lot 1219.
John Towneley: his book-plate (f. i); his sale, 8 June 1814, lot 905, bought by Triphook: note in the hand of Henry Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle, dated 19 March 1828 (f. iv verso).
Robert Triphook, London bookseller, bought by Page-Turner: above cited note.
Sir Gregory Osborne Page-Turner, 4th Bart.: his sale, 18 March 1828, bought by Pelham-Clinton.
Henry Pelham Fiennes Pelham-Clinton (b. 1785, d. 1851), 4th duke of Newcastle under Lyme, landowner and politician: his armorial gilt book stamp on the front and back covers; his note (f. iv verso).
Henry Pelham Archibald Douglas (b. 1864, d. 1928), 7th duke of Newcastle, Master Forester of Dartmoor: his sale at Sotheby's, London, 14 February 1938, lot 1202, bought by Quaritch for 140.
Bought by the British Museum, using the Bridgewater fund (12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Notes f. i is a book-plate pasted onto an unfoliated paper flyleaf; f. ii is a printed description of the manuscript from a Thorpe catalogue as '528', with a price of 26, 5s, pasted onto an unfoliated paper flyleaf; ff. iii-vi are notes on paper; ff. vii-viii are pages from the preface by John Romilly to a printed edition describing the manuscript; f. 200 is a lined parchment leaf, ff. 202-204 are parchment leaves.
Select bibliography R. Flower, 'Manuscripts from the Clumber Collection', British Museum Quarterly, 12 (1938), 79-82 (pp. 80-81).

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), p. 101.

The British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1936-1945, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1970), I, no. Eg. 3142 [with detailed description].


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