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Detailed record for Egerton 3760

Title Cistercian Gospel Lectionary: Temporale; Gospels for Matins and Mass from Christmas Eve till the 25th Sunday after Pentecost and for the four Sundays in Advent (ff. 1-112); Sanctorale; Gospels for Matins and Mass from the feast of St Stephen Protomartyr to that of St Thomas the Apostle (ff. 112-132v); Gospels for the feasts of the Dedication of a Church, votive Masses, and Masses for the dead (ff. 132v-146v)
Origin France
Date 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large puzzle initials in red and blue (f. 1). Rubrics in red or blue. Large initials in red, some with penwork decoration. Highlighting of letters in yellow. Some highlighting of letters in red. Added penwork decoration in black (ff. 128v- 129).
Dimensions in mm 275 x 190 (200 x 125)
Official foliation ff. iii + 146 (no flyleaves; see Notes)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Italian blind-stamped and tooled brown calf binding with brass corners and stud (strap missing) and wooden boards, c.1500.
Provenance Added notes of saints days, including that of Becket (f. 113v) and Bernard (f. 124v), in various hands of c. 1200-early 14th century.
Addition of the complete Mass for the feast of the Crown of Thorns, instituted by the Cistercians in 1292, added in a 14th-century Italian hand as the upper pastedown and flyleaf, upside down (ff. i-ii).
Added text for the feast of Corpus Christi in an Italian 14th-century hand (f. 146v).
Text and melody of the intonation for the Passion in Holy Week added to the lower pastedown in a 17th-century Italian hand (f. iii).
Pencil inscription 'N57 Evangelam' (f. ii).
Bought in 1957 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 Musical notation of the Paschal Prophecy as transitional notation on a staff of one red (Fa) and three dry point lines (ff. 74-78).
Punctus flexus punctuation mark. ae cadautas.
The feast of the Trinity, introduced in 1175, is not included: see British Library printed and on-line catalogue.
f. i is a parchment leaf affixed as the upper pastedown; f ii is a parchment flyleaf; iii is a parchment leaf affixed as the lower pastedown.
Select bibliography British Library Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1956-1965, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 2000), I, no. Eg. 3760.


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