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Detailed record for Egerton 3036

Title Missal (the 'Missal of Fontebuono')
Origin Italy, Central (probably Lucca or Fontebuono)
Date between 1228 and 1240, c. 1240
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written above top line
Artists 'Marcus pictor', identified perhaps Marco di Berlinghiero
Decoration 1 historiated initial in colours and gold on a blue ground (f. 18v). Large initials in gold, mainly on blue grounds with red penwork decoration, and foliate decoration in colours. Large initials in red or rarely brown, many with penwork decoration. Highlighting of letters in red. Large added outline drawing (f. 157v).
Dimensions in mm 370 x 245 (220 x 145)
Official foliation ff. i + 423 (+ an unfoliated modern paper flyleaf at the beginning and a parchment pastedown at the end)
Collation i-xix 8 (ff. 1-152); xx 5 (probably 8-3, the sixth, seventh and eighth leaves excised; ff. 153-158) (f. 158 is a stub); xxi-lii 8 (ff. 157-414).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Brown leather with tooling over wooden boards, with bosses, mostly modern.
Provenance A mass for Francis is included, providing a terminus post quem of 1228.
Probably the monastery of Fonte Buono, in the diocese of Arezzo, the parent house of the cenobitical branch of the Camaldolese Order: added inscription dated 1240 (ff. 416v-417) (edited in Garrison 1957-58 III p. 68); erased 17th-century inscription 'Sacre heremie (?) Camaldulensis' (f. 1): see British Museum catalogue.
Pastedown, now lifted, from a contemporary missal (f. i).
Added 13th-century tables, calendar, and index (ff. 415-423v), including a re-inserted original folio (f. 417).
Former shelf-marks (?) 'Q / V-4'; 'W 199' (crossed out) (f. 1).
Acquired in 1925 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 The Sanctuale is foliated in medieval red ink 'i'-'cci' (ff. 203-412).
Musical notation on a two-line stave.
Quire signatures in small Roman numerals.
Select bibliography British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1921-1925 (London: British Museum, 1950), no. Eg. 3036 (with detailed description).

E. B. Garrison, Studies in the History of Mediaeval Italian Painting, 3 vols (Florence: L’impronta, 1953-58), II (1955-1956), 148; III (1957-1958), 68-71, 81, figs 83-85 [with additional bibliography]

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), no. 621.

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The Nativity

f. 18v
The Nativity
Decorated initials

f. 136v
Decorated initials
The Annunciation

f. 157v
The Annunciation

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