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Detailed record for Egerton 615

Author Guillaume de Deguileville
Title The Pilgrimage of the Soul, translated from the French of Guillaume de Deguileville
Origin England, E.
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 15th century (after 1413)
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 23 small miniatures with full foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 4v, 15v, 25v, 28v, 31, 33, 34, 37, 38, 40, 42v, 43v, 46v, 49, 50v, 53v, 56, 63, 68, 69v, 75, 86, 87v). 1 large decorated foliate initial with a full foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 1). Smaller initials in gold on red and blue grounds with foliate extensions into the margins. Small initials in gold with blue foliate pen-flourishing or in blue with red foliate pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 255 x 180 (170 x 115)
Official foliation ff. 106 (+ 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 unfoliated original and 3 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Colophon '... Translated olbt of frensch in to englysch the yeer of oure lord M CCCC XIIImo ...' (f. 106).
Thomas Rodd the younger (b. 1796, d. 1849), London bookseller (see below).
Bought by the British Museum from Rodd in January 1836 (note on 3rd flyleaf), using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Select bibliography List of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1836-1840 (London: British Museum, 1843), Eg. no. 615.

H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), II (1893), pp. 580-84.

A. Jeanroy, Bibliographie sommaire des chansonniers français du moyen age, Les Classiques français du moyen age, 18 (Paris: Champion, 1918), p. 23.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 105.

C. H. Talbot, ‘A List of Cistercian Manuscripts in Great Britain’, Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval History, Thought and Religion, 8 (1952), 402-18 (p. 417).

Kathleen L. Scott, ‘Design, Decoration and Illustration’, in Book Production and Publishing in Britain 1375-1475 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), pp. 31-64 (p. 59 n. 51).

Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490, Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 6, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1996), II, pp. 218, 219, 220, 221, fig. 17.

Maidie Hilmo, Medieval Images, Icons, and iIlustrated English Literary Texts: from the Ruthwell Cross to the Ellesmere Chaucer (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004), p. 162 n. 10.

The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts at the New York Public Library, ed. by Jonathan J. G. Alexander, James H. Marrow, and Lucy Freeman Sandler (London: Harvey Miller, 2005), p. 403 [exhibition catalogue].


Images
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Angels

f. 31
Angels
Devil

f. 34
Devil
Devils

f. 46v
Devils
 
Crucifixion

f. 63
Crucifixion

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