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Detailed record for Egerton 1995

Title Miscellany of prose and verse, including Gregory's Chronicle, a dietary (ff. 66-77); John Page's poem The Siege of Rouen; a chronicle of London breaking off in 1470; the Seven Sages of Rome (ff. 3-54v)
Origin England, S.
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Scribe Probably a professional scribe: see Meal 2009
Decoration Large initials in red. Paraphs in red.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 195 (185 x 110)
Official foliation ff. 223 ( + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Dark red diced leather; marbled endpapers.
Provenance Inscription 'Thomas Coose Noyttin (?), 16th century (f. 78).
Lord Charlemont: his sale, 1865, lot 230, 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 This is Page's original (see Matteson p. 144).
Marginal added musical notation (ff. 29v, 32v).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1853-1875 (London: British Museum, 1877), no. Eg. 1995 (with detailed description).

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. 218-24.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 106.

H. S. Bennett, 'Science and Information in English Writings of the Fifteenth Century', Modern Language Review, 39 (1944), 1-8 (p. 2).

W. L. Braekman, Studies on Alchemy, Diet, Medecine [sic] and Prognostication in Middle English, Scripta, Mediaeval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 22 (Brussels: Scripta, 1986), p. 51 n. 2.

Antonia Gransden, Historical Writing in England, 2 vols (London: Routledge & Kegan, 1974; Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1982), II, c. 1307 to the Early Sixteenth Century, II, 229 [with additional bibliography].

G. A. Lester, Sir John Paston's 'Grete Boke' : A Descriptive Catalogue, with an Introduction, of British Library MS Lansdowne 285 (Cambridge: Brewer, 1984), p. 23.

Edward Donald Kennedy, XII: Chronicles and Other Historical Writing, A Manual of the Writings in Middle English 1050-1500, ed. by Albert E. Hartung, 8 (New Haven: Archon Books, 1989), p. 2845.

Mary-Rose McLaren, 'The Textual Transmission of the London Chronicles', English Manuscripts Studies, 3 (1992), 39-72.

Lister M. Matheson, The Prose Brut: The Development of a Middle English Chronicle, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 180 (Tempe, Arizona: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1998), pp. 134 n. 1; 144; 145 n. 7.

David Reed Parker, The Commonplace Book of Tudor London: An Examination of BL MSS Egerton 1995, Harley 2252, Lansdowne 762, and Oxford Balliol College MS 354 (Oxford: University Press, 1998).

Mary-Rose McLaren, The London Chronicles of the Fifteenth Century, A Revolution in English Writing (Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2002), pp. 29-33, 104-5, 135-36,

Carol M. Meale, 'London, British Library, Harley MS 2252, John Colynbs' 'Boke': Structure and Content', in Tudor Manuscripts 1485-1603, ed. by A. S. G. Edwards, English Manuscript Studies, 15 (London: British Library, 2009), pp. 65-122 (p. 89).


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