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Detailed record for Egerton 874

Part 1 ff. 2-67; 70-110v 
Author Caesarius of Arles
Title Commentary on the Apocalypse
Origin France, N. E.
Date 1st half of the 9th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration Large and small simple initials in green, red, or brown. Rubrics in red, brown, or green. Highlighting of letters in red.
Dimensions in mm 190 x 155 (105 x 95)
 
Part 2 ff. 1r-v, 68v-69v 
Title 2 noted Easter hymns, prayers, part of the Office of Augustine of Canterbury: 'Chorus nove Hierusalem' (f. 1) and 'Te lucis auctor' (f. 1v); rhymed Office for Augustine of Canterbury (ff. 67-68v erased, 68v-69); Hymn to Gregory the Great (f. 69v)
Origin England, S. E. (Canterbury)
Date 2nd half of the 11th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration Small initials in brown or red, some with penwork decoration. Drawing of a head in ink, with a red wash, possibly added later (f . 69v).
Dimensions in mm 190 x 155 (100 x 105)
 
Official foliation ff. 111 ( + 1 modern parchment flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather.
Provenance The Benedectine abbey of St Augustine's, Canterbury: its shelf-mark 'D.iii Ga . ii [iii?]' (f. 2); added hymn specific to St Augustine's, praising Gregory, who sent Augustine (of Canterbury) to convert the Anglo-Saxons (ff. 68v-69v); see Ker.
Added flyleaf with a 12th-century fragment of text, with letters highlighted in red (f. 111r-v).
Bought by the British Museum from Henry Bohn, 26 September 1840, using the Farnborough Fund (£3,000 bequeathed in 1838 by Charles Long, Baron Farnborough (b. 1761, d. 1838), a cousin of Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829), founder of the collection.
Notes Musical notation: neumes.
Select bibliography List of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1836-1840 (London: British Museum, 1843), 1840, p. 21.

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Illustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 3.

Wilhelm Köhler, 'Die Karolingischen Miniaturen', in Zweiten Bericht über die Denkmäler Deutscher Kunst (Berlin: Reimer, 1912), pp. 51-77 (p. 62).

C. R. Dodwell, The Canterbury School of Illumination 1066-1200 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1954), p. 123.

Gerald Bonner, 'A Misidentified Manuscript', British Museum Quarterly, 21 (1957) 12-13 [with additional bibliography].

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. 40.

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241 (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and renaissance Studies, 2001), no. 409.

K. D. Hartzell, Catalogue of Manuscripts Written or Owned in England up to 1200 containing Music (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2006), no. 150.


Images

Part  1   ff. 2-67; 70-110v
Caesarius of Arles Commentary on the Apocalypse
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Coloured initial

f. 2
Coloured initial
Coloured initial

f. 7v
Coloured initial

Part  2   ff. 1r-v, 68v-69v
2 noted Easter hymns, prayers, part of the Office of Augustine of Canterbury: 'Chorus nove Hierusalem' (f. 1) and 'Te lucis auctor' (f. 1v); rhymed Office for Augustine of Canterbury (ff. 67-68v erased, 68v-69); Hymn to Gregory the Great (f. 69v)
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Portrait

f. 69v
Portrait

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