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Detailed record for Egerton 940

Author Jean le Meung
Title Les sept articles de la foi
Origin France, Central (Bourges)
Date c. 1500
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Master of Spencer 6 (apparently not cited by Avril/Reynaud 1993)
Decoration 8 full-page miniatures, followed by large decorated initials, in colours and gold (ff. 2v, 4, 9, 10, 20, 22, 28v, 34v). Small initials and line-fillers in gold on alternately red or blue grounds.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 185 (175 x 110)
Official foliation ff. 41 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Dark blue straight-grained morocco, 19th century, perhaps c. 1842
Provenance 15th-century inscriptions, erased (f. 41v).
Madame Richard, by 1765 (see below).
M. Biscarel, priest of St-Sulpice, Paris: inscribed 'Ce manuscrit … Il a eté doné, le 24 May 1765, par Madame Richard à M. Biscarel Prêtre de St Sulpice' (f. 1).
Thomas Thorpe, London bookseller: sold anonymously (the identification is in the Department of Manuscripts's copy of the catalogue) at Fletcher's, 21 April 1842, lot 747, bought by Bohn for £13.
Bought by the British Museum from H. Bohn, 28 April 1842, 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 (note on 2nd flyleaf).
Notes The leaves are misbound and the 1843 catalogue describes a blue morocco binding, which suggests that the binding pre-dates the volume's arrival at the British Museum; it may therefore date from shortly before the 1843 sale.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1841-1845 (London: British Museum, 1850), 1842, p. 105.

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II (2), p. 323.

Katja Monier, 'Vision and Devotion in Bourges around 1500: an Illuminator and his World' (unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Edinburgh: , 2014), p. 7, App.1, pp. 71-73.
Last revised: 08 March 2006

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The Trinity

f. 2v
The Trinity
The Baptism of Christ

f. 4
The Baptism of Christ

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