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Detailed record for Egerton 1068

Title Book of Hours, Use of Angers
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date c. 1500
Language Latin and some French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Style of the Master of Jacques de Besançon (ff. 14, 31, 33v, 77-91, 101), and Master of the Chronique scandaleuse (ff. 28, 36, 38v, 41, 44, 105).
Decoration 10 full-page miniatures accompanied by large decorated initials and full foliate borders with grotesque figures and animals, in colours, gold, and silver (ff. 14, 28, 31, 33v, 36, 38v, 41, 44, 101, 105). 20 small miniatures, in colours and gold (ff. 77, 78, 80, 83, 83v (x2), 84, 84v, 85, 86 (x2), 87, 87v, 88v, 89, 89v (x2), 90, 90v, 91). Smaller decorated initials in colours, gold, and silver. Small initials alternating in gold or silver on red or blue grounds. Line-fillers decorated in gold on red grounds, silver on blue grounds, or brown branches of wood.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 145 (120 x 70) litany partly in two columns, ff. 53v-54v
Official foliation ff. 136 (+ 1 unfoliated original leaf after f. 13; + 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 original unfoliated and 3 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Green velvet; gauffered and gilt edges.
Provenance Unidentified owner, Angers?, c. 1500: arms argent, three bars sable, over all a lion rampant gules (ff. 14, 21, 27, 41,44v, 56 [obliterated], 82v, 101); the Verjuys family of Brussels bore these arms.
Unidentified owner, 19th century: an inscription in pencil signed 'G' suggests that the artist is superior to 'Albert [sic] Durer'.
Bought by the British Museum from Payne and Foss, 14 May 1844 (note on f. 1), using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Notes The calendar includes seveal Angers feasts in red, such as Maurilius and his translations etc. (15 Jan., 16 Aug., 13 Sept., 19 Sept., 2 Dec.), Licinius (13 Feb.), Renatus and his translation (18 Apr., 12 Nov.), Benedict (15 July), Serenedus (21 July), Lupus (17 Oct.), Apothemius (20 Nov.). Ebrulphus and his octave are also in red (29 Dec., 5 Jan.). The litany includes Satir, Renatus, Serenedus, Licinius, Magnabode, Berthlaria.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1841-1845 (London: British Museum, 1850), Egerton no. 1068.
Last revised: 10 March 2006


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Nativity

f. 28
Nativity
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f. 28
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Annunciation to the Shepherds

f. 31
Annunciation to the Shepherds
 
Detail

f. 31
Detail
Coronation of the Virgin

f. 41
Coronation of the Virgin
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f. 41
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