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Detailed record for Egerton 3307

Title Music and carols for Holy Week (begins and ends imperfectly)
Origin England
Date between 1430 and 1444
Language Latin, French, and English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 2 large historiated initials, the first with partial foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 72v, 73). 2 large decorated foliate initials, the second with foliate extensions into the margins, in colours and gold (ff. 37v, 49). 2 large puzzle initials in red and blue with foliate pen-flourishing in blue and red, with scrolls in the bowl or in the margins (ff. 15, 20). Large and smaller initials in red with green foliate pen-flourishing or in blue with red foliate pen-flourishing or in green with red foliate pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 295 x 210 (200 x 140)
Official foliation ff. 88 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance ? St George's Chapel, Windsor (see Schofield 1946) or Meaux Abbey, Yorkshire (see Bukofzer 1951).
Scrolls which accompany the puzzle initials, bearing the motto 'De cy en mieulx' (ff. 14v and 15 [erased], 20).
? Jean Joseph Jacques Tissot (d. 1902): his former green cardboard binding, now laid down inside the covers, with a roundel containing a cluster of grapes with a band to the right-hand edge (inside upper cover), and a monogram 'JTJ' (inside lower cover).
Bernard Wilson, Esq., of Hampstead, London (see British Museum catalogue).
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 Musical notation.
Select bibliography Bertram Schofield, 'A Newly Discovered 15th-century Manuscript of the English Chapel Royal - Part 1', The Musical Quarterly, 32 (1946), 509-36.

Bertram Schofield and Manfred F. Bukofzer, 'A Newly Discovered Fifteenth-Century Manuscript of the English Chapel Royal - Part 2', The Musical Quarterly, 33 (1947), 38-51

Manfred F. Bukofzer, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music (London: Dent & Sons, 1951), pp. 113-75.

'Manuscripts Acquired During the Years 1941-50', The British Museum Quarterly, 15 (1952), 18-35 (pp. 33-34).

Richard L. Greene, 'Two Medieval Musical Manuscripts: Egerton 3307 and Some University of Chicago Fragments', Journal of the American Musicological Society, 7 (Spring, 1954), 1-34.

The British Museum Manuscript Egerton 3307: The music, except for the carols, ed. and transcribed, and with a commentary by Gwynn S. McPeek, texts edited and transcribed by Robert White Linker (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1963).

The British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1936-1945, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1970), I, no. Eg. 3307.

Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490, Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 6, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1996), I, p. 70 n. 17.

Nicholas Bell, Music in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2001), pp. 36-38, 59.

Philip Howard, The British Library: A Treasure House of Knowledge (London: Scala Publishers, 2008), no. 83.


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