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Detailed record for Egerton 3271

Title Breviary, Brigittine use
Origin Netherlands, N.
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 18 large puzzle initials in red and blue with foliate pen-flourishing in purple and red, with green and yellow wash, developing into full or partial borders, some including foliate decoration in colours (ff. 8, 35, 52v, 68, 69, 85, 105v, 124v, 127, 144v, 216, 218v, 236, 251, 266v, 282, 299v, 318v). 3 large initials in blue, with reserved designs, with red pen-flourishing, some with green and yellow wash (ff. 186v, 207v, 344). Smaller and small initials in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 160 x 105 (95 x 65)
Official foliation ff. 354 (+ 1 paper flyleaf at the beginning)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Blind-tooled brown leather over wooden boards; metalwork clasps.
Provenance ? the Brigittine abbey of Marienwater, Hertogenbosch.
Added obits, 1483: 'Fratrum nostrorum devotissimus Rutgerus presbyter de berlichem [Berlikum, near Hertogenbosch] decessit Anno domini 1483 m cccc lxxxiii ...', and '... Vilhelmus laycus bogart ...' (f. 1).
Dirk Cornelis Van Voorst (b. 1751, d. 1833) and his son Jan Jacob Van Voorst (b. 1791, d. 1869): their sale, 27 January 1860, lot 126 (Catalogue raisonné de la précieuse collection de manuscrits et d'autographes de MM. D.-C. Van Voordt, père et J.-J. Van Voorst, fils, pasteurs évangéliques à Amsterdam [...] vendue le 27 Janvier 1860 et les jours suivants à Amsterdam par le libraire Frederik Muller [...]).
William Bragge (b. 1823, d. 1884), civil engineer, steel manufacturer and collector: his sale, 7 June 1876, lot 491.
Thomas Shadford Walker (b. 1834, d. 1885): his sale, 23 June 1886, lot 345.
William Morris (b. 1834, d. 1896), designer, author, and visionary socialist: probably his shelfmark number 'N. 16', followed by a descriptive note by Sydney Cockerell, made presumably when the manuscript belonged to Morris (inside upper cover, [f. i]); purchased by Bennett in April 1897.
Richard Bennett of Riversdale, Manchester: affixed the booklabel 'From the Library of William Morris Kelmscott House Hammersmith' (inside lower cover, [f. vi]); his sale of the 'Morris' manuscripts, 5 December 1898, lot 815.
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (b. 1853, d. 1936), pharmacist and benefactor, by 1904 (see British Museum Catalogue).
Wellcome Historical Medical Museum: inventory no. 6698 (on the upper cover and f. 1).
Bought by the British Museum in 1943, 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.
Select bibliography Catalogue raisonné de la précieuse collection de manuscrits et d'autographes de MM. D.-C. Van Voordt, père et J.-J. Van Voorst, fils, pasteurs évangéliques à Amsterdam [...] vendue le 27 Janvier 1860 et les jours suivants à Amsterdam par le libraire Frederik Muller [...], (Amsterdam: Frederik Muller, 1859), p. 15, lot 126.

The British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1936-1945, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1970), I, no. Eg. 3271.


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f. 68
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f. 105v
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f. 144v
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f. 299v
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