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Detailed record for Egerton 1896

Title Old Testament (volume 2), from Psalms
Origin Germany, S. (Regensburg)
Date 1465
Language German
Script Gothic cursive
Scribe George Rorer
Artists Berthold Furtmeyr
Decoration Full-page foliate border in blue, pink, green, yellow, purple, and gold (f. 1). 23 large historiated initials in colours and gold and sometimes silver, with foliate decoration forming a partial border at the beginning of books (ff. 1, 41, 53v, 58, 60, 69, 93v, 123v, 160v, 164v, 194v, 206v, 211, 212v, 216, 216v, 218, 220v, 221v, 223, 224, 225, 230). Large initials in red with brown and sometimes blue penwork decoration, or in blue with red and sometimes blue penwork decoration, many with faces. Small initials in red or blue. Rubrics in red. Highlighting of letters in red. Cadels.
Dimensions in mm 370 x 280 (265 x 190) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 255 (+ 1 unfoliated paper and 1 unfoliated parchment leaf at the beginning and 1 unfoliated parchment leaf and 1 paper flyleaf at the end)
Collation i-xxii 10 (ff. [ii]-229), xxiv 8 (ff. 230-237), xxv 10 (ff. 238-247), xvi 10-1, the last leaf cancelled (ff. 248-[256])
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. c. 1500? blind-tooled white pigskin over wooden boards; metal clasps; eddges gauffered and gilt.
Provenance Written by George Rorer of Regensburg in 1465: with the colophon 'Explicit vetus Testamentum per Georgium Rorer de Ratispona [Regensburg] Sub anno domini Millesimmo Quadringentesimo sexagesimoquinto Sabbato post Margarethe etc.' (f. 255v).
Bought at Christie's 23 March, 1860, lot 1287, by the British Museum, 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 The first volume is Egerton 1895.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1853-1875 (London: British Museum, 1877), no. Eg. 1896.

Deutsche Handschriften in England, ed. by Robert Priebsch, 2 vols in 1 vol (Hildesheim: Olms, 1979, first publ. Erlangen: Junge, 1896-1901), II: Das British Museum mit einem Anhang über die Guildhall-Bibliothek, no. 96.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 604, II, pl. 678.

Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, Bible Manuscripts: 1400 Years of Scribes and Scripture (London: British Library, 2007), p. 149, fig. 135.

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f. 194v

f. 216v

f. 218

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