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Detailed record for Egerton 2204

Author Bede
Title In Lucam
Origin England, S. (Reading)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic, written above top line
Decoration 7 large initials in blue, red, and green with intricate penwork decoration at the beginning of books and prefatory material (ff. 2, 7, 42v, 72v, 100v, 127v, 157v). 1 large initial in red with green penwork decoration (f. 2v). 1 large initial in red with green and red penwork decoration (f. 4). Initials in red or green. Coloured letters in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 320 x 200 (225 x 145) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 184 (f. 1 is an original flyleaf)
Collation i-xxii 8 (ff. 2-177); xxiii 8-1, the last leaf excised; probably blank (ff. 178-184)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Contemporary binding: oak boards covered in white leather with a strap-and-pin fastening.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of St Mary, Reading, founded in 1125: included in its catalogue; its ownership inscription, early 13th century 'Hic est liber sancte [effaced] Quem qui celaverit vel fraudem de eo fecerit anathema sit (f. 1v) (see Ker).
Thomas Fytton (T. Fytton, of Siddington (d. 1599))?: inscription 'Thomas ffytton' (f. 2).
Philip Mainwaring of Over Peover (d. 1649): inscription 'pre: 4l 10s Ph: Mainwaringe' (f. 2): presumably passed into his family by the marriage of Margaret Fitton of Gawsworth, niece of Thomas Fitton, to Sir Randle Mainwaring of Over Peover, Philip's grandfather.
Sir Henry Mainwaring (b. 1726, d. 1797), 4th baronet.: his book-plate (inside upper cover).
Joseph Lilly, London bookseller: purchased by the British Museum at the Lilly sale, 27 January 1873, lot 1375 for 14 using the Bridgewater fund (12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Notes The scribe wrote Chicago, Newberry Library 12.1 and part of 12.2, according to unpublished notes of Michael Gullick.
Quire signatures in small Roman numerals. Catchwords.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1853-1875 (London: British Museum, 1877), no. Eg. 2204.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 155.

English Benedictine Libraries: The Shorter Catalogues, ed. by R. Sharpe and others, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 4 (London: British Library, 1996), B71.89.

Alan Coates, English Medieval Books: The Reading Abbey Collections from Foundation to Dispersal (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999), pp. 47, 50-54, 59, 147 (as no. 19).


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f. 7
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f. 42v
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f. 127v
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