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Detailed record for Egerton 737

Author Nicolas Oresme (translator)
Title Les Ethiques d'Aristote
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date c. 1460 - c. 1480
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists The Bruges Master of 1482
Decoration 1 large miniature, in colours and gold, accompanied by a large initial in gold on a red and blue ground (f. 1). 2 large puzzle initials in red and blue (ff. 31, 51). 7 large initials in plain blue (ff. 88, 119, 158, 183, 219, 249, 282). Small initials in plain red.
Dimensions in mm 365 x 265 (255 x 185) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 313 (+ 1 paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Paper codex, f. 1 parchment
Binding Pre-1600. Blind-tooled brown leather over wooden boards; clasps; blue edges; rebacked.
Provenance Inscription: 'Ex libris Joannis Jocquet Philosophia et Medicine Doctoris 1621' (f. 2*. cf. 2* verso).
Adam Clarke (b. 1762, d. 1832), Wesleyan Methodist minister and scholar: inscribed 'N.o XXXI. of Dr. Adam Clarke's collection of Mss.' (f. 2*) (see
Barnes & Son: its catalogue 1836 (cutting pasted to f. 2*).
Bought by the British Museum from the Rev. B. Nightingale, 14 March 1839 (note on f. 2*), using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Notes After his death, Adam Clarke's library passed to his son, Rev. J. B. B. Clarke. He auctioned the printed books at Evans's on 18 February, 1833, and published a detailed catalogue of the manuscripts in 1835. According to Frederic Madden's annotations in the Department of Manuscripts copies of the catalogues, the manuscripts were bought by the booksellers Baynes & Straker (or Baynes & Son), who first issued a catalogue with fixed prices in 1836, and then offered them for sale by auction at Sotheby’s on 20 June, 1836. Almost all the lots were bought in, and re-offered at Sotheby’s on 21 May, 1838, but the auction was stopped at lot 5 'in consequence of no bidders appearing'. A selection of manuscripts was then purchased privately by the British Museum for £126 19s. 6d. (Egerton MSS 628-709), and a further 17 lots were purchased subsequently for £2 9s. 6d. (Egerton MSS 710-730).
Select bibliography List of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1836-1840 (London: British Museum, 1843), no. Eg. 737.

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f. 1
Puzzle initial

f. 31
Puzzle initial

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