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Detailed record for Egerton 2834

Author Jean de Meun; John Peckham?
Title Testament (ff. 1-33); Rossignol (ff. 34-38v)
Origin France, N.
Date 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 4 large puzzle initials in red and blue with pen-flourishing in blue and red (ff. 1, 32, 33, 34). Small initials in red with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 190 (180 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 38 (+ 4 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Jean le Feron of Charleville, 16th century, priest at Compiègne: inscribed 'Ex libris Jo. Feronei Carolopolitani sac. Compendiensis' (f. 32, cf. f. 38v).
Jean-Baptiste Joseph Barrois (b. 1784, d. 1855), French deputy and book collector (on whom see Hugh Collingham, 'Joseph Barrois: Portrait of a Bibliophile XXVI', Book Collector 33 (1984), 431-48).
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham: acquired with the other Barrois manuscripts in 1849.
Bertram Ashburnham, 5th earl of Ashburnham: the Ashburnham-Barrois sale, 10-14 June 1901, lot 398 (inscribed '398' in blue pencil, as usual, in the lower left corner of the 1st flyleaf verso).
Bought by the British Museum (note on 2nd flyleaf), using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1900-1905 (London: British Museum, 1907), no. Eg. 2834.

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Puzzle initial

f. 33
Puzzle initial

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