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Detailed record for Egerton 1782

Title Miscellany, including more than sixty tales, hymns, poems and other literature
Origin Ireland
Date between 1516 and 1518
Language Irish
Decoration 1 large interlace initial in brown with animal heads (f. 88). Initials in brown, some with highlighting or penwork decoration in red and/or green, or with penwork decoration. Small initials in red and/or green with penwork decoration (ff. 17-35). Line-fillers and decoration in brown ink (f. 46).
Dimensions in mm 230 x 150 (205 x 145) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 125 ( + unfoliated paper and parchment leaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Dark green diced leather with gold tooling.
Provenance Written in 1517-1518 by scribes of the O'Mulconry family: contains an obituary and eulogy of Art buidhe Mac Murchadha Caomhanach (d. 1517) (ff. 3-4), suggesting that the scribes were still writing it for him when he died (see Flower 1926).
The O'Byrne family of county Wicklow, in the 17th century: added obits of that family (see Flower 1926).
Inscription 'Bernard Caomhanach 1716' (f. 76).
William Monck Mason: the Monck Mason sale, 31 March 1858, bought by the British Museum, 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 1853-1875 (London: British Museum, 1877), no. Eg.1782.

Standish Hayes O'Grady and Robin Flower, Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1926-1953), II, Robin Flower (1926), pp. 259-60.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 68.

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. 602.

Martin McNamara, The Bible and the Apocrypha in the Early Irish Church (A.D. 600-1200), Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, Research on the Inheritance of the Early and Medieval Christianity, 66 (Turnhout, Brepols, 2015), p. 67.


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