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Detailed record for Additional 11849

Title The Four Gospels with St Jerome's prologues and the Eusebian Canon tables
Origin France, Central (Tours)
Date 2nd half of the 9th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration 6 full page framed incipit pages with display capitals and foliate and geometrical decoration in colours and gold with display capitals in gold, some on purple grounds, at the beginnings of the prologues and Gospels (ff. 3v, 26v, 72r, 102v, 149r, 151v). Large initials in colours and gold with foliate, interlace and geometric decoration (ff. 1r, 4r, 5v, 27r, 72v, 103r, 149v, 152r). Decorated canon tables in red, blue and white with gold and silver arches and columns, including lamps, animals and birds (ff. 18r-27v). Small initials and rubrics in red. Added decoration red and blue foliate initials (14v-16v).
Dimensions in mm 225 x 175 (160 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 183 (+ 2 unfoliated modern parchment flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Binding of the Bibliotheca Butleriana: green leather, gold tooling, with coat of arms
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of Saint-Martin de Tours: Tours-style decoration and copied by the same scribe as Paris, BnF, MS lat. 267 from the school of Tours, see Rand, 'Franco-Saxon Ornamentation in a Book of Tours', (1929), 214-15.
?Southern Netherlands: according to Gameson, in 'An itinerant English Master' (2001), p. 119, n. 16.
Samuel Butler (b. 1774, d. 1839), headmaster and Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield: his arms gold tooled on the binding with the inscription 'Bibliotheca Butleriana'; in his sale, 15 July, 1841, lot 355. Bought by the British Museum, one of 300 manuscripts from the Butler library, for £2,200.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Running titles in brown ink.
Select bibliography [E. Maunde Thompson and G. F. Warner], Catalogue of Ancient Manuscripts in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1881-1884), Part II Latin, p. 31.

Samuel Berger, Histoire de la Vulgate (Paris: Georg Olms, 1893), p. 257.

Edward K. Rand, 'Franco-Saxon Ornamentation in a Book of Tours', Speculum, 4:2 (1929), 213-15 (pp. 214-15).

Wilhelm Köhler, 'Die Karolingishen Miniaturen', 3 vols (Berlin: Bruno Cassirer, 1930), I: Die Schule von Tours, pp. 163-66; 418.

Edward Kennard Rand, A Survey of the Manuscripts of Tours, Studies in the Script of Tours, 1, 2 vols (Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mediaeval Academy of America, 1929), I, no. 131.

E. K. Rand, Review of Wilhelm Köhler , 'Die Karolingischen Miniaturen', Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen, 193 (1931), 337-51 (p. 344).

H. H. Glunz, History of the Vulgate in England from Alcuin to Roger Bacon (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1933), no. 11.

Theodor Klauser, Das ro¨mische Capitulare evangeliorum: Texte und Untersuchungen zu seiner a¨ltesten Geschichte, Liturgiegeschichtliche Quellen und Forschungen. 28 (Munster: Aschendorffschen, 1935), p. XLIX.

J. J. G. Alexander, Norman Illumination at Mont St Michel 966-11000 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970), p. 49.

Bonifatius Fischer, Die Lateinischen Evangelien bis zum 10. Jahrhundert, 4 vols (Freiburg: Herder, 1988-1991), I: Varianten zu Matthäus, Vetus Latina die Reste der Altlateinischen Bible: Aus der Geschichte der Lateinischen Bibel, 13, p. 23*.

Richard Gameson, 'The Oldest Medieval Manuscript in New Zealand', in Migrations: Medieval Manuscripts in New Zealand, ed. by Stephanie Hollis and Alexandra Barratt (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), pp. 147-64.

Richard Gameson, 'An Itinerant English master around the Millenium' in England and the Continent in the Tenth Century: Studies in Honour of Wilhelm Levison (1876-1947) ed. by D. Rollason, C. Leyser and H. Williams (Turnhout: Brepols, '2010', recte 2011), pp. 87-134 (p. 99, n. 16).


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Illuminated initial

f. 1r
Illuminated initial
Framed incipit

f. 3v
Framed incipit
Text page

f. 13
Text page
 
Canon tables

f. 19v
Canon tables
Framed incipit page

f. 72
Framed incipit page
Zoomorphic initial

f. 72v
Zoomorphic initial
 

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