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Detailed record for Royal 6 C I

Author Isidore
Title Etymologiae
Origin England
Date Last quarter of the 11th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Scribe Written probably by three scribes
Decoration Initials in red, green, purple, or yellow, some with arabesque decoration (ff. 35v, 103). Coloured diagrams (ff. 30, 78v, 108v). Symbols and figures explained in the text highlighted in green (ff. 9-9v, 25v-26v).
Dimensions in mm 320 x 235 (255 x 190)
Official foliation ff. 162 ( + 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end, and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the end; f. 1 is a medieval parchment flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1985.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of St Augustine, Canterbury: shelfmark 'DI. V Ga. IIII', altered by erasure and addition from 'D. VI. G. III', with a title 'Ysidorus ethimologiarum. Cum A', and an ownership inscription 'Liber S[an]c[t]i Aug[us]tini Cant', 14th century (f. 1); included in the catalogue of the library of St. Augustine's abbey of between 1375-1420 transcribed in 1475-1497, no. 427.
Old Royal Library: red seal of a ship, 17th century (f. 1); included in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James's Palace (see [Edward Bernard], Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), no. 8603).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Preceded by letters between Isidore and Braulio, bishop of Saragossa (ff. 2-3v).
Select bibliography M. R. James, The Ancient Libraries of Canterbury and Dover (Cambridge, University Press, 1903), p. 517.

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), I, p. 143.

Augustus Hughes-Hughes, Catalogue of Manuscript Music in the British Museum. By Augustus Hughes-Hughes, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1965, a facsimile of the edition of 1906-09), III, p. 297.

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. 44.

Margaret Gibson, 'Lanfranc's Notes on Patristic Texts', Journal of Theological Studies, New Series, 22 (1971) 435-50 (p. 442).

Anne Lawrence, ‘Manuscripts of Early Anglo-Norman Canterbury’, in Medieval Art and Architecture at Canterbury before 1220, ed. by Nicola Coldstream and Peter Draper, British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, 5, 1979 (Maney and Son, Leeds, 1982), pp. 101-11 (p. 102).

Richard Gameson, 'English Manuscript Art in the Late Eleventh Century: Canterbury and its Context', in Canterbury and the Norman Conquest: Churches, Saints and Scholars 1066-1109, ed. by Richard Wales and Richard Sharpe (London, Hambledon Press, 1995), pp. 95-144 (pp. 102, n. 28, 144).

P. D. A. Harvey, Mappa Mundi: The Hereford World Map (London: British Library, 1996), pl. on p. 21.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), p. xxxvi, n. 48.

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100 (Tempe: Arizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001), no. 469.

Richard Gameson, 'La Normandie et l'Angleterre au Xie siècle: Le temoignage des manuscrits', in La Normandie et l'Angleterre au Moyen A^ge, Colloque de Cerisy-la-Salle, 4-7 octobre 2001, ed by. Pierre Bouet and Véronique Gazeau (Caen: CRAHM, 2003), pp. 129-59 (p. 148 n. 78).

L'Edition Critique des Oeuvres D'Isidore de Seville: Les Recensions Multiples ed. by A Andres Sanz, J. Elfassi et J.C. Martin (Paris: Institut d'Etudes Augustiniennes, 2008) pp. 195-230.

St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury, ed. by B. C. Barker-Benfield, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 13, 3 vols (London: British Library, 2008), BA I.427, pp. cii, n. 104, 528.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 88 [exhibition catalogue].


Images
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Inscription

f. 1
Inscription
Symbols

f. 9v
Symbols
Figures

f. 26v
Figures
 
Figures

f. 26v
Figures
Text page

f. 29v
Text page
Diagram and forms of the moon

f. 30
Diagram and forms of the moon
 
Text page

f. 55v
Text page
Diagram

f. 78v
Diagram
Text page

f. 79
Text page
 
Map

f. 108v
Map
Map

f. 108v
Map

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