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Detailed record for Royal 17 C XVII

Part 1 ff. 2,3,163-166 
Title Part of a lectionary
Origin England, N.
Date 10th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration Initials in red (oxidised)
Dimensions in mm 210 x 140 (200 x 120)
Part 2 ff. 4-162 
Title Miscellany of grammatical, poetic and medical texts, saints lives and legends
Origin England, N
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language English and Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Initials highlighted in red.
Dimensions in mm 210 x 140 (180 x 120) parts in two columns
Official foliation ff. 166 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end. ff. 2, 3, 163-166 are medieval parchment flyleaves)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather with gold tooling, the arms of George II and the date of 1757.
Provenance Samuell Compton and Ch. Kirten: inscribed with their names (f. 1) in a sixteenth-century hand.
John Theyer (bap. 1598, d. 1673), antiquary, included in the catalogue of his library left to his grandson Charles Theyer (b. 1651): see [Edward Bernard], Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae, 3 vols. (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), II, no. 6637.
Robert Scott (b. c. 1632, d. 1709/10), London bookseller: included in the catalogue of John Theyer’s manuscripts in his possession, appraised in 1678 by William Beveridge and William Jane, Royal Appendix, 70, no. 202.
Charles II (b. 1630, d.1685), king of England, Scotland, and Ireland: purchased from Scott together with other 311 manuscripts from Theyer's library.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes The flyleaves are part of a Latin lectionary in 10th-century English caroline minuscule (ff. 2, 3, 163-166).
The contents include Latin word lists with English equivalents (ff. 4-66).
Select bibliography 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), II, pp. 243-45.

Three Middle English Religious Poems, Edited with an Introduction and Commentary' ed. by R.H. Bowers, University of Florida Monographs: Humanities, 12 (Florida: University of Florida Press, 1963), pp. 1, 19-32 [for an edition of the poem on ff. 152-155 in this manuscript].

G. L. Bursill-Hall, A Census of Medieval Latin Grammatical Manuscripts, Grammatica Speculativa: Sprachtheorie und Logik des Mittelalters, 4 (Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog, 1981), p. 120 no.174.

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241 (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001) no. 498.

Michael Gullick, 'Fragments of some Anglo-Saxon service books in Norway and Sweden', in Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Cultures and Connections, ed. by Claire Breay and Joanna Story with Eleanor Jackson (Dublin: Four Courts, 2021), pp. 188-200 (pp. 199 n. 46).


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