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Detailed record for Egerton 2977

Title Antiphoner , Winter season
Origin Italy, N. (Piacenza)
Date 1295
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 very large initial in colours with a 2-sided border (f. 1v). Zoomorphic initial with an animal and a partial animated border (f. 110). Large initials in colours, with foliate decoration, sometimes forming a partial border and with an animal head or birds, a fish or a hybrid (e.g., ff. 7v, 33v, 77, 81v, 116, 144v, 159v, 166, 185, 204v). Large initials in blue with red or brown penwork decoration or pen-flourishing, or in red with blue penwork decoration or pen-flourishing. Initials in brown with penwork decoration. Highlighting of letters in red or yellow. Small initials in red. Heading on bands of pink and green (f. 1). Decorated catchwords in brown and sometimes yellow or red. 1 initial in green (f. 82v).
Dimensions in mm 420 x 295 (310 x 205)
Official foliation ff. ii + 273 ( + an unfoliated leaf at the end)
Collation i 8 (ff. 1-8), ii-xxiii 10 (ff. 9-238), xxiv 9 (10-1, the 9th leaf cancelled) (ff. 239-247), xxv 10 (ff. 248-257), xxvi 9 (10-1, the third leaf cancelled) (ff. 258-266), xxvii 7 (probably 10-3, the first, 9th and 10th leaves cancelled) (ff. 267-273).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Brown leather over oak boards.
Provenance The Cistercian abbey of St Mary, Columba, Piacenza, written in 1295: colophon 'Gratia sit Christo qui fecit, non michi Petro / Qui librum scripsi dictus longiusque notavi, Urbe Placentina natus de nomine digna, Columbe monachus Ihesu pronomine notus. Sunt bis sexcenti nonaginta quinque set anni' (f. 273v).
William Morris (b. 1834, d. 1896), designer, author, and visionary socialist: the number in pencil of the inventory of his manuscripts drawn up by F. S.Ellis in the upper left hand corner of the inside upper cover '3'; purchased by Bennett in April 1897.
Richard Bennett of Riversdale, Manchester: added the booklabel 'From the Library of William Morris Kelmscott House Hammersmith' (f. i); his sale of the 'Morris' manuscripts, 5 December 1898, lot 124.
George Dunn (b. 1865, d. 1912) of Woolley Hall, near Maidenhead: his book-plate (f. ii); his note with price code and inscription 'GD. Jan. 1899' (f. iii); his sale, 1917, lot 1801, purchased by the British Museum using the Farnborough Fund (3,000 bequeathed in 1838 by Charles Long, Baron Farnborough (b. 1761, d. 1838), a cousin of Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829), founder of the collection.
Notes ff. i and ii are book-plates affixed to the inside upper cover; f. iii is a paper flyleaf.
Musical notation on 4-line red staves.
Select bibliography British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1916-1920 (London: British Museum, 1933), no. Eg. 2977.

[C. H. Talbot], 'Cistercian Manuscripts in England', Collectanea Ordinis Cisterciensium Reformatorum, 14 (1952), 208-12, 264-77 (pp. 266, 273).

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. 618.

Johannis Wylde Musica manualis cum tonale, ed. by Cecily Sweeney, Corpus Scriptorum de Musica, 28 (Neuhausen: American Institute of Musicology, 1982), pp. 16-24 as 'L'; pls II-III.

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f. 1v

f. 110

f. 159v

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