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Detailed record for Egerton 857

Title Gradual (the Temporale and Sanctorale combined)
Origin France, N. (Noyon)
Date 11th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Large initial in colours with a dragon and foliage (f. 1). Large initial in red with green penwork decoration (f. 33). Large initials in red, green, or brown. Small initials in red or brown. Highlighting of letters in red or green. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 250 x 165 (195 x 125)
Official foliation ff. 58 ( + 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather; rebacked; marbled endpapers.
Provenance A church in the area of Noyon: an alleluia for St Eloi (f. 56v).
Clipping from an action catalogue cdescribing the manuscript (inside upper cover).
Bought from Henry Bohn on 26 September 1840 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).
Notes Musical notation: neumes.
Select bibliography List of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1836-1840 (London: British Museum, 1843), 1840, p. 20.

Wilhelm Köhler, 'Die Karolingischen Miniaturen', in Zweiten Bericht über die Denkmäler Deutscher Kunst (Berlin: Reimer, 1912), pp. 51-77 (p. 62).

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 63.

Le graduel romain: édition critique par les moines de Solesmes, 2 vols (Solesmes: Abbaye Saint-Pierre, 1957), II: Les sources, p. 64.

D. H. Turner, 'The Crowland Gradual: An English Benedictine Manuscript', Ephemerides Liturgicae, 74 (1960), 168-74 (pp. 172-73).

D. Heily, Western Plainchant: A Handbook (Oxford: University Press, 1993), pp. 410-11.


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