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Detailed record for Egerton 2515

Author Hue de Rotelande
Title Ipomedon (ff. 3-70v, begins imperfectly); Prothesilaus (ff. 70v-141); Romance of Lancelot (ff. 142-195, ends imperfectly)
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 14th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Scribe Johan de Dorkingge
Decoration 1 large historiated initial with foliate partial borders, in colours and gold (f. 70v). 1 large puzzle initial in red and blue with pen-flourishing in blue and red (f. 142). Large and small initials in blue with red foliate pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 265 x 175 (235 x 150) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 197 (+ 5 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1968.
Provenance Inscription at the end of the Ipomedon '... Johan de Dorkingge ...' (f. 70v).
Philippa Leman, 18th century: inscribed with her name (f. 1).
Bought by the British Museum from B. Quaritch, 8 Mai 1879, 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 (note on 5th flyleaf).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1876-1881 (London: British Museum, 1882), no. Eg. 2515.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 112.

A. Micha, 'Les Manuscrits du Lancelot en Prose', Romania, 84 (1963), 28-60 (pp. 48-49).

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Historiated initial

f. 70v
Historiated initial

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