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Detailed record for Egerton 2904

Title Prayer book
Origin Netherlands, N.
Date 15th century
Language Dutch
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 2 large decorated foliate initials with three-sided foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 1, 47). 1 large puzzle initial in red and blue with pen-flourishing in red and green wash (f. 132). Smaller initials in red or blue, many with reserved designs, with red foliate pen-flourishing, many with green wash. Small initials in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 145 x 105 (95 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 276 (+ 1 paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Paper codex, except highly decorated leaves: ff. 1, 47 are parchment
Binding Pre-1600. Stamped brown leather over wooden boards.
Provenance Inscribed in red, 15th century: 'Dyt boeck hoert suster Gertrut Vlgers toe' (f. 276).
George Dunn (b. 1865, d. 1912), Woolley Hall: his book-label 'From the library of George Dunn of Woolley Hall near Maidenhead' (inside upper cover); his sale, 14 February 1913, lot 487.
Bought 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.
Select bibliography British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1911-1915, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1925), I, no. Eg. 2904.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 37.


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Decorated initial and border

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Decorated initial and border

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