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Detailed record for Additional 10301

Part 1 ff. 6-175 
Title South English Legendary (Legends of the saints in verse, listed according to their feast days), imperfect, ending with St Michael's day
Origin England
Date 4th quarter of the 14th century
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Pen-flourished initials in blue with foliate decoration.
Dimensions in mm 265 x 185 (200 x 130)
Part 2 upper outside cover 
Title Ivory panel
Origin England
Date 14th century
Decoration Ivory panel of the Crucifixion with Mary and John the Evangelist, with a dragon in the lower border, and two rosettes in the spandrels.
Dimensions in mm 125 x 45
Official foliation ff.175 (f. 1 is a parchment pastedown on the inside cover, f. 2 is a newspaper cutting, ff. 3-4 are small paper leaves attached after f. 2; f. 5 is a parchment flyleaf + 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf after f. 5 + 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf + 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the end).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. 16th-century binding by John Reynes in brown leather, with an inset ivory panel in the centre of the upper cover, probably belonging to the original binding.
Provenance The original manuscript was separated into three parts before c. 1530, when the present part was rebound.
John Reynes, bookbinder (active c. 1530): an inscription in a late nineteenth-century hand: 'This book was bound by John Reynes in the reign of Henry VIII. He probably rebound it, preserving the sculputure in ivory on the original cover. The book was added afterwards' (f. 1).
Richard Gough (b. 1735, d. 1809), antiquary; inscription in an eighteenth-century hand: 'R. Gough ex-libris 1785' (f. 1); his sale, April 5, 1810, lot 4298, bought by Heber.
Richard Heber (b.1774, d. 1833), English book collector: a letter dated on 17 March 1817, from Francis Douce to thank Heber for lending him the manuscript, (f. 3)]; a newspaper cutting with' Heber's historical List of Horse Matches' (f. 2); his sale, February 1836, lot 1014; purchased by the British Museum.
Notes Two other parts of the original manuscript are now:
Additional 10626: 8 folios containing the entries for St Oswald, St Athelwold and St Egwine;
Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Additional C. 220: 32 folios containing an appendix with additional saints, part of a temporale and the 'Speculum of Guy of Warwick'.
The text is very close to Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 145 (Görlach, The Textual Tradition (1974), p. 96).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum 1836-1840 (London: British Museum, 1843), p. 28.

A description of the ivories ancient and mediaeval in the South Kensington Museum (London: Chapman and Hall, 1872), pp. 150-61,

Catalgue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum 1825-1906 ed. by Henry L. Douglas (London: British Museum, 1893), pp. 481, 553, 737.

Ormonde M. Dalton, Catalogue of the Ivory Carvings of the Christian Era in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1909), p. 97, n. 244.

Carleton Brown, A register of Middle English religious & didactic verse, Part 1: List of Manuscripts (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1916), pp. 388-91.

Manfred Görlach, The Textual Tradition of the South English Legendary Leeds Texts and Monographs, New Series 6 (Leeds: University of Leeds, 1974), pp. 95-97.

The South English Legendary, Early English Text Society, 3 vols, 235, 236 and 244, ed. by Charlotte D'Evelyn and Anna Jean Mill (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1956), I [an edition of the text].

A Linguistic Atlas of Late Medieval English: County Dictionary, 4 vols, ed. by Angus McIntosh, Michael L. Samuels, Michael Benskin (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1986), p.100.

Middle English saints' legends ed. by John Scahill with the assistance of Margaret Rogerson (Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, 2005), pp. 5, 111.

The Texts and Contexts of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108: the shaping of English vernacular narrative, ed. by Kimberly K. Bell and Julie Nelson Couch (Leiden: Brill, 2011), p. 301 (n.8).


Part  2   upper outside cover
Ivory panel
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Ivory panel of the Crucifixion

front binding
Ivory panel of the Crucifixion

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