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Detailed record for Egerton 3088

Author Bede and others
Title Treatises on the Compotus; Of Natural Things, chronicles of Robert Losinga, Bishop of Hereford, and of Hugh of St Victor; and annals of Dore Abbey
Origin England, S. W. (Dore?)
Date c. 1244
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written below top line
Decoration 1 large miniature in brown ink and red, green and blue (f. 16v). 10 large marginal or interlinear drawings in brown ink with red, green, blue and some yellow (ff. 17v, 19, 20, 21v, 22, 23v, 25, 83v, 84v, 85). 3 large architectural frames with foliate ornament in red, blue and green (ff. 114v-115v). Large puzzle initials in red and blue with red and blue penwork decoration and pen-flourishing. Small initials in red with blue pen-flourishing, and in blue with red and/or blue pen-flourishing. Small initials in red or blue. Marginal chapter numbers in red and blue. Possibly unfinished marginal diagram in red, brown and blue (f. 72). Small plummet sketch of the Crucifixion between the columns (f. 22). Marginal drawing of a small vessel (? a medical urinal) in brown ink (f. 115).
Dimensions in mm 320 x 240 (200 x 135) in two columns
Official foliation ff. iv + 134 (f. i is a paste-down on the inside upper cover; + an unfoliated modern leaf after f. ii and 2 at the end; ff. iii-iv are Rodd's notes, annotated in pencil by Phillipps)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Early 19th century, dark blue morocco, gilt-tooled; gilt edges
Provenance Datable to c. 1244: the original scribe includes events down to 1243 (f. 133v); probably written at the Cistercian abbey of St Mary, Dore: mention of the abbey as 'hec domus' and 'ista domus' (f. 134); its foundation mentioned in the hand of the original scribe (f. 132); mentioned in an obliterated 16th-century note (f. 116v) (see Watson).
John Blaxton, 1578: inscription 'Sum gulielmi Wooddi Bosburiensis [Bosbury, Herefordshire, about 20 miles from Dore] 1578/ Olim Johnnis Blaxtoni')(f. 3).
William Wood, 1578: above-cited inscription.
Notes of contents in a late 16th-century hand, (ff. 1v-3).
The name of an 18th-century owner(? John Baker) has been deleted (f. 2).
Thomas Rodd the younger (b. 1796, d. 1849), London bookseller: his 1838 catalogue, No. 438*; bought by Phillipps.
Sir Thomas Phillipps (b. 1792, d. 1872), baronet, collector of books and manuscripts: his comments on the manuscript in pencil (ff. iii-iv); his manuscript number in pen 'Phillipps MS 12200' (f. ii).
Sir (Alfred) Chester Beatty (b. 1875, d. 1968), mining engineer and art collector: his Western manuscript number 'MS. W. 59' (f. i); foliated for him by Eric Millar; his sale at Sotheby's, 9 May 1933, lot. 49: sold to Quaritch for 270.
Bought 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 The list of popes ends with Gregory IX (1227-1241) (f. 110v); the last entry in the original hand in the annals is for 1243 (f. 134); and another list of popes ends with Innocent IV (1243-54) (f. 117v) (see Watson).
Includes the punctus flexus punctuation mark.
Select bibliography E. G. Millar, The Library of A. Chester Beatty. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Western Manuscripts, 2 vols (1930), II, 65-70, pl. 122.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 58.

British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1931-1935 (London: British Museum, 1967), no. Eg. 3088.

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), no. 623.

Nigel Morgan, Early Gothic Manuscripts, 2 vols, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 4 (London Harvey Miller, 1982-88), I: 1190-1250, p. 107.

Sophie Page, Astrology in Medieval Manuscript (London: British Library, 2002), p. 44, pl. 34;.

Elizabeth Morrison, Beasts: Factual & Fantastic (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 52.


Images
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Puzzle initial

f. 3
Puzzle initial
Zodiac figures

f. 16v
Zodiac figures
Diagram

f. 17v
Diagram
 
Concordance

f. 21v
Concordance
Diagram

f. 23v
Diagram
Table

f. 114v
Table
 
Annals

f. 132
Annals
Annals

f. 133
Annals

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