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Detailed record for Egerton 1500

Author Paolino Veneto
Title Abbreviamen de las Estorias (begins imperfectly), or Chronologia magna
Origin France, S. (Avignon)
Date 2nd quarter of the 14th century (after 1323)
Language French (Provençal dialect)
Script Gothic
Decoration Tables of rulers, writers, and events, containing many portraits throughout and a few small miniatures, in colours and gold (ff. 45v (x2), 46 (x7), 46v, 51v, 52v (x2), 53v (x3), 57). Coloured plans of Antioch and Jerusalem (ff. 47v, 49). 1 small decorated initial, in colours (f. 3). Small initials in red with purple pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 380 x 290
Official foliation ff. 67 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1983.
Provenance The text is a summary of universal history, from the creation of the world to the death of the Emperor Henry VII (d. 1314).
Copy of Venice, Biblioteca Marciana, lat. Z 399, containing the canonization of Thomas Aquinas in 1323 (see Degenhart and Schmitt 1973).
Bought by the British Museum from M. de Martres, 9 November 1850 (note on 3rd flyleaf [f. i]), 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.
Notes Includes genealogical charts, and a pictorial and narrative description of the events of the First Crusade.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1848-1853 (London: British Museum, 1868), no. Eg. 1500.

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Illustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 9,

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 137.

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierter Handschriften des lateinischen Mittelalters, ed. by Harry Bober, 4 vols (London: Warburg Institute, 1916-66), III: Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken (1953), pp. 143-46.

Bernhard Degenhart and Annegrit Schmitt, 'Marino Sanudo und Paolino Veneto: Zwei Literaten des 14. Jahrhunderts in ihrer Wirkung auf Buchillustrierung und Kartographie in Venedig, Avignon und Neapel', Römisches Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte, 14 (1973), 1-137 (pp. 25, 35, 39, 78, 90, figs. 72, 78-79, 156).

Bernhard Degenhart and Annegrit Schmitt, Corpus der Italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450, part 2 in two volumes (Berlin: Gerb. Mann, 1980), I, pp. 41, 57, pls 85-87.

Pamela Porter, Medieval Warfare in Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2000), p. 22.


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Map

ff. 3v-4
Map
Map

f. 3v
Map
Map

f. 3v
Map
 
Diagram

ff. 4v-5
Diagram
Genealogical diagram

f. 4v
Genealogical diagram
Diagram

ff. 5v-6
Diagram
 
Genealogical diagram

f. 5v
Genealogical diagram
Moses

f. 5v
Moses
Diagram

f. 6
Diagram
 
Ruth and Boaz

f. 6v
Ruth and Boaz
Diagram

ff. 6v-7
Diagram
Rulers

f. 15v-16
Rulers
 
Rulers

f. 15v
Rulers
Cleopatra and Julius Caesar

f. 15v
Cleopatra and Julius Caesar
Diagram

f. 16
Diagram
 
Diagram

ff. 16v-17
Diagram
Genealogical diagram

f. 17
Genealogical diagram
Ancestors of Christ

f. 17
Ancestors of Christ
 
Ancestors of Christ

f. 17
Ancestors of Christ
Knights on horseback

f. 46
Knights on horseback
Antioch

f. 47
Antioch
 
Map of Antioch

ff. 47v-48
Map of Antioch
Map of Jerusalem

ff. 48v-49
Map of Jerusalem
Map of Jerusalem

f. 49
Map of Jerusalem
 

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