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Detailed record for Egerton 2569

Title Lectionary from the Lives of the Saints, from 22 February to 10 August
Origin Netherlands, S. (Mons in Hainault)
Date 1269
Language Latin and French
Script Gothic, written below top line
Scribe John of Salisbury
Decoration Historiated initial in colours on gold grounds, with a partial border in red, blue, and gold (f. 59). Large puzzle initial in red and blue, with red and blue pen-flourishing forming a three-sided border, including a fish (f. 5). Large puzzle initials in red and blue, with red and blue pen-flourishing forming a partial border, two with a face, and some with fish (e.g. ff. 16, 77v, 227v). Large initials in red or blue with pen-flourishing in red and blue, some with faces, or fish or dragons as a partial border (e.g., ff. 7v, 23v, 24v, 27, 28, 29v, 54). Small initials in red or blue. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 320 x 210 (235 x 150) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 309 ( + an unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. 15th-century hogskin over wooden boards; with a new spine.
Provenance Written by John of Salsiibury in 1269 for Ermine, doyenne of the chapter of canonesses of St. Vaudru, Mons: inscription in large script: 'Anno domini millesimo duocentesimo sexagesimo nono fuit liber iste scriptus. Johannes de saleburi scripsit.' (f. 58); and couplets in French in which John says that he was born in England but wrote the book 'a mons en hainnau' and finished it in November 1269, dedicating it to 'la doiene hermine' (ff. 58-59v).
13th-century list of contents in red (f. 3v).
Additional 13th- and 14th-century texts with initials in red or blue and highlighting of letters in yellow or red (ff. 304-309).
Text in Latin with the date July 1589 (f. 4r-v).
Inscription dated 1669 'ioannel Blondeaise Laueris' (f. 2).
Henri Denis Mutte, Dean of Cambrai: given by him to the Jesuits of Antwerp c. 1750: 18th century inscription 'R. R. Patribus Societatis Iesu . . . Antuerpiae; Henricus Dionysius Mutte Decanus Ecclesiae Metropolitanae Cameracensis hunc codicem D. D. Mutte' (f. 3).
19th-century list of contents (f. 1r-v).
Inscription '+MS 208' (f. 1v).
William G. Medlicott (b. 1816, d. 1883), of Longmeadow, Massachusetts: his sale catalogue, Rockwell and Churchill, Boston, 1878, no. 2707.
Bought by the British Museum from Medlicott in December 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.
Notes Crossed and uncrossed tironian ets.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1876-1881 (London: British Museum, 1882), no. Eg. 2569.

The Palaeographic Society: Facsimiles of Manuscripts and Inscriptions, Second series, ed. by Edward Augustus Bond, Edward Maunde Thompson, and George Frederic Warner, (London: Cloves and Sons, 1884-94), II, pl. 113 [bound as 26].

E. Maunde Thompson, An Introduction to Greek and Latin Palaeography (1912), pl. 187.

W. H. James Weale and Lawrence Taylor,Early Stamped Bookbindings in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1922), no. 8.

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), I, no. 611, II, pl. 160.

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Puzzle initials

f. 22
Puzzle initials
Virgin and Child

f. 59
Virgin and Child

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