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Detailed record for Egerton 855

Title Bible (ff. 1-455), with tables of the ecclesiastical lessons, and the office of the Mass
Origin Germany, S. ( Bayreuth?)
Date 1436
Language German
Script Gothic cursive
Scribe Michael Vinck
Decoration 2 historiated initials of Jerome, and of Matthew and his symbol in colours (ff. 1, 369v). 4 large initials in silver or gold with red penwork decoration at the beginning of the prologues or books of Genesis and Matthew (ff. 3v, 4, 368v, 369). Large initials in blue, purple, red, green, or brown, or combinations of these colours with pen-flourishing in red, purple, or green, or combinations of these colours, a few with faces (e.g. ff. 70v, 138, 139, 211v) at the beginning of other major divisions. Large initials in red. Highlighting of letters in red. Running headers in red.
Dimensions in mm 390 x 270 (300 x 210) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 483 ( + 3 unfoliated paper leaves at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment and paper codex, mixed
Binding Pre-1600. 16th-century white leather over boards, with blind stamping including figurative and foliate patterns; metal clasps.
Provenance Written in 1436 by Michael Vinck of Bayreuth: inscription 'Dein wille geschee. Michael Vinck von Beyerreut 1436' (f. 455).
George Kloss (?), M. D., of Frankfurt: his bookplate (inside upper cover); his inserted notes in German and Latin about the manuscript dated 27 May, 1832 and signed 'G Klok. M. Dr.' (ff. 1* and 2*).
Inscription in pencil '16 -16-1 (?) E600/ 17/5/35 /Kloss 4551 (21)', and 'Cochman's Catalogue for 1837 No. 21' (inside lower cover).
Purchased of Henry Bohn, 26 September 1840 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).
Select bibliography List of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1836-1840 (London: British Museum, 1843), 1840, p. 20.

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. 591, II, pl. 429.

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Illuminated initial

f. 4
Illuminated initial

f. 369v

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