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Detailed record for Egerton 875

Author John Chrysostom , translated by Georgius Trapezuntius
Title Homilies on Matthew
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date c. 1460 - c. 1470
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe The scribe of the Ferrara Strabo
Artists By the same hand as the illuminator of the title in Arundel 81.
Decoration 1 large historiated initial with a three-sided inhabited white vine border, in colours and gold (f. 1). 3 large white vine initials with foliate extensions into the margins, in colours and gold (ff. 1*, 2, 103). Smaller initials in gold on red, blue, and/or green grounds.
Dimensions in mm 390 x 270 (265 x 160)
Official foliation ff. 1*-2* + 283 (+ 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 unfoliated original and 3 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Parchment; gilt edges.
Provenance Paris Jesuits, by 1763: inscribed 'Colleg. Paris Soctis Jesu', 'Paraphe au desir de l'arrest du cinq juillet mil sept cens soixante trois', signed by 'Mesnil', and twice 'Desportes' (f. 1*).
Inscribed '284' (f. 1*).
Inscribed '147' (2nd flyleaf verso).
Johan Meerman (b. 1753, d. 1815): his catalogue Bibliotheca Meermanniana sive Catalogus Librorum Impressorum et Codicum Manuscriptorum... (The Hague: [n. pub.],1824), IV, no. 445 p. 71; inscribed '445 Meereman catalogue 446 Jesuit catalogue 13523', probably by Bohn (see below), with a cutting from his? catalogue (inside upper cover).
Bought by the British Museum from Henry Bohn, 26 September 1840 (note on 2nd flyleaf), 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.
Select bibliography List of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1836-1840 (London: British Museum, 1843), no. Eg. 875.

Albinia de la Mare, 'New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence', in Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, ed. by Annarosa Garzelli, 2 vols, ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, pp. 395-574 (p. 545).

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John Chrysostom

f. 1
John Chrysostom
White vine initial

f. 103
White vine initial

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