London, British Library, Egerton 2891

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Shelfmark
Country:England
Settlement:London
Repository: British Library
Idno:Egerton 2891
AltName:
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Date and Language
Date:s. xivin
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal dialect: Gloucestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 408 205, LP 6970 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin, p. 196).
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Contents
An early fourteenth-century copy of the South English Legendary. The text is written in one hand with a scribal dialect of Gloucestershire.






























































































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Physical Description
Form:Codex
Support: Parchment
Extent:305 x 185 mm
Collation: Difficult to ascertain but catchwords on ff. 16v, 28v, 49v, 61v, 72v, 95v, 107v, 116v, 128v, 154v, 165v, 177v, 184v.
Layout:Pricking, where visible, small horizontal slits. Writing space of 240 x 130mm. Single columns with 40 lines. Frame and lines ruled in drypoint, not really visible.
Writing: One scribe writing in brown ink in an early fourteenth-century Anglicana hand. Body height: 2 mm.
Decoration: Two-line blue initials with red penwork flourishing - swirls rather than foliate. Two-line red and blue paraphs.
Binding: Not medieval. Size: 310 x 190 mm. Covered in dark brown/black leather with gold stamped 'arabesque' design in a 'diamond' shape on front and back. Five raised bands across the spine.
Foliation:ff. ii + 194 + ii. The flyleaves are modern parchment.
Additions:
Condition:Many leaves missing at beginning and end: 3 leaves after f. 38, 12 after f. 106, 2 after f. 107, 8 after f. 132, 5 after f. 181, and single leaves after ff. 67, 83, 96, 135, 142, 164, 192.
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History
Origin:Unknown
Provenance:Fifteenth/sixteenth century:John Barns - f. 21, 61v, 106v - John (Ihon, Yon, Yan) Barns. Nineteenth century: - f. 1r 'From the library of Robert Higgins, who lived at Eastnor [co. Hereford] in the time of Charles the 1st and Cromwell'. Ff. 14r, 21v, 31r - name of Samuel Higgins. F. 77r names of Samuel Higgins, Anne and Mary Higgins, probably children of , Rector of Eastnor, d. 1847, and descendants of Robert Higgins fo Eastnor, d. 1678 (C. J. Robinson, Mansions of Herefordshire, 1873, pp. 110, 1ll). Twentieth Century:, of Bosbury House, Herefordshire (Sotheby's sale-cat., 19th July, 1911, lot 687).
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, August 2003.
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Related Manuscripts and other documents Scribal Göorlach notes that this manuscript was 'most certainly written in the same scriptorium as' Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 145 and Leicester, Leicester City Museum, MS 18 D 59 (1974, p. 92).
Bibliography
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