London. British Library, Add MS 11850

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London. British Library
British Library, Add MS 11850
  • Latin
  • The Four Gospels ('The Préaux Gospels')
  • Contents: ff. 2v-4r: Jerome, Epistula ad Damasum papam (St Jerome's Epistle to Pope Damasus), beginning: 'Novum opus me facere cogis'. ff. 4r-v: Pseudo-Jerome, Epistula ad Damasum (Pseudo-Jerome's Epistle to Pope Damasus), beginning: 'Sciendum etiam nequem ignarum'. ff. 4v-6r: Jerome, Prologus Quattuor Evangeliorum Ex Commentario Hieronymi in Mattheum (St Jerome, Prologue to the four Gospels from his commentary on the Gospel of St Matthew), beginning: 'Prologus quattuor evangeliorum. Plures fuisse qui evangelia scripserunt'. ff. 6r-v: Eusebius, Epistula ad Carpianum (Eusebius's epistle to Carpianus), beginning: 'Eusebius Carpiano Fratri Salutem. Ammonius quidam Alexandrinus'. ff. 6v-9r: Prologus et Capitula Evangelii Secundum Mattheum; prologue to the Gospel of St Matthew (ff. 6v-7v), followed by capitula (ff. 7v-9r), beginning: 'Mattheus ex iudea in ordine'. ff. 10r-16r: The Eusebian Canon tables. ff. 17r-58v: Evangelium Secundum Mattheum (The Gospel of St Matthew) with lections, beginning: 'Liber generationis Iesu Christi filii David'. ff. 59r-60v: Prologus et Capitula Evangelii Secundum Marcum; prologue to the Gospel of St Mark (ff. 59r-v), followed by capitula (ff. 59v-60v), beginning: 'Marcus evangelista Dei et Petri'. ff. 61r-87v: Evangelium Secundum Marcum (The Gospel of St Mark) with lections, beginning: 'Inicium Evangelii Iesu Christi filii Dei sicut scriptum est in Isaia propheta'. ff. 88r-90r: Prologus et Capitula Evangelii Secundum Lucam; prologue to the Gospel of St Luke (ff. 88r-v), followed by capitula (ff. 88v-90r), beginning: 'Lucas Syrus natione Anthiocensis'. ff. 91r-135v: Evangelium Secundum Lucam (The Gospel of St Luke) with lections, beginning: 'Quoniam quidem multi conati sunt'. ff. 136r-137r: Prologus et Capitula Evangelii Secundum Iohannem; prologue to the Gospel of St John (ff. 136r-v), followed by capitula (ff. 136v-137r), beginning: 'Hic est Iohannes evangelista'. ff. 138r-169v: Evangelium Secundum Iohannem (The Gospel of St John) with lections, beginning: 'In principio erat verbum'. Decoration:Canon tables in colours and gold, with seated human figures, animal, dragons and foliate decoration surrounding the architectural framework. The arches are surmounted by saints and the Evangelists and by dragons and by churches (ff. 10r-16r). Four full-page miniatures of the Evangelists in colours and gold, in rectangular frames with a foliate decoration (ff. 17v, 61v, 91v, 138v). Four full or half-page initials in colours and gold with figures and animals climbing or sitting on the frame of the initial at the beginning of the Gospels (ff. 18r, 62r, 92r, 139r). Large initials in gold and colours, with foliate decoration, some with animal heads, at the beginning of prefatory material (f. 2v, 4r, 4v, 6r, 7r, 59r, 88r, 136r). Full-page incipit pages with display capitals in blue, red and green (ff. 17r, 61r, 91r, 138r). Initials in gold, some with highlighting in red or blue. Numerals in red. Highlighting of letters in red or green. This artist also illuminated three other manuscripts from Préaux: Paris, BnF MS lat. 2127; Paris, BnF MS lat. 12229 and Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale MS 498, according to Avril, La France romane (2005), p. 133.
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