England, perhaps Gloucester, ca. 1130.
White vellum over boards; with brown silk ties.
Purchased on the Lewis Cass Ledyard Fund, 1932.
76 leaves (1 column, 37 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 264 x 172 mm
Owned by Stephen Batman, ca. 1570 (inscriptions on fol. 2v, 24v, 58v); Sir Thomas Mostyn (d. 1758, armorial bookplate dated 1744 with number 42); his sale (London, Sotheby's, July 13, 1920, lot 40) to Quaritch; A. Chester Beatty; his sale (London, Sotheby's, June 7, 1932, lot 4) to Quaritch for the Pierpont Morgan Library through the Lewis Cass Ledyard Fund.
Ms. Gospel book; written and illuminated in England, perhaps in Gloucester, ca. 1130.
Formerly Canterbury (?). Note that "although the decorated initials are similar to those in early 12th century Canterbury manuscripts, they are insufficiently close to warrant any firm localization." -Cf. English Romanesque Art
Decoration: 4 full-page miniatures (Evangelist portraits).
The Evangelist portraits are said to be painted on separate pieces of vellum and pasted on--Cf. Kauffmann.