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THE EGMOND GOSPELS
The Egmond Gospels are beyond doubt among the greatest achievements of Dutch cultural history of the early Middle Ages. Besides its importance as a historical document it also contains the oldest depictions of Dutch people and buildings, and represents one of the oldest surviving church treasures.
The Egmond Gospels.
Reims, third quarter of the ninth century;
Northern France, c. 900;
Flanders, c. 975.
Vellum, 218 leaves,
231 x 207 mm.
Provenance: Oud-bisschoppelijke Klerezij in Utrecht, 1830.

It contains the text of the four gospels, and was written in the third quarter of the ninth century in Reims in Northern France, as may be deduced from certain characteristics of its script. After some time it must have found its way to more western regions, where a rich decoration of canon tables, portraits of the evangelists, and ornamental pages in the 'Franco-Saxon' style were added.

Around 975 it belonged to Dirk II, Count of Holland from about 939 to 988, who had it bound in a rich binding adorned with gold and precious stones. He subsequently presented the manuscript to th