You are in Introduction. Click here to skip the navigation.
British Library
Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
 Detail from the Roman de la Rose
About Simple search Manuscript search Advanced search  Virtual exhibitions Glossaries Contact us  Main
print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back

search tips  Search tips
 
 

 

 
 

Detailed record for Royal 17 F IV

Author Valerius Maximus, translated by Simon de Hesdin and Nicholas de Gonesse
Title Facta et Dicta Memorabilia (Le livre de Valerius Maximus)
Origin France, N. (Amiens or Hesdin), or Netherlands, S.
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Rambures Master, a follower of Willem Vrelant
Decoration 9 miniatures in colours and gold with full or partial foliate borders and foliate initials in colours and gold, at the beginning of each book (ff. 3, 65v, 119, 152v, 181, 211, 232, 261, 297). Initials in gold on rose and blue grounds with penwork decoration in white, those at the beginning of chapters with foliate extensions. Line-fillers in blue and rose with penwork decoration in white.
Dimensions in mm 485 x 345 (315 x 215)
Official foliation ff. 352 (+ 1 unfoliated modern paper flyleaf and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the beginning and at the end).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal library binding of brown leather with the royal arms and gilt edges.
Provenance Edward IV (b. 1442, d. 1483), king of England and lord of Ireland, perhaps acquired by him: added royal arms of England (f. 3).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): to be identified with 'Valere le grant' included in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 2; and in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 11v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Includes the French translation of Facta et Dicta Memorabilia of Valerius Maximus begun for Charles V, king of France, in 1375 by Simon de Hesdin, and completed in 1401 by Nicholas de Gonnesse for Jacquemin Couram, treasurer of Jean, count of Berry; preceded by a list of contents (ff. 1-2).
The frontispiece miniature (f. 3) was executed by a follower of Willem Vrelant, and other miniatures are by the Rambures Master (ff. 65, 119, 152v, 181, 211, 232, 261, 297), named after the Hours of Jacques de Rambures, Amiens, Bibliothèque Municipale 200 and active in Amiens or Hesdin. The manuscript is related to another copy of Valerius Maximus, Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal 5196, illuminated by the same artists.
Catchwords and bifolium signatures.
Select bibliography H. Omont, 'Les manuscrits français des rois d'Angleterre au château de Richmond', in Etudes romanes dédiés à Gaston Paris (Paris: É. Bouillon, 1891), pp. 1-13 (p. 5).

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II, p. 262.

Robert Lucas, 'Medieval French Translations of the Latin Classics to 1500', Speculum, 45 (1970), 225-53 (p. 247).

D. M. Schullian, 'A Revised List of the Manuscripts of Valerius Maximus', in Miscelanea Augusto Campana, Medioevo e Umanesimo, 45 (Padua: Antenore, 1981), pp. 695-728 (p. 708).

Janet Backhouse, 'Founders of the Royal Library: Edward IV and Henry VII as Collectors of Illuminated Manuscripts', in England in the Fifteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1986 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by David Williams (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1987), pp. 23-42 (p. 40).

Anne F. Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs, Richard III’s Books: Ideals and Reality in the Life and Library of a Medieval Prince (Stroud: Sutton, 1997), p. 15, n. 32.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.2.

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London, 2003), pl. 24.

Thomas Kren and Scot McKendrick, Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003), no. 66, pp. 4. 74, 225-26, 255, 256-57, 259, 307. [exhibition catalogue].


Images
* * *
 
Simon de Hesdin

f. 3
Simon de Hesdin
Marriage

f. 65v
Marriage
Prowess of Lepidus

f. 119
Prowess of Lepidus
 
Demolition of a house

f. 152v
Demolition of a house
Ruler granting clemency to prisoners

f. 181
Ruler granting clemency to prisoners
Death of Lucretia

f. 211
Death of Lucretia
 
Family

f. 232
Family
Luxury

f. 297
Luxury

print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back
top Back