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Detailed record for Additional 18196, ff. 68-70

Title Cuttings from a choir book
Origin Italy, N. (Lombardy)
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Decoration 3 historiated initials in colours and gold, of Benedict (f. 68), Mary Magdalene (f. 69), and the Assumption of the Virgin (f. 70).
Dimensions in mm 80 x 80 (f. 68); 70 x 75 (f. 69); 75 x 80 (f. 70)
Official foliation Bound in an album of ff. i + 90. These cuttings foliated as Add. 18196, '68'-'70'.
Form Parchment cuttings mounted on card guards in an album of cuttings.
Binding Post-1600. Bound by Charles Lewis (b. 1786, d. 1836), London bookbinder, for the booksellers Payne and Foss. Gold tooled dark blue morocco with on the spine: 'Picturae / et / miniaturae / antiquae / saec. xiv.ad xvi / mus. brit. / iure emptionis / 18,196.'. Marbled paper, gilt edges.
Provenance William Young Ottley (b. 1771, d. 1836), writer on art and collector: possibly part of his sale, 11 May 1838 but not identifiable; inscribed by Frederic Madden on a sheet in box: 'Purchased at Payne and Foss's sale / at Sotheby's, 27th June 1850. / Lot 1087. / Formerly part of the collection / of W.Y. Ottley, Esq. dispersed / in 1838' (f. i).
Payne and Foss, London booksellers: their sale, 24 June 1850, lot 1087; purchased by Boone on the fourth day of the sale, 27 June.
William Boone, London bookseller trading 1815-1870: purchased by him for 18; purchased from Boone on the same day by the British Museum.
Notes Italian cuttings.
The present cuttings are bound in an album with Add. 18196, ff. 2-67 and 71-90. To see these cuttings in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 18196, ff. 2-90.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1848-1853 (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1868), p. 87.

Mirella Levi D'Ancona, The Wildenstein Collection of Illuminations: the Lombard School (Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 1970), pp. 77, 79, 133.

J. J. G. Alexander, 'Italian Illuminated Manuscripts in British Collections', in La Miniatura Italiana tra Gotico e Rinascimento: atti del II Congresso di Storia della Miniatura Italiana, Cortona, 24-26 settembre 1982, ed. by Emanuela Sesti (Florence: Olschki, 1985), 99-126 (p. 110 n. 30), reprinted in Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Studies in Italian Manuscript Illumination (London: Pindar Press, 2002), 22-54, 382-84 (p. 33 n. 30).


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Benedict

f. 68
Benedict
Mary Magdalene

f. 69
Mary Magdalene
Assumption of the Virgin

f. 70
Assumption of the Virgin
 

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