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Detailed record for Egerton 1121

Author Ulrich von Pottenstein
Title Spiegel der Weisheit
Origin Austria, W. (Salzburg)
Date c. 1430
Language German
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Workshop of the Grillinger Bibel (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm. 15701); by more than one artist (see Schmidt 1986).
Decoration 1 large decorated initial with foliate extensions into the margins, in colours and gold (f. 1). 73 small miniatures, in colours and gold (ff. 2, 3v, 4v, 5v, 7v, 8v, 10, 11, 12v, 14, 16, 17v, 19, 21, 22v, 24, 25, 26v, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34v, 36, 38, 39v, 41, 42, 43, 44v, 46, 47, 48v, 50, 51v, 52v, 54v, 56, 58v, 60, 62, 63v, 65v, 67, 69, 70v, 72, 74, 76v, 78, 79v, 81v, 83, 84v, 87, 89, 92, 93v, 95, 97v, 99v, 102, 105, 107v, 109v, 112, 114v, 118, 119v, 121v, 122, 124, 127). Small initials in red with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. The first miniature is in two parts, the left half is coverd by a later miniature on paper.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 185 (170 x 130)
Official foliation ff. i + 127 (+ 1 modern parchment flyleaf at the end)
Collation i-xvi8 (ff. i, 1-127).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Blind-tooled red leather with bosses and clasps.
Provenance Bought by the British Museum from Adolphus Asher (b. 1800, d. 1853), Berlin bookseller and dealer to the British Museum 1841-1853 (see David Paisey, 'Adolphus Asher (1800-1853): Berlin bookseller, anglophile and friend to Panizzi', in The British Library Journal, 23 (1997), 131-53), 14 June 1845 (note on 1st flyleaf), using the Farnborough Fund (£3,000 bequeathed in 1838 by Charles Long, Baron Farnborough (b. 1761, d. 1838), a cousin of Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829), founder of the collection.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1841-1845 (London: British Museum, 1850), 1845, p. 72.

H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), II (1893), pp. 357-67.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 27.

Jürgen Werinhard Einhorn, 'Der Bilderschmuck der Handschriften und Drucke zu Ulrichs von Pottenstein Buch der Natürlichen Weisheit', in Verbum et Signum, ed. by Hans Fromm, Wolfgang Harms, and Uwe Ruberg, 2 vols (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 1975), I, 389-424 (p. 329).

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Manuscript (Oxford: Phaidon, 1979), p. 67, pl. 57.

Gerhard Schmidt, 'Egerton MS. 1121 und die Salzburger Buchmalerei um 1430', Wiener Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte, 39 (1986), 41-57, figs. 1-25 pp. 245-52.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (London: British Library, 1997), no. 147.

Prague: The Crown of Bohemia: 1347-1437, ed. by Barbara Drake Boehm and Jirí Fajt (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), p. 251 [exhibition catalogue].

Margaret Scott, Medieval Dress & Fashion (London: British Library, 2007), p. 105, pl. 62.
Last revised: 10 March 2006


Images
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Animals in council

f. 4v
Animals in council
Snail and mouse in conflict

f. 10
Snail and mouse in conflict
Fisherman on the back of a whale

f. 11
Fisherman on the back of a whale
 
Fisherman on the back of a whale

f. 11
Fisherman on the back of a whale
Fox and ape

f. 12v
Fox and ape
Fox and ape

f. 12v
Fox and ape
 
Wolf and ox

f. 21
Wolf and ox
Raven and frog

f. 22v
Raven and frog
Mouse, fox, and lion

f. 26v
Mouse, fox, and lion
 
Fox on a pilgrimage

f. 36
Fox on a pilgrimage
Human ear complaining to Nature

f. 38
Human ear complaining to Nature
Human ear complaining to Nature

f. 38
Human ear complaining to Nature
 
Goat and hedgehog

f. 44v
Goat and hedgehog
Bear being killed in battle

ff. 46v-47
Bear being killed in battle
Ape climbing a mast and sitting on a throne

f. 48v
Ape climbing a mast and sitting on a throne
 
Reason and Will

f. 51v
Reason and Will
Sheep and stag

f. 52v
Sheep and stag
Burd and Mule

f. 70v
Burd and Mule
 
Fox and ape

f. 72
Fox and ape
Peacock and hedgehog

f. 74
Peacock and hedgehog
Ape and wild ass

f. 89
Ape and wild ass
 
Fortune rebuking a wealthy man

f. 99v
Fortune rebuking a wealthy man
Peacock and raven

f. 105
Peacock and raven
Fox cured by weasel

f. 109v
Fox cured by weasel
 
Youth at the mountain of gold

f. 114v
Youth at the mountain of gold

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