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Detailed record for Yates Thompson 19

Author Brunetto Latini
Title Li Livres dou Tresor
Origin France, N. (Picardy)
Date c. 1315-1325
Language French
Script Gothic
Artists Lancelot Group
Decoration Numerous miniatures, accompanied - except in the Bestiary portion (ff. 48-64v) - by large decorated initials and three-sided borders with grotesque and figural decoration, the first with a full border, in colours and gold (ff. 3, 5, 10, 18, 18v, 21v, 23, 26, 27, 28, 31v, 40, 48, 48v (x4), 49, 49v (x2), 50 (x2), 50v (x3), 51, 51v (x3), 52 (x3), 52v, 53, 53v, 54, 54v, 55 (x4), 56 (x3), 56v (x4), 57 (x2), 58 (x2), 58v, 59 (x2), 59v (x2), 60 (x2), 60v, 61, 61v, 62v, 63 (x2), 63v, 64 (x4), 64v (x2), 65, 87, 118v). Small initials in red with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 310 x 225 (215 x 155) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 162 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 at the end)
Collation i2 (ff. 1-2), ii-xx8 (ff. 3-162).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red morocco with gold tooling, 1st half of the 18th century; gilt edges.
Provenance Inscribed, 15th century: 'lan mil troy sens et cinquante et cinc/fut esique advint que li res de franse/perdet la batalha qui fut fact a quote/peytier pe tray[yogh]in et fut pris le res/de fransa et lemnemey' (f. 162v).
Bertram, 4th Earl of Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878); his Appendix Ms. 177, see Catalogue of the Manuscripts at Ashburnham Place: Appendix (London: Hodgson, 1853).
Bertram Ashburnham, 5th earl of Ashburnham: his sale, May 1897, bought by Yates Thompson together with the entire Ashburnham Appendix: book-plate with an inscribed number 'From the Library of the Earl of Ashburnham Appendix no. CLXXVII May 1897' (inside upper cover).
Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: with his book-plate inscribed '[MS] 74 / £ree.e.e [i.e. £200.0.0] / [bought from the] Earl of / Ashburnham / 1897' (inside upper cover).
Bequeathed to the British Museum in 1941 by Mrs Henry Yates Thompson.
Notes This manuscript is related to two other Brunetto Latini manuscripts, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, fr. 567 and Leningrad, Russian Nations Library, fr. F. V. I. 4.
See also the Psalter from Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, Smith-Lesouëf 20, of which the calendar includes indications of a Thérouanne, Saint-Omer or Ypres provenance.
The manuscript is also related to Cambridge, Trinity College, B. 11.22 which Stones 1982 associated with the Lancelot Group manuscripts, probably made in Thérouanne, Saint-Omer or Ghent, between 1315 and 1325.
Select bibliography A Descriptive Catalogue of the Second Series of Fifty Manuscripts (Nos. 51 to 100) in the Collection of Henry Yates Thompson (Cambridge: University Press, 1902), no. 74 pp. 145-50.

Illustrations from One Hundred Manuscripts in the Library of Henry Yates Thompson, 7 vols (London: Chiswick Press, 1907-18), VII: The Seventh and last Volume with Plates from the Remaining Twenty-Two MSS., pp. 18-19, pls. LXIII-LXIX.

Loren MacKinney, Medical Illustrations in Medieval Manuscripts, Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 5 vols (London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 1965), I, in 2 parts: Part II, Medical Miniatures in Extant Manuscripts: A Checklist, with Thomas Herndon, p. 143.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, 168 [rejected].

Alison Stones, 'The Medieval Alexander and Romance Epic', in The Medieval Alexander Legend and Romance Epic: Essays in Honour of David J. A. Ross, ed. by Peter Noble and others (New York, London, Nendeln: Kraus, 1982), pp. 193-243 (pp. 196-97, 204-05 n. 23 and n. 29, pl. 12).

Judith H. Oliver, Gothic Manuscript Illumination in the Diocese of Liège (c. 1250 - c. 1330), Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts from the Low Countries, 2 vols (Leuven: Peeters, 1988), II, 188 n. 42.

D. J. A. Ross and M. A. Stones, 'The Roman d'Alexandre in French Prose: Another Illustrated Manuscript from Champagne or Flanders c.1300', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relatives aux manuscrits, 56, 2 (2002), 345-56 (p. 346).


Julia Bolton Holloway (Biblioteca e Bottega Fioretta Mazzei), Brunetto Latino
[http://www.florin.ms/BrunLatbibl1.html] [accessed 08.03.12] (BbI. Li Livres dou Tresor Manuscripts, 43).


Images
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Teacher and students

f. 3
Teacher and students
Detail: Teacher and students

f. 3
Detail: Teacher and students
Detail: Border

f. 3
Detail: Border
 
Detail: Border

f. 3
Detail: Border


f. 3
Creation of the World

f. 5
Creation of the World
 
Noah

f. 10
Noah
Text page

f. 12
Text page
Beginning of the New Testament

f. 18
Beginning of the New Testament
 
Elisabeth and Anne

f. 18v
Elisabeth and Anne
Trinity

f. 21v
Trinity
Rome

f. 23
Rome
 
Men disputing

f. 26
Men disputing
Men disputing

f. 26
Men disputing
Men disputing

f. 27
Men disputing
 
Four elements

f. 28
Four elements
Four elements

f. 28
Four elements
Initial and border

f. 28
Initial and border
 
Water

f. 31v
Water
World

f. 40
World
World

f. 40
World
 
Swordfish

f. 48
Swordfish
Detail: Swordfish

f. 48
Detail: Swordfish


f. 49v
 
Hippopotamus, mermaids, and dragons

f. 50v
Hippopotamus, mermaids, and dragons
Hawks

f. 54
Hawks
Teacher and students

f. 65
Teacher and students
 
Detail: Teacher and students

f. 65
Detail: Teacher and students
Detail: Border

f. 65
Detail: Border
Detail: Border

f. 65
Detail: Border
 
'Le livre'

f. 87
'Le livre'
Man teaching

f. 118v
Man teaching
Flourished initial

f. 119v
Flourished initial
 
Detail: Flourished initial

f. 119v
Detail: Flourished initial

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