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Detailed record for Yates Thompson 2

Title Collectar ('The Ottobeuren Collectar')
Origin Germany, S. (Ottobeuren)
Date last quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Scribe Reinfrid (?)
Decoration 2 full-page miniatures framed by full borders, in colours and gold (ff. 1v, 25v). 25 large and smaller miniatures, in colours and gold (ff. 21v, 27v, 30, 31, 34, 37, 38, 48, 57v, 62v, 79v, 89v, 91v, 99, 101, 103, 107, 110, 112v, 118v, 119v, 120v, 122, 123v, 124). Large and smaller foliate or zoomorphic initials in colours, gold, and silver. Smaller foliate or zoomorphic initials, in colours (and gold). Smaller and small initials in plain red.
Dimensions in mm 290 x 205 (185 x 130)
Official foliation ff. iv + 153 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves after f. ii, and 7 at the end; there is medieval foliation in red ink, and three sets of modern foliation; the 1898 catalogue follows that in the lower right corner; the Library foliation is in the top right corner)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Dark green (described as 'purple' in the 1882 and 1889 sale catalogues) velvet with silver clasps; marbled endpapers; gilt edges.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of St. Alexander and Theodor, Ottobeuren, Swabia: perhaps commissioned or written by Reinfrid, who is represented as a monk holding a scroll inscribed 'Alexandre [sic] p(ater) bone suscipe q(uo)d tibi fidus Servus reinfr(idus) fert ...' (f. 103).
Inscription, 17th century: 'M(o)n(aste)rii Ottoburani (f. 2, in the lower margin); Reinfrid signed a copy of a Moralia in Job that was also inscribed 'Monasterii Ottoburani' in the 17th century (see Brandis 1975).
General Claude-Josephe Lecourbe, Commander of the Right Wing of the French Rhine Army: given to him in September 1800, together with 2 other manuscripts, as recorded in a catalogue drawn up shortly before 1802 (see Schwarzmaier 1964 pp. 9-10).
? French bookseller: inscribed in pencil '30 grandes miniatures' (f. iii verso).
Alexander Douglas-Hamilton (b. 1767, d. 1852), 10th Duke of Hamilton and 7th duke of Brandon: inscribed in pencil with the characteristic HB monogram of the Hamilton Library: 'HB No 316' (f. iv recto); among the Hamilton manuscripts catalogued in November or December 1882 (as lot 120) for auction by Sotheby's, but instead sold en bloc to the Prussian Government in 1883; sold by the latter at Sotheby's, 23 May 1889, lot 6; bought by Quaritch for £205.
Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: with his book-plate inscribed '[MS] 6 / £aeee.e.e [i.e. £4000.0.0] / [bought from Bernard] Quaritch / 8 May / 1895' (f. i); in his sale, 22 June 1921, lot 88, but returned to the Thompson collection.
Bequeathed to the British Museum in 1941 by Mrs Henry Yates Thompson.
Notes 1 bifolium (ff. 19-22) has been misbound: f. 19 should follow f. 17, and f. 22 follows f. 23.
ff. 146-147 and 151-153 contain added text.
Decorative stitching of damaged parchment in colored silk thread (ff. 120 and 127).
Evidence of curtains having covered some miniatures.
Select bibliography W. von Seidlitz, ‘Die illustrirten Handschriften der Hamilton-Sammlung zu Berlin', Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft, 6 (1883), 256-73 (no. 12 pp. 262-63).

Montague Rhodes James, A Descriptive Catalogue of Fifty Manuscripts from the Collection of Henry Yates Thompson (Cambridge: University Press, 1898), no. 6, pp. 20-29.

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., p. 7, pls. I-III.

Hanns Swarzenski, The Berthold Missal: The Pierpont Morgan Library MS 710 and the Scriptorium of Weingarten Abbey (New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1943), p. 39 n. 32.

Hansmartin Schwarzmaier, ‘Mittelalterliche Handschriften des Klosters Ottobeuren: Versuch einer Bestandsaufnahme', Studien und Mitteilungen zur Geschichte des Benediktiner-Ordens und seiner Zweige, 73 (1962), 7-23 (no. 1 p. 11).

Hansmartin Schwarzmaier, 'Traditionsbildung und Geschichtsbewußtsein: Ottobeuren im zwölften Jahrhundert', in Ottobeuren: Festschrift zur 1200-Jahrfeier der Abtei, ed. by Aegidius Kolb and Hermann Tüchle (Augsburg: Winfried-Werk, 1964), 3-25 (pp. 23-25).

[Derek Howard Turner], Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series V: Fifty Plates (London: British Museum, 1965), no. VI p. 9, pl. VI.

[Derek Howard Turner], Illuminated Manuscripts exhibited in the Grenville Library (London, British Museum, 1967), pp. 52-53.

C. E. L. Smith, 'A Twelfth Century Lectionary from Ottobeuren', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relatives aux manuscrits, 27 (1973), 237-51, pls. 13-14 (pp. 248-51).

Tilo Brandis with Gerard Achten and others, Zimelien: abendländische Handschriften des Mittelalters aus den Sammlungen der Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz Berlin (Wiesbaden: Reichert, 1975), pp. 81-82.

Sotheby's catalogue, Western Illuminated Manuscripts, the Property of the John Carter Brown Library, Providence, Rhode Island which will be sold by Auction by Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., 18th May 1981, pp. 55, 59-60.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (London: British Library, 1997), no. 34.

Margaret Scott, Medieval Dress & Fashion (London: British Library, 2007), p. 57, pl. 29.


Images
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Christ in Majesty

f. 1v
Christ in Majesty
Illuminated initial

f. 2
Illuminated initial
Decorated initials

f. 5
Decorated initials
 
Decorated initial

f. 7
Decorated initial
Decorated initials

f. 10
Decorated initials
Decorated initials

f. 12
Decorated initials
 
Decorated initial

f. 19v
Decorated initial
Inhabited initial

f. 21
Inhabited initial
The Holy Women

f. 21v
The Holy Women
 
Decorated initials

f. 24
Decorated initials
Ascension

f. 25v
Ascension
Decorated initials

f. 26
Decorated initials
 
Pentecost

ff. 27v-28
Pentecost
Pentecost

f. 27v
Pentecost
Decorated initials

f. 28
Decorated initials
 
Zacharias and angel

f. 30
Zacharias and angel
Christ and Peter

f. 31
Christ and Peter
Decorated initial

f. 31v
Decorated initial
 
Assumption of the Virgin

f. 34
Assumption of the Virgin
Michael and the dragon

f. 37
Michael and the dragon
All Saints' day

f. 38
All Saints' day
 
Angels in a city

f. 48
Angels in a city
Nativity

f. 57v
Nativity
Decorated initial

f. 60
Decorated initial
 
Adoration of the Magi

f. 62v
Adoration of the Magi
Adoration of the Magi

f. 62v
Adoration of the Magi
Decorated initials

f. 65
Decorated initials
 
Decorated initial

f. 70v
Decorated initial
Easter

f. 79v
Easter
Decorated initials

f. 80
Decorated initials
 
Decorated initials

f. 86
Decorated initials
Christ in a mandorla

f. 89v
Christ in a mandorla
Decorated initial

f. 91
Decorated initial
 
Whit Sunday

f. 91v
Whit Sunday
Decorated initials

f. 93v
Decorated initials
Decorated initials

f. 95
Decorated initials
 
John the Baptist

f. 99
John the Baptist
Inhabited initial

f. 100
Inhabited initial
Martydom of Peter and Paul

f. 101
Martydom of Peter and Paul
 
Seven brothers

f. 103
Seven brothers
Seven brothers

f. 103
Seven brothers
Monk

f. 103
Monk
 
Decorated initial

f. 106
Decorated initial
Tree of Jesse

f. 107
Tree of Jesse
Decorated initials

f. 109
Decorated initials
 
Nativity of the Virgin

f. 110
Nativity of the Virgin
Michael

f. 112v
Michael
Decorated initials

f. 114
Decorated initials
 
Apostles

f. 118v
Apostles
Martyrs

f. 119v
Martyrs
Martyr

f. 120v
Martyr
 
Confessors

f. 122
Confessors
Virgin Martyrs

f. 123v
Virgin Martyrs
Church

f. 124
Church
 

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