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Detailed record for Yates Thompson 22

Title Bible ('The Brantwood Bible')
Origin France, N. (Arras)
Date c. 1260
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 81 large and smaller historiated initials, developing partial borders, in colours and gold (ff. 1, 17v, 29, 37, 48, 58, 65, 72v, 74, 84, 92v, 102, 111v, 119v, 130v, 133, 137v, 142, 145, 149v, 153v, 161v, 164, 165v, 167v (x2), 169v, 171v, 173v, 175v, 180, 186v, 188v, 190, 194v, 107v, 222v, 240, 241, 241v, 243v, 260, 266v, 269, 270, 272, 272v, 273, 274v, 275v, 276, 277, 280v, 281v, 291v, 298v, 308, 314v, 324v, 332v, 336, 340, 342v, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 348v, 349v, 350, 350v, 351, 354, 364, 365, 366v, 367, 368v (x2), 369v). Large and smaller initials with grotesque, zoomorphic and figural decoration, with extensions into the margins, in colours and gold. 1 large puzzle initial in red and blue and brown pen-flourishing, with green, pink and yellow infill (f. 3). Smaller initials in red with blue (and red) pen-flourishing or in blue with red (and blue) pen-flourishing. Line-fillers decorated in red and blue.
Dimensions in mm 350 x 260 (220 x 150) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 412 (+ 4 modern parchment flyleaves at the beginning, and 4 at the end)
Collation i-xv12 (ff. 1-180), xvi twelve (ff. 181-192), xvii-xxxiv12 (ff. 193-408), xxxv4 (ff. 409-412).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Modern parchment; gilt edges.
Provenance The Augustinian abbey of Mont-Saint-Eloi-lez-Arras: inscribed '82 Bibliotheca monasterii montis Sti Eligii' (f. 1).
George Bellot, abbot of Mont-Saint-Eloi-lez-Arras, 1576-1587 (see Gallia Christiana, 16 vols (Paris: Ex typographia regia, and others, 1716-1865), III (1725), 431): inscribed 'D. D. Georgius Bellot abbas hujus monasterii dignus' (f. 411v); given to Mailliet.
(Abbot?) Ludovicus Mailliet, 6 June 1584: inscribed 'hunc librum habuit Ludovicus Mailliet a Domino abbate Montis Sancti Eligii cui inserviebat eidem abbati celeberrim ejudem rei causa in commodum utilitatemque suorum studiorum hanc bibliam ei contulit anno Domini (1584) die vi Junii' (f. 412). (Note that although there is no mention of a Ludovicus Maillet in the Gallia Christiana, George Bellot nominated his successor, called Ludovicus Ripet Bruxellensis, in March 1584, but he was not accepted by the other brothers of the abbey until the death of George Bellot in 1587).
Adam Clarke, Wesleyan Methodist minister and scholar (b. 1762, d. 1832): his sale, 20-23 June 1836, lot 482, supposed to have been bought by Cochrane for £10; however, nearly everything from Clarke's sale was bought by Baynes and Son, including presumably the present Bible which was offered in Baynes' subsequent catalogue of 1836 as item 4 for £14.14 s.
William Bragge (b. 1823, d. 1884), civil engineer, steel manufacturer and collector: his sale, 7-10 June 1876, lot 336, bought by Quaritch for £250 (noted by Sydney Cockerell on note pasted to 1st flyleaf, 15 July 1912).
John Ruskin, art critic (b. 1819, d. 1900): his collection (see J. S. Dearden, John Ruskin, the Collector, with a Catalogue of the Illuminated and other Manuscripts formely in his Collection (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), no. 15 p. 134, pl. IV); his sale, 13 May 1902; bought by Yates Thompson.
Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: with his book-plate inscribed '[MS] lxxvii / £nee.e.e [i.e. £500.0.0] / [bought from] W: …(?) / (Ruskin) / May 13 / 1902' (inside upper cover).
Bequeathed to the British Museum in 1941 by Mrs Henry Yates Thompson.
Notes A list of the decorated iniitals, in the handwriting of Ruskin, is kept as Yates Thompson 53, ff. 4-8.
Select bibliography A Descriptive Catalogue of Twenty Illuminated Manuscripts, Nos. LXXV to XCIV (Replacing Twenty Discarded from the Original Hundred) in the Collection of Henry Yates Thompson (Cambridge: University Press, 1907), no. LXXVII, pp. 23-28.

James S. Dearden, John Ruskin, The Collector, With a Catalogue of the Illuminated and Other Manuscripts formely in his Collection (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), no. 15, p. 134, pl. IV.

Ellen J. Beer, 'Das Scriptorium des Johannes Philomena: zur Buchmalerei in der Region Arras-Cambrai, 1250 bis 1274', Scriptorium, 23 (1969), 24-38 (pp. 36-37, pl. 12a).

Ellen J. Beer, 'Liller Bibelcodices: Tournai und die Scriptorien der Stadt Arras', Aachener Kunstblätter, 43 (1972), 190-226 (pl. 11 p. 212, 217).

Willene B. Clark, 'A re-united Bible and Thirteenth Century Illumination', Speculum, 50 (1975), 33-47 (pp. 40-42).

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].

Kerstin Carlvant, Manuscript Painting in Thirteenth-Century Flanders: Bruges, Ghent and the Circle of the Counts (London: Harvey Miller, 2012), p. 384.


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Jerome and pope Damasus

f. 1
Jerome and pope Damasus
Detail: Jerome and pope Damasus

f. 1
Detail: Jerome and pope Damasus
Detail: Border

f. 1
Detail: Border
 
Detail: Ownership inscription

f. 1
Detail: Ownership inscription
Rebuilding the temple

f. 130v
Rebuilding the temple
Detail: Rebuilding the temple

f. 130v
Detail: Rebuilding the temple
 
Esther and Haman

f. 149v
Esther and Haman
Detail: Esther and Haman

f. 149v
Detail: Esther and Haman
Historiated initials

f. 167v
Historiated initials
 
Warriors attacking

f. 281v
Warriors attacking
Jesse tree

f. 298v
Jesse tree
Detail: Jesse tree

f. 298v
Detail: Jesse tree
 
Detail: Decorated initial

f. 298v
Detail: Decorated initial
Detail: Jesse tree

f. 298v
Detail: Jesse tree
John and eagle

f. 324v
John and eagle
 
Detail: John and eagle

f. 324v
Detail: John and eagle
Detail: Decorated initial

f. 324v
Detail: Decorated initial

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