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Detailed record for Yates Thompson 23

Title Book of Hours, Use of Rome ('The Hours of Agostino Biliotti')
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date 1485
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe Antonio Sinibaldi
Artists Attributed to Mariano del Buono
Decoration 14 large and smaller historiated initials, the first accompanied by a full historiated border with heraldic decoration and all'antica features, including gemstones, putti, and candelabrae, the others accompanied by partial foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 15, 97, 147, 175, 191,191v, 207, 210, 213v, 216v, 219v, 224, 231, 235v). 9 large decorated initials, with foliate extensions into the margins, in colours and gold (ff. 39v, 45, 50v, 55v, 61, 70, 75v, 81, 202v). Small initials in plain gold or blue.
Dimensions in mm 150 x 100 (75 x 45)
Official foliation ff. 248 (+ 2 modern parchment flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 original and 2 modern parchment flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Blue velvet; gilt and gauffered edges.
Provenance Written by Antonio Sinibaldi for Agostino Biliotti (d. 1490), Gonfalonier of Justice in Florence: his arms (f. 15); colophon: 'Scripto per Agostino Biliotti da Antonio Sinibaldi gratis et amore Anno Domini MCCCCLXXXV' (f. 240).
Abbate Canonici of Venice: his sale, 25 June 1836, lot 141.
Walter Sneyd: his sale, December 1903, lot 556; bought by Yates Thompson.
Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: with his book-plate inscribed '[MS] lxxviii / sae.e.e [i.e. 640.0.0] / [bought from] Sneyd Sale / Sotheby's / Dec / 1903' (inside upper cover).
Bequeathed to the British Museum in 1941 by Mrs Henry Yates Thompson.
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. LXXVIII pp. 29-32.

P. D'Ancona, La Miniatura Fiorentina: Secoli XI-XVI, 2 vols (Florence: Olschki, 1914), no. 1379.

[Derek Howard Turner], Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series V: Fifty Plates (London: British Museum, 1965), no. XLII p. 22, pl. XLII.

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, no. 952 p. 163, II, pl. 843.

Annarosa Garzelli, 'Mariano del Buono di Jacopo' , in Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, 2 vols, ed. by Annarosa Garzelli ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, 189-215 (p. 214, fig. 752).

Albinia de la Mare, 'New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence', in Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, 2 vols, ed. by Annarosa Garzelli ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), I, 395-600 (pp. 460, 485).


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Nativity

f. 15
Nativity
Nativity

f. 15
Nativity
Nativity

f. 15
Nativity
 
Arms

f. 15
Arms
Christ raising Lazarus

f. 97
Christ raising Lazarus
Christ raising Lazarus

f. 97
Christ raising Lazarus
 
David

f. 147
David
David playing a harp

f. 147
David playing a harp
Scribal colophon

f. 240
Scribal colophon
 
Scribal colophon

f. 240
Scribal colophon

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