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Detailed record for Additional 11619

Part 1 ff. 1-5,10-275 
Author Alan of Lille, Isidore
Title Miscellany of didactic and religious texts, Alan of Lille's Summa predicatoria (ff. 10-73); 21 sermons (ff. 74-106v); a digest of Isidore's Sententiarum liber (ff. 107-134v); various texts on the seven deadly sins (ff. 159v-186v); Aesop's Fables in quatrains, based on the Romulus (ff. 189-210);
Origin England or France
Date 2nd half of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration Large puzzle initials in blue and red, with red and blue penwork decoration (f. 10, 74, 235). Large initials in blue with red pen-flourishing or in red with blue or brown pen-flourishing. Paraphs in red or brown. Highlighting of letters in red. From f. 145v-209v, small initials in blue or red.
Dimensions in mm 110 x 80 (75x 60)
Part 2 ff. 6-9 
Title Series of drawings illlustrating the Tristan romance
Origin England, ?S. E. (?London)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 13th century
Language None
Decoration 8 full-page drawings in ink, some with wash in green, red, or blue.
Dimensions in mm 110 x 80
Official foliation ff. 277 ( + 1 unfoliated modern paper flyleaf and 1 parchment leaf at the beginning, after f. 4, and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. White leather over thick wooden boards; pattern in red and blue on the edges.
Provenance Thomas Addenbrooke of Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, writer of a letter to George Washington in 1771 and of an account of an earthquake at Shifinall in 1773, inscribed 'Thomas Addenbrooke. Bought at Shrewsbury 1772' (f. 5); 'A Collection of Essays on Various Subjects with the Fables of Esop Thomas Addenbrooke bought at Shrewsbury 1772' (f. 4).
Purchased by the British Museum at Sotheby's 18 June 1839: inscribed 'lot*316' (f. [ii]).
Notes For a description of the contents see Ward and Herbert (1893) and Hunt (1987)
According to Hunt, the manuscript is a monastic book desiged for edification (see Hunt (1987), p. 51).
An edition of this manuscript (ff. 189-210) in Léopold Hervieux, Les Fabulistes Latins, 6 vols (Paris: Librairie de Firmin-Didot, 1884-99), II: Phèdre et ses anciens imitatuers (1884), pp. 436-79; it is apparently one of two surviving copies of this text.
Select bibliography Thomas Wright, Latin Stories, Percy Society (London, 1842), pp. 136-73, 244-49 [edition of Aesop's fables from this manuscript].

Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1836-1840 (London: British Museum, 1843), p. 8.

Léopold Hervieux, Les Fabulistes Latins, 5 vols (Paris : Librairie de Firmin-Didot, 1884-99), I: Phèdre et ses anciens imitateurs, (1893), pp. 577-82; II: Phèdre et ses anciens imitateurs (1884), pp. 436-79.

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), 342-47.

Lloyd William Daly and Wather Suchier, Altercatio Hadriani Augusti et Epicteti Philosophi, Illinois Studies in Language and Literature, 24 1-2 (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois, 1939), Part II: Walter Suchier, Die Altercatio Hadriani Augusti et Epicteti Philosophi: Nebst einigen verwandten Texten, p. 164 no. 59.

Tony Hunt, 'The Tristan Illustrations in MS London, BL Add. 11619', in Rewards and Punishments in the Arthurian Romances and Lyric Poetry of Mediaeval France, ed. by Peter V. Davies and Angus J. Kennedy, Arthurian Studies, 17 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987), pp. 45-60.

Alison Stones, 'Arthurian Art Since Loomis', in Arturus Rex, vol II: Acta Conventus Lovaniensis 1987, ed. by Willy Van Hoecke, Mediaevalia Lovaniensia, Series 1, Studia, 17 (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 1991), pp. 21-78 (p. 28).

Julia Walworth, 'Tristan in Medieval Art', in Tristan and Isolde: A Casebook, ed. by Joan Tasker Grimbert (New York: Garland, 1995), 255-300 (p. 291, pl. 14).

Stephanie Cain Van d'Elden, 'Discursive Illustrations in three Tristan manuscripts' in Word and Image in Arthurian Literature, ed. by Keith Busby (New York: Garland, 1996), pp. 284-319 (p. 288-291, 295-96, figs. 9.12-9,19).

La légende du roi Arthur, ed. by Thierry Delcourt (Paris: Bibiothèque nationale de France, 2009), no. 76 [exhibition catalogue].

Imagining the Past in France, ed. by Elizabeth Morrison and Anne D. Hedeman (Los Angeles: The Getty Trust, 2010), pp 259-308 (p. 292, n. 11) [exhibition catalogue].

Richard Trachsler, 'Tristan, un dragon et quatre manuscrits' in Des Tristan en vers au Tristan en prose : hommage à Emmanuèle Baumgartner ed. by Laurence Harf-Lancner and others (Paris: Champion, 2009), pp. 371-87 (p. 385).


Part  2   ff. 6-9
Series of drawings illlustrating the Tristan romance
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Tristan at court

f. 6
Tristan at court
Tristan in the bath

f. 6v
Tristan in the bath
Tristan slays the dragon

f. 7
Tristan slays the dragon
Death of Morgan

f. 7v
Death of Morgan
Mark spying on Tristan and Isolde

f. 8
Mark spying on Tristan and Isolde
Boat at sea

f. 8v
Boat at sea
Boat at sea

f. 9
Boat at sea
Isolde at Mark's court

f. 9v
Isolde at Mark's court

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