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Detailed record for Additional 11575

Title Spiegel van der Menschen Behoudenisse (translation of the Speculum Humanae Salvationis)
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language Dutch
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 153 column-width pen drawings with ink colour wash, some with gold (e.g., f. 65v). Initials in blue with penwork decoration in red. Partial borders. Initials highlighted in red at the beginning of each line.
Dimensions in mm 265 x 192 (215 x 145)
Official foliation ff. 102 (ff. 1-5 are modern paper leaves + 4 unfoliated paper leaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Georg Franz Burkhard Kloss (b. 1787, d. 1854) of Frankfurt, his inscription and shelfmark, 'N. 18', on the inside upper board.
John Cochran, London bookseller: in his catalogue, A Second Catalogue of Manuscripts, London, 1837, lot 137.
Purchased by the British Museum from Thomas Rodd, the younger (b. 1796, d. 1849), London bookseller, 11 May 1839.
Notes ff. 1-5 contain a description and table of contents in a modern hand.
Select bibliography Robert Priebsch, Deutsche Handschriften in England, 2 vols (in 1 vol.) (Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1979), II: Das British Museum mit einem Anhang über die Guildhall-Bibliothek (first publ. as 2 vols, Erlangen, 1896-1901), p. 114.

Jules Lutz and Paul Perdrizet, Speculum humanae salvationis, Bd. I, Mühlhausen 1907, p. 104, no. 238.

Edgar Breitenbach, 'Speculum Humanae Salvationis. Eine Typengeschichtliche Untersuchung', in Studien zur deutschen Kunstgeschichte, 272 (Strassbourg, 1930), p. 23, no. 238.

De Spieghel der menscheliker behoudenesse: de Middelnederlandse vertaling van het Speculum humanæ salvationis, ed. by L. M. Daniels (Tielt: Uitgeverij Lannoo,1949) [an edition of the text of this manuscript].

Adrian Wilson and Joyce Lancaster Wilson, A Medieval Mirror: Speculum humanae salvationis 1324-1500 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984), p. 87, pl. III-30 [with additional bibliography]

Bert Cardon 'Pre-Eyckian Originality: The Middle Dutch Speculum Humanae Salvationis (London, B.L., Add. MS. 11575) and the Tradition', in Flanders in a European Perspective: Manuscript Illumination Around 1400 in Flanders and Abroad, ed. by Maurits Smeyers and Bert Cardon (Leuven, 1995), pp. 267-83.

Bert Cardon, Manuscripts of the Speculum humanae salvationis in the southern Netherlands (c. 1410-c. 1470) (Leuven, 1996).

Maurits Smeyers, Flemish Miniatures from the 8th to the mid-16th Century (Leuven: Brepols, 1999), pl. 32 on p. 199, pl. 44 on p. 207.

Joost Roger Robbe, Der mittelniederländische Spieghel onser behoudenisse und seine lateinische Quelle: Text, Kontext und Funktion, Niederlande-Studien 48, (Münster 2010), p. 117, no. 16.


Images
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Moses

f. 18r
Moses
Flight into Egypt

f. 25
Flight into Egypt
Men carrying the Ark

f. 29
Men carrying the Ark
 
David with Goliath's head on a pole

f. 37
David with Goliath's head on a pole
Christ blindfolded

f. 45v
Christ blindfolded
Achior tied to a tree

f. 48v
Achior tied to a tree
 
Jonah and the whale

f. 65v
Jonah and the whale

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