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Detailed record for Lansdowne 1178

Author Titus Livius , translated by Pierre Bersuire
Title Ab Urbe Condita, the first decade only
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date c.1415 to c.1420
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Master of Boethius BnF fr. 12459
Master of the Berry Apocalypse
Decoration 1 large miniature divided into four compartments, accompanied by a large decorated initial including heraldic arms, and a full foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 19). 9 small miniatures accompanied by large decorated initials including heraldic arms or emblems, and three-sided foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 53v, 90, 130v, 164v, 196v, 222, 248, 274, 306). 1 large decorated initial including heraldic arms, and a three-sided foliate border, in red, blue and gold (f. 1). Smaller initials in gold on red and blue grounds, with foliate extensions into the margins. Small initials and line-fillers in gold on red and blue grounds.
Master of the Berry Apocalypse (attribution Mara Hofmann).
Dimensions in mm 360 x 270 (250 x 175) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 334 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Green leather; marbled endpapers; painted edges.
Provenance Béraud III of Clermont-Sancerre (b. 1350, d.1426), dauphin d'Auvergne (1399-1426), comte de Sancerre (1419-1426), seigneur de Sagonne (1419-1426): arms, crest and his emblems, a crowned basket and a blue (wounded) dog, in initials and borders (ff. 1, 19, 53v, 90, 130v, 164v, 196v, 222, 248, 274,306); for other manuscripts owned by Béraud see Paris 1400. Les arts sous Charles VI (Paris: Fayard, 2004), nos 74-75.
Gilbert deBourbon, Count of Montpensier, (b. 1443, d. 1496), bequeathed to his son, Charles de Montpensier, Duke of Bourbon (b.1490, d. 1527), and in the 1507 inventory of his possessions.
Count Justin de MacCarthy-Reagh (b. 1744, d. 1811): his sale, London, 18 May 1789, lot 1639.
William Petty (formerly Fitzmaurice) (b. 1737, d. 1805), 2nd earl of Shelburne and 1st marquess of Lansdowne, prime minister: his book-plate (pasted to 2nd flyleaf); purchased by the British Museum together with 1244 other Lansdowne manuscripts in 1807.
Select bibliography [Henry Ellis and Francis Douce], A Catalogue of the Lansdowne Manuscripts in the British Museum (London, 1819), n. 1178.

Walter De Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Illustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 18.

Robert Lucas, 'Medieval French Translations of the Latin Classics to 1500', Speculum, 45 (1970) , 225-53 (p. 239).

Inge Zacher, 'Die Livius-Illustrationene in der Pariser Buchmakerei (1370-1420), (Unpublished doctoral thesis, Freien Universität Berlin, 1971), pp. 10, 64.

Scot McKendrick, 'La vray histoire de Troye la grant': Truth and Romance in the Late Medieval Story of Troy in Literature and Art', in Why fakes matter: essays on problems of authenticity, ed. by Mark Jones (London: British Museum Press, 1992), pp. 71-87 (p. 75 n. 27).

Inès Villela-Petit, 'Deux visions de la Cité de Dieu : Le Maître de Virgile et le Maître de Boèce', Art de l'enluminure, 17 (2006), 2-19 [on the Boethius master].

Inès Villela-Petit, 'Le Maître de Boèce et le Maître de Giac, enlumineurs de la guerre', Art de l'enluminure, 31 (2009), 24-44, [on the Boethius master].

Frédéric Duval and Françoise Vielliard, Miroir des classiques, Traduction de l'ouvrage : T. Livius (Tite-Live) . Ab Urbe condita libri CXLII, <
http://elec.enc.sorbonne.fr/miroir/titelive/traduction/?para=bersuire> [accessed 4.6. 2009].
Last revised: 30 November 2006


Images
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Ab Urbe Condita

f. 19
Ab Urbe Condita
Romulus and Remus

f. 19
Romulus and Remus
Coat of Arms

f. 19
Coat of Arms
 
Coat of arms

f. 19
Coat of arms
Detail of border

f. 19
Detail of border
Blue dog

f. 19
Blue dog
 
Pierre Bersuire

f. 19
Pierre Bersuire
Romulus and Remus

f. 19
Romulus and Remus
King  with courtiers and monks

f. 19
King with courtiers and monks
 
Knights in battle

f. 19
Knights in battle
Investiture of the Consuls

f. 53v
Investiture of the Consuls
Investiture of the Consuls

f. 53v
Investiture of the Consuls
 
Blue wounded dog

f. 53v
Blue wounded dog
Quincius Fabius

f. 90
Quincius Fabius
Quincius Fabius

f. 90
Quincius Fabius
 
Crowned basket

f. 90
Crowned basket
Border

f. 90
Border

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