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Detailed record for Royal 16 F V

Title Romance of Sydrac and Boctus, treatise on the Seven Deadly Sins
Origin Netherlands, S.
Date Last quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large miniature in colours and gold with a foliate initial in colours and gold, and a full trompe l'oeil border, at the beginning of the Romance of Sydrac and Boctus (f. 1). 1 one-column miniature in colours and gold, with a partial border, at the beginning of the treatise on the Seven Deadly Sins (f. 114). 'Champ' initials in gold on blue and rose grounds with penwork decoration in white.
Dimensions in mm 360 x 245 (245 x 170), in one and two columns
Official foliation ff. I*+ 226 (+ 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, 4 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaves at the beginning and at the end, and 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf attached to a modern paper flyleaf at the end; f. I* is a medieval parchment flyleaf, 1 blank leaf after f. 51)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1660. Royal library parchment binding; gilt and gauffered edges.
Provenance Sir John Donne (d. 1503), soldier and administrator: his arms (f. 1).
John Lumley, 1st baron Lumley (b. c. 1533, d. 1609), collector and conspirator: inscribed with his name (f. 1); listed in the 1609 catalogue of his collection, no. 1767 (see The Lumley Library, 1956)); passed to Henry, prince of Wales.
Henry Frederick, prince of Wales (b. 1594, d. 1612), eldest child of James I: his collection became part of the Royal Library: included in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 11.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Includes the Romance of Sydrac and Boctus (ff. 1-113v) and a treatise on the Seven Deadly Sins, beginning 'Sensuit vng petit tractie des vii. pechiez mortelz', abridged from the corresponding part of the Somme le Roy of Laurent d'Orleans (ff. 114-126v).
Catchwords written vertically, bifolium signatures.
Select bibliography 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), I, p. 914.

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II, pp. 204-05.

The Lumley Library: The Catalogue of 1609, ed. by Sears Jayne and Francis R. Johnson (London: British Museum, 1956), p. 208.

Thomas Kren, 'Introduction', in Margaret of York, Simon Marmion, and the Visions of Tondal, ed. by Thomas Kren (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992), pp. 13-27 (p. 25, n. 40).

Janet Backhouse, 'Sir John Donne's Flemish Manuscripts', in Medieval Codicology, Iconography, Literature, and Translation: Studies for Keith Val Sinclair, ed. by Peter Rolfe Monks and D. D. R. Owen (Leiden: Brill, 1994), pp. 48-57 (p. 52, fig. 13).

Janet Backhouse, 'Founders of the Royal Library: Edward IV and Henry VII as Collectors of Illuminated Manuscripts', in England in the Fifteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1986 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by David Williams (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1987), pp. 23-42 (f. 31).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), p. xlix, n. 94.

Janet Backhouse, 'Memorials and Manuscripts of a Yorkist Elite', in St George's Chapel, Windsor, in the Late Middle Ages, ed. by Colin Richmond and Eileen Scarff, Historical Monographs relating to St George Chapel, Windsor Castle, 17 (Leeds : Maney Publishing, 2001), pp. 151-60 (p. 158).

Peter Lord, The Visual Culture of Wales: Medieval Vision (Cardiff: University of Wales, 2003), pp. 255, fig. 405.


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Presentation of the book

f. 1
Presentation of the book
Presentation of the book

f. 1
Presentation of the book
John on Patmos

f. 114
John on Patmos
 
John on Patmos

f. 114
John on Patmos

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