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Detailed record for Royal 17 E IV

Author Publius Ovidius Naso
Title Metamorphoses, second anonymous French translation (Ovide moralisé)
Origin Netherlands, S.
Date Last quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large miniature in colours, with a full border and an initial in colours with penwork decoration in gold, at the beginning of book 1 of the Metamorphoses (f. 13). 15 one-column miniatures in colours and gold, with partial borders, at the beginning of other books (ff. 24v, 40v, 55, 76, 87v, 102, 118, 136, 155, 172v, 193, 222, 241v, 259v, 272). Initials and paraphs in gold on blue and rose grounds with penwork decoration in white. Space left for an initial (ff. 317).
Dimensions in mm 410 x 290 (260 x 185)
Official foliation ff. 325 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end, 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the end; 1 blank parchment leaf after f. 271)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1970. Gilt edges.
Provenance The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 42; and in the catalogue of 1666, Appendix 71, f. 12v, as '29.1. Metamorphoses d'Ovide'.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Includes: Publius Ovidius Naso, the Metamorphoses in the second anonymous French translation (Ovide moralisé), with a prologue and a list of contents (ff. 1-271);
Christine de Pisan, L'Epistre Othea (ff. 272-316);
Pseudo-Bernard of Clairvaux (Bernardus Sylvestris), the Epistola de curia rei familiaris ad Raimundum, translated by Jean Miélot as L'epistre de S. Bernard de la regle et maniere comment le mensange d'un bon hostel doit estre prouffitablement gouverné (ff. 317-319);
Alain Chartier, Le bréviaire des nobles (ff. 319-322v) and Les complaintes des ix malheureux et des ix malheureuses (ff. 323-325).
Catchwords written vertically and bifolium signatures; foliation in red beginning on f. 13.
Select bibliography H. Omont, 'Les manuscrits français des rois d'Angleterre au château de Richmond', in Etudes romanes dédiés à Gaston Paris (Paris: É. Bouillon, 1891), pp. 1-13 (p. 7).

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, p. 259.

Curt F. Bühler, 'Sir John Fastolf's Manuscripts of the Épître D'Othéa and Stephen Scrope's Translation of this Text', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 3 (1949), 123-28 (p. 124).

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Catalogue of Astrological and Mythological Illuminated Manuscripts of the Latin Middle Ages, 4 vols (London: The Warburg Institute, 1953), III: Manuscripts in English Libraries, pp. 213-15.

Rosamund Tuve, 'Notes on the Virtues and Vices', Journal of the Warburg and Courtault Institutes, 26 (1963) 264-303 (p. 282, n. 36).

Gianni Mombello, 'Les complaintes des IX malheureux et de IX Malheureuses: Variations sur le thè me de Neuf Preux et du Vado Mori', Romania, 95 (1966), 345-78 (p. 361).

Gianni Mombello, La tradizione manoscritta dell'Epistre Othea de Chrstine de Pizan: Prolegomeni all'edizione del testo, Memorie dell’Accademia delle Scienze di Torino: Classe di scienze morali, storiche e filologiche, ser. 4. no. 15 (Turin: Accademia delle Scienze, 1967), no. 40.

Robert Lucas, 'Medieval French Translations of the Latin Classics to 1500', Speculum, 45 (1970), 225-53 (p. 244).

The Poetical Works of Alain Chartier ed. by James C. Laidlaw (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974, p. 45.

Martin Lowry, 'Sister or Country Cousin? The Huntington Recuyell and the Getty Tondal', in Margaret of York, Simon Marmion, and the Visions of Tondal, ed. by Thomas Kren (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992), pp. 103-10 (p. 108).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.40.
Last revised: 18 September 2009


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Birth of Saturn's children

f. 13
Birth of Saturn's children
Pyramus and Thisbe

f. 55
Pyramus and Thisbe
Pyramus and Thisbe

f. 55
Pyramus and Thisbe
 
Pyramus and Thisbe

f. 55
Pyramus and Thisbe
Phineus disturbing Perseus' wedding

f. 76
Phineus disturbing Perseus' wedding
Pallas and Arachne at the loom

f. 87v
Pallas and Arachne at the loom
 
Pallas and Arachne at the loom

f. 87v
Pallas and Arachne at the loom
Jason yoking the oxen

f. 102
Jason yoking the oxen
Wrestling of Hercules and Achelous

f. 136
Wrestling of Hercules and Achelous
 
Orpheus, Eurydice, and fiends

f. 155
Orpheus, Eurydice, and fiends
Glaucus visiting Circe

f. 241v
Glaucus visiting Circe
Othea and Hector

f. 272
Othea and Hector
 

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