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Detailed record for Royal 19 D VI

Author Guyart des Moulins
Title Bible historiale complétée (Genesis - Psalms)
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date between 1418 and 1420
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Related to the Master of the Berry Apocalypse
Decoration 1 large miniature in colours and gold divided in four compartments, with a full border, at the beginning of the text (f. 3). 59 one-column miniatures in colours and gold, at the beginning of the prologue and other books, some with partially erased instructions to illuminators in French (ff. 9v, 33, 54v, 131v, 160, 239, 242v, 245v, 258v, 262v, 267v, 270, 273, 275v, 278v). Large foliate initials in colours and gold with partial borders, at the beginning of the prologue and each book. Initials in red or blue throughout the text.
Dimensions in mm 450 x 320 (350 x 220)
Official foliation ff. 287 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal library bibding of brown leather; gilt edges.
Provenance The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): perhaps included in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 14.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes First volume of two; the second volume is Royal 19 D VII.
Contains the Bible Historiale complétée, a French adaptation of Peter Comestor's Historia scholastica by Guyart des Moulins (c. 1291-95).
According to Meiss 1974, related to the Master of the Berry Apocalypse, active about 1407-1418/1420.
Catchwords and bifolium signatures.
Select bibliography Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Ilustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 13.

Samuel Berger, La bible française au moyen âge (Paris: Champion, 1884), p. 394.

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. 8).

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. 346-47.

Millard Meiss, with Kathleen Morand and Edith W. Kirsch, French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry: The Boucicaut Master, National Gallery of Art Kress Foundation Studies in the History of European Art, 3 (London: Phaidon, 1968), p. 148, n. 9.

Millard Meiss, with Sharon Off Dunlap Smith and Elizabeth Home Beaton, French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry: The Limbourgs and Their Contemporaries, 2 vols (London: Thames and Hudson, 1974), I, p. 370.

Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Medieval Illuminators and their Methods of Work (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992), p. 166, n. 51.

Akiko Komada, 'Les illustrations de la Bible Historiale: les manuscrits réalisés dans le Nord', 4 vols (Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Université Paris IV, 2000), III, no. 43, pp. 777-79.


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