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Detailed record for Royal 4 D VIII

Author Peter Lombard
Title Pauline Epistles, glossed with the commentary of Peter Lombard
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written above top line
Artists Almagest Master
Decoration 12 historiated initials in colours and gold, with display script, at the beginning of each Epistle (ff. 39v, 72v, 87, 103v, 109v, 114v, 118v, 121, 126, 129, 138, 138v). Initials in red with blue pen-flourishing, or in blue with red pen-flourishing, some with pen-flourished extensions in red and blue. Running titles in red and blue.
Dimensions in mm 390 x 270 (260 x 165), in two columns
Official foliation ff. 155 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end; ff. 152-155 are 16th-century paper flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1970.
Provenance Added chapter numbers, 15th century.
Added 'Preface unto the Lord's Prayer' in English, 16th century (ff. 152-155v).
John Theyer (bap. 1598, d. 1673), antiquary: notes in his hand (f. 5); included in the catalogue of his library left to his grandson Charles Theyer (b. 1651): see E. Bernard, Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae, 3 vols. (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), II, no. 6513 or 6523.
Robert Scott (b. c. 1632, d. 1709/10), London bookseller: included in the catalogue of John Theyer’s manuscripts in his possession, made in 1678 by William Beveridge and William Jane, Royal Appendix, 70, no 294.
Charles II (b. 1630, d.1685), king of England, Scotland, and Ireland: purchased from Scott together with other 311 manuscripts from Theyer's library.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes According to Fronska (in Royal Manuscripts 2011, cat. no 104), illuminated by the Almagest Master, a Parisian illuminator named after the Ptolemy's 'Almagest', Bibliothèque Nationale, ms. lat. 16200, copied in 1213 (for other manuscripts illuminated by him, see F. Avril, 'À quand remontent les premiers ateliers d’enlumineurs laïcs à Paris?', Les Dossiers de l’Archéologie 16 (1976), 38-44 (pp. 38-40) and R. H. Rouse and M. A. Rouse, Manuscripts and Their Makers: Commercial Book Producers in Medieval Paris 1200-1500, 2 vols (Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2000), I, pp. 31-32, 34-35, II, App. 1 D).
2 leaves missing at the beginning: bifolium signatures start with the number III; the text begins 'secundum id seculum quod predestinatus est...'; leaves missing after ff. 71, 86, and 93; ff. 130-139 are misbound: the correct order after f. 129 is ff. 137, 138, 139, 136, 131, 130, 132, 133, with leaves missing containing Hebrew 5:2-6:3, 134, 136.
Names of quoted authors are written in red in the margins, some with red lines indicating the length of quotations, lemmas are underlined in red.
Numerous pointing hands (maniculae).
Bifolium signatures.
Select bibliography 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), I, p. 91.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 104 [exhibition catalogue].

Julia Crick, 'Geoffrey and the Prophetic Tradition', in The Arthur of Medieval Latin literature : the development and dissemination of the Arthurian legend in Medieval Latin, ed. by Siân Echard. (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011), pp. 67-84 (p. 82, n. 80).
Last revised: 17 January 2011


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