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Detailed record for Yates Thompson 29

Title Book of Hours, Use of Rome (the 'Hours of Bonaparte Ghislieri', formerly known as 'The Albani Hours')
Origin Italy, N. (Bologna)
Date c. 1500
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Scribe Pierantonio Sallando
Artists f. 15v signed by Amico Aspertini ‘Amicus Bononiensis’ (b. 1464, d. 1552).
1 miniature (formerly f. 132, now kept seperately as Yates Thompson 29, f. 132) signed by Pietro de Cristoforo Vannucci, known as Perugino (b. c. 1450, d. c. 1523).
f. 74v, all historiated initials and the calendar roundels attributed to Matteo da Milano (documented 1504-1512).
F. 15 attributed to Mariano del Buono (see Gazelli 1985)
Decoration 12 calendar roundels in the lower margin, in colours and gold (ff. 1-12). 4 full-page miniatures with full borders, in colours and gold (ff. 15v, 74v, 127v, 104); a 5th miniature, formerly f. 132, now kept separately as Yates Thompson 29, f. 132. 7 large historiated initials with full 12 calendar roundels in the lower margin, in colours and gold (ff. 1-12). 4 full-page miniatures with full borders, in colours and gold (ff. 15v, 74v, 127v, 104); a 5th miniature, formerly f. 132, now kept separately as Yates Thompson 29, f. 132. 7 large historiated initials with full scatter borders or with all’antica elements, in colours and gold (ff. 16, 23, 75, 101, 105, 128, 133). 8 large historiated initials with partial foliate borders, in colours and gold (ff. 27v, 36, 48, 52, 55v, 58v, 62, 69). Partial foliate borders in the calendar and the litany. Large initials in gold on coloured grounds in red, and/or blue, and/or green, with flowers extending into the margins. Small initials and line-fillers in gold on red, blue or green grounds.
Dimensions in mm 205 x 150 (115 x 75)
Official foliation ff. 135 [f. 132 is kept separately] (+ 1 original flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Collation i8 (ff. 1-8), ii6 (ff. 9-14); iii10+1 (ff. 15-25, f. 15 is inserted), iv-vii10 (ff. 26-65), viii8 (ff. 66-73); ix10+1 (ff. 74-84; f. 74 is inserted), x10 (ff. 85-94), xi10-1 (ff. 95-103; the final blank leaf is excised), xii10+1 (ff. 104-114; f. 104 is inserted), xiii10 (ff. 115-124), xiv10+2-1 (ff. 125-136; ff. 127 and 132 inserted; f. 132 has now been removed and is kept separately).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Cut leather, green and blue silk and gold paper, with miniatures of Gabriel (upper board) and the Virgin Annunciate (lower board); inside boards with embossed and gilt, and medallions of Julius Caesar. Silver clasps, cornerpieces, and frames.
Provenance A member of the Bolognese Ghislieri family, probably Bonaparte Ghislieri (d. 1541), a senator of Bologna, c. 1500: Ghislieri arms, with initials ‘BP’ and ‘GI’ (f. 16), and arms (f. 74v); portrait medallion (f. 7) could be Virgilio, Bonaparte’s father (d. 1523); for a discussion of patronage see Alexander 1994 p. 222.
Bought from the heirs of Cardinal Albani by James Dennistoun in Rome in 1838 (see Yates Thompson Catalogue 1907 p. 146).
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham, 1847: his Appendix Ms. 63; bought from James Dennistoun, for £735, according to the handwritten annotations in the BL Manuscript Department's copy of Catalogue of the Manuscripts at Ashburnham Place: Appendix (London: Hodgson, 1853).
Bertram Ashburnham, 5th earl of Ashburnham: his sale, May 1897, bought by Yates Thompson together with the entire Ashburnham Appendix: book-plate with an inscribed number 'From the Library of the Earl of Ashburnham Appendix no. LXIII May 1897' (1st flyleaf verso).
Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: with his book-plate inscribed '[MS] XCIII / reee.e.e [i.e. £2000.0.0] / [bought from the] Earl of / Ashburnham / 8 May 1897' (1st flyleaf verso); in his sale, 1 May 1899, lot 70, bought by Quaritch (London bookseller) on behalf of Rahir (Paris bookseller) for £467, but returned to the Thompson collection.
Bequeathed to the British Museum by Mrs Henry Yates Thompson in 1941.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
19th-century documents relating to the manuscript are kept as Yates Thompson 52, ff. 9-29.
Select bibliography A Descriptive Catalogue of Twenty Illuminated Manuscripts, Nos. LXXV to XCIV (Replacing Twenty Discarded from the Original Hundred) in the Collection of Henry Yates Thompson (Cambridge: University Press, 1907), no. XCIII pp. 145-52.

A. Serafini, ‘Ricerche sulla miniatura umbra (secoli XIV-XVI): La scuola peruginesca’, L’Arte, 15 (1912), pp. 237-38.

A. Venturi, Storia dell’arte italiana: La pittura del quattrocento (Milan: [n. pub.], 1914), VII, pp. 1012-13.

Illustrations from One Hundred Manuscripts in the Library of Henry Yates Thompson, 7 vols (London: Chiswick Press, 1907-18), VI: Consisting of Ninety Plates Illustrating Seventeen MSS. with Dates Ranging from the XIIIth to the XVIth Century (1916), pp. 36-42, pls LXXIX-LXXXVIII.

Paolo d’Ancona, La miniature italienne du Xe au XVIe siècle (Paris, Brussel: Librairie nationale d'art et d'histoire, 1925), pp. 73, 88, pls LXVIII, LXXXV.

Fiorenzo Canuti, Il Perugino, 2 vols (Siena: [n. pub.], 1931), II, p. 333 n. 56.

J. Wardrop, ‘Pierantonio Sallando and Girolamo Pagliorolo, Scribes to Giovanni II Bentivoglio’, Signature, 2 (1946), pp. 15-16, 28, fig. 14.

Francis Wormald, 'The Yates Thompson Manuscripts', The British Museum Quarterly 16 (1952), 4-6 (p. 6).

Phyllis Pray Bober, Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini: Sketchbooks in the British Museum (London: Warburg Institute, 1957), p. 36, fig. 135 pl. 58.

Mario Salmi, Italian Miniatures (London: Collins, 1957), pp. 57, 64.

Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols (Florence: [n. pub.], 1960) II, pp. 57, 81.

[Derek Howard Turner], Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series V: Fifty Plates (London: British Museum, 1965), nos. XLV, XLVI pp. 23-24, pls. XLV, XLVI.

[Derek Howard Turner], Illuminated Manuscripts Exhibited in the Grenville Library (London, British Museum, 1967), pp. 54-55.

J. J. G. Alexander and A. C. de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts in the Library of Major J. R. Abbey (London: Faber and Faber, 1969), p. 140.

Nicole Dacos, La découverte de la Domus Aurea et la formation des grotesques à la Renaissance (London: Warburg Institute, Leiden: Brill, 1969), pp. 40, 82 n. 2.

A. N. L. Munby, Connoisseurs and Medieval Miniatures 1750-1850 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972), p. 125.

J. J. G. Alexander, Italian Renaissance Illuminations (London: Chatto & Windus, 1977), pp. 116-17, pls. 38-39.

Renaissance Painting in Manuscripts: Treasures from the British Library, ed. by Thomas Kren (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1983), pp. X, 7, 93, no. 16 pp. 123-25, pls XIX-XXI.

P. Tosetti Grandi, ‘Lorenzo Costa miniatore’, in La miniatura italiana tra gotico e rinascimento: Atti del II Congresso di storia della miniatura italiana, Cortona, 1982, ed. by E. Sesti, 2 vols (Florence: Olschki, 1985), I, pp. 334-42, 351-52.

Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento, 2 vols, ed. by Annarosa Garzelli ([Florence]: Giunta regionale toscana, 1985), II, pl. 752.

Anthony Hobson, Humanists and Bookbinders: The Origins and Diffusion of Humanistic Bookbinding 1459-1559 (Cambridge: University Press, 1989), pp. 54, 105-06, 221, figs. 85, 86.

Jonathan J. G. Alexander, 'Matteo da Milano, Illuminator', Pantheon, 50 (1992), 32-45 (p. 41, fig. 28). Reprinted in Alexander, Studies in Italian Manuscript Illumination (London: Pindar Press, 2002), pp. 281-333 (pp. 322, 326, 329).

Fabrizio Lollini, 'Appunti su Matteo da Milano', Studi umanistici Piceni, 12 (1992), 143-54 (pp. 145, 146, figs. 4-5).

The Painted Page: Italian Renaissance Book Illumination 1450-1550, ed. by Jonathan J. G. Alexander (London: Prestel, 1994), pp. 16, 32, no. 117 pp. 222-23.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (London: British Library, 1997), no. 200 p. 225.

Jonathan Alexander, 'Italian Illuminated Manuscripts from the Fourteen to the Sixteenth Centuries in British Collections' in Alexander, Studies in Italian Manuscript Illumination (London: Pindar Press, 2002), pp. 22-54 (p. 35).

Alixe Bovey, Monsters and Grotesques in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2002), p. 44, fig. 36.

The Inventory of H. P. Kraus, Sotheby's, New York, 4-5 December, 2003, p. 505.

Janet Backhouse, Illumination from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), pl. 127.

Hugo Chapman, Tom Henry, and Carol Plazzotta, Raphael: From Urbino to Rome (London: National Gallery, 2004), no. 9 pp. 84-85 [Yates Thompson f. 29, f. 132].

Greg Buzwell, Saints in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2005), p. 23.


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Back inner cover

back inner cover
Back inner cover
Front inner cover

front inner cover
Front inner cover
Back cover

back cover
Back cover
 
Front cover

front cover
Front cover
Spine

spine
Spine
January

f. 1
January
 
January

f. 1v
January
February

f. 2
February
Peter Martyr

f. 2
Peter Martyr
 
February

f. 2v
February
March

f. 3
March
Young male saint

f. 3
Young male saint
 
March

f. 3v
March
April

f. 4
April
April

f. 4v
April
 
May

f. 5
May
May

f. 5v
May
June

f. 6
June
 
June

f. 6v
June
July

f. 7
July
July

f. 7
July
 
Initials and border

f. 7
Initials and border
July

f. 7
July
July

f. 7v
July
 
August

f. 8
August
Laurence

f. 8
Laurence
August

f. 8v
August
 
September

f. 9
September
September

f. 9v
September
October

f. 10
October
 
October

f. 10v
October
November

f. 11
November
Male saint

f. 11
Male saint
 
November

f. 11v
November
December

f. 12
December
Dominic

f. 12
Dominic
 
December

f. 12v
December


f. 13


f. 13v
 


f. 14


f. 14v


f. 15
 
Adoration of the Shepherds

f. 15v
Adoration of the Shepherds
Adoration of the Shepherds

f. 15v
Adoration of the Shepherds
Border

f. 15v
Border
 
Border

f. 15v
Border
Virgin and Child

f. 16
Virgin and Child
Virgin and Child

f. 16
Virgin and Child
 
Border

f. 16
Border
Border

f. 16
Border
Border

f. 16
Border
 


f. 16v


f. 17


f. 17v
 


f. 18


f. 18v


f. 19
 


f. 19v


f. 20


f. 20v
 


f. 21


f. 21v


f. 22
 


f. 22v
Young saint

f. 23
Young saint
Young saint

f. 23
Young saint
 


f. 23v


f. 24


f. 24v
 


f. 25


f. 25v


f. 26
 


f. 26v


f. 27
Catherine of Alexandria

f. 27v
Catherine of Alexandria
 
Catherine of Alexandria

f. 27v
Catherine of Alexandria


f. 28


f. 28v
 


f. 29


f. 29v


f. 30
 


f. 30v


f. 31


f. 31v
 


f. 32


f. 32v


f. 33
 


f. 33v


f. 34v


f. 35
 


f. 35v
Catherine of Siena

f. 36
Catherine of Siena
Catherine of Siena

f. 36
Catherine of Siena
 


f. 36v


f. 37


f. 37v
 


f. 38


f. 38v


f. 39
 


f. 39v


f. 40


f. 40v
 


f. 41


f. 41v


f. 42
 


f. 42v


f. 43


f. 43v
 


f. 44


f. 44v


f. 45
 


f. 45v


f. 46


f. 46v
 


f. 47


f. 47v
John the Baptist

f. 48
John the Baptist
 
John the Baptist

f. 48
John the Baptist


f. 48v


f. 49
 


f. 49v


f. 50


f. 50v
 


f. 51


f. 51v
Francis

f. 52
Francis
 
Francis

f. 52
Francis


f. 52v


f. 53
 


f. 53v


f. 54


f. 54v
 


f. 55
Peter

f. 55v
Peter
Peter

f. 55v
Peter
 


f. 56


f. 56v


f. 57
 


f. 57v


f. 58
Jerome

f. 58v
Jerome
 


f. 59


f. 59v


f. 60
 


f. 60v


f. 61


f. 61v
 
Clare

f. 62
Clare
Clare

f. 62
Clare


f. 62v
 


f. 63


f. 63v


f. 64
 


f. 64v


f. 65


f. 65v
 


f. 66


f. 66v


f. 67v
 


f. 68


f. 68v
Barbara

f. 69
Barbara
 
Barbara

f. 69
Barbara


f. 69v


f. 70
 


f. 70v


f. 71


f. 71v
 


f. 72


f. 72v


f. 73
 


f. 73v


f. 74
Annunciation

f. 74v
Annunciation
 
Annunciation

f. 74v
Annunciation
Border

f. 74v
Border
Virgin and Child

f. 75
Virgin and Child
 
Virgin and Child

f. 75
Virgin and Child
Border

f. 75
Border
Virgin and Child

f. 75
Virgin and Child
 


f. 75v


f. 76


f. 76v
 


f. 77


f. 77v


f. 78
 


f. 78v


f. 79


f. 79v
 


f. 80


f. 80v


f. 81
 


f. 81v


f. 82


f. 82v
 


f. 83


f. 83v


f. 84
 


f. 84v


f. 85


f. 85v
 


f. 86


f. 86v


f. 87
 


f. 87v


f. 88


f. 88v
 


f. 89


f. 89v


f. 90
 


f. 90v


f. 91


f. 91v
 


f. 92


f. 92v


f. 93
 


f. 93v


f. 94


f. 94v
 


f. 95


f. 95v


f. 96
 


f. 96v


f. 97


f. 97v
 


f. 98
Illuminated initials

f. 98v
Illuminated initials
Illuminated initial

f. 99
Illuminated initial
 
Illuminated initial

f. 99v
Illuminated initial
Text page

f. 100
Text page
Blank page

f. 100v
Blank page
 
Virgin Mary

f. 101
Virgin Mary
Virgin Mary

f. 101
Virgin Mary
Illuminated initial

f. 101v
Illuminated initial
 
Text page

f. 102
Text page
Illuminated initial

f. 102v
Illuminated initial


f. 103
 


f. 103v


f. 104
David

f. 104v
David
 
David kneeling

f. 105
David kneeling
David kneeling

f. 105
David kneeling


f. 105v
 


f. 106


f. 106v


f. 107
 


f. 107v


f. 108


f. 108v
 


f. 109


f. 109v


f. 110
 


f. 110v


f. 111


f. 111v
 


f. 112


f. 112v


f. 113
 


f. 113v


f. 114


f. 114v
 


f. 115


f. 115v


f. 116
 


f. 116v


f. 117


f. 117v
 


f. 118


f. 118v


f. 119
 


f. 119v


f. 120


f. 120v
 


f. 121


f. 121v


f. 122
 


f. 122v


f. 123


f. 123v
 


f. 124


f. 124v


f. 125
 


f. 125v


f. 126


f. 126v
 


f. 127
Jerome

f. 127v
Jerome
Mary Magdalene

f. 128
Mary Magdalene
 
Mary Magdalene

f. 128
Mary Magdalene


f. 128v


f. 129
 


f. 129v


f. 130


f. 130v
 


f. 131


f. 131v
Sebastian

f. 132
Sebastian
 
Sebastian

f. 132v
Sebastian
Pentecost

f. 133
Pentecost
Pentecost

f. 133
Pentecost
 


f. 133v


f. 134


f. 134v
 


f. 135


f. 135v

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