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Detailed record for Additional 7970

Author Nicolas Finet
Title Dialogue de la duchesse de Bourgogne a Jesus Christ
Origin Netherlands, S. (Brussels)
Date Between 1468 and 1477
Language French
Script Gothic cursive (bâtarde)
Artists Follower of Dreux Jehan
Decoration 1 full-page miniature of Margaret of York before the resurrected Christ, in colours and gold with a full border, at the beginning of the text (f. 1v). 1 illuminated initial with the arms of Margaret of York in colours and gold (f. 2). Initials in colours and gold with border decoration. 'Champ' initials in gold on blue and rose grounds.
Dimensions in mm 200 x 140 (105 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 142 (+ 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the beginning; ff. 141 and 142 are medieval parchment flyleaves)
Collation iten (ff. 1-10), iieight (ff. 11-18), iiisix (ff. 19-24), iv-viieight (ff. 25-56), viiinine(ff. 57-65), ix-xiieight (ff. 66-97), xiiisix (ff. 98-103), xivsix (ff. 104-109), xv-viieight (ff. 102-133), xviiinine (ff. 134-142; ninth leaf inserted, f. 142)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brabant parchment binding over pasteboard, gold-tooled with central stamp of the Virgin and Child between stars, inscribed Santa Maria Ora Pro Nobis, mid-17th century; gilt edges
Provenance Margaret of York (b. 1446, d. 1503), duchess of Burgundy between 1468 and 1477: composed at her request by her almoner Nicolas Finet; her arms as the duchess of Burgundy (ff. 1v, 2) and motto 'Ben en aviegne'; initials CM for Charles the Bold, duke of Burgundy (d. 1477), Margaret's husband, and Margaret of York (ff. 1v, 11v, 49, 52, 56v, 67, 79v, 90, 109v, 125).
Jeanne de Hallewin (or Halewyn) (d. 1529), lady of Wassenaer, wife of Jan I van Wassenaer, burgrave of Leiden (d. 1494/95) lady-in-waiting of Margaret of York: given to her by the duchess in 1502: autograph inscription by Margaret of York 'margarete dyork; the word 'dyork' erased and replaced with 'de angleterre', 'au done a jane de halevyn dame vessenar et dame de la planc se lyvre lan xv_2' (f. 140v); and an inscription reading 'Z (or 3?). O. W. 2 (?) / Wassenaars' (f. 142v).
Brabant parchment binding similar to that of Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, MS VH 25.432, Collection of works of Claude Chapuisot printed in Brussels in 1630 and owned by the Jesuit College in Leuven from 1648, 17th century (see Exposition de reliures, II: Du XVII siècle a la fin du XIXe (Brussels: Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, 1931), no. 112).
John Cochran, London bookseller; included in his sales catalogue of 1829, no. 647, with the information that the manuscript was acquired from St Petersburg; purchased by the British Museum in 1830 from John Cochran: inscription on the flyleaf.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
This volume was produced as a companion to Nicolas Finet's 'Benois seront le misericordieux', now in Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, MS 9296.
Select bibliography Jon Cochran, A Catalogue of Manuscripts in Different Languages on Theology, English and Foreign History, Heraldry, Philosophy, Poetry, Romances, The Fine Arts (including Calligraphy and some Splendid Persian Drawings), Sports, Alchemy, Astrology, Divination etc., of Various Dates, from Twelfth to the Eighteenth Century, many of them upon Vellum and Adorned with Splendid Illuminations (London: John Cochran, 1829), no 647.

Otto Pächt, The Master of Mary of Burgundy (London: Faber and Faber, 1948), p. 13.

Ervin Panofsky, Early Netherlandish Painting: Its Origins and Character, 2 vols (Cambridge, Mass., 1953), I, p. 463, n. 4.

Georges Dogaer, 'Margareta van York, bibliofiele', Handelingen van de Koninklijke Kring voor Oudheidkunde, Letteren en Kinst van Mechelen, 79 (1975), 99-111 (p. 110).

William Caxton: An Exhibition to Commemorate the Quincentenary of the Introduction of Printing into England (London: British Library), no. 9 [exhibition catalogue].

C. J. Armstrong, 'L'Echange culturel entre les cours d'Angleterre et de Bourgogne à l'époque de Charles le Téméraire', in Cinq-centième Anniversaire de la bataille de Nancy, 1477: Actes du colloque organisé par L'Institut de Recherche régionale en Sciences sociales, humaines et économiques de l'Université de Nancy II (Nancy, 1979), pp. 35-49 (p. 41).

Lotte Hellinga, 'Caxton and the Bibliophiles', in Eleventh International Congress of Bibliophiles, Brussels: Communications, ed. by P. Culot and E. Rouir (Brussels, 1981), pp. 11-38 (pp. 21, n. 13, 24, n. 16).

F. O. Büttner, Imitatio Pietatis: Motive der christlichen Ikonographie als Modelle zur Verähnlichung (Berlin: Mann, 1983), pp. 11, 120, 216-17.

Muriel Hughes, 'The Library of Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy', The Private Library, ser. 3, 7 (1984), 53-78 (pp. 62, 64, no. 13).

Kurtis A. Barstow, 'The Library of Margaret of York and some Related Works', in Margaret of York, Simon Marmion, and the Vision of Tondal: Papers delivered at a symposium organized by the Department of Manuscripts of the J. Paul Getty Museum, in collaboration with the Huntington Library and Art Collections, June 21-24, 1990, ed. by Thomas Kren (Malibu: Getty Museum 1992), pp. 257-62 (p. 258).

Jeffrey Chips Smith, 'Margaret of York and the Burgundian Portrait Tradition', in Margaret of York, Simon Marmion, and the Vision of Tondal: Papers delivered at a symposium organized by the Department of Manuscripts of the J. Paul Getty Museum, in collaboration with the Huntington Library and Art Collections, June 21-24, 1990, ed. by Thomas Kren (Malibu: Getty Museum 1992), pp. 47-56 (p. 50).

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Illumination in the British Library (London: British Library, 1997), p. 192.

Anne F. Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs, Richard III’s Books: Ideals and Reality in the Life and Library of a Medieval Prince (Stroud, Gloucestershire, Sutton, 1997), p. 39.

Maurits Smeyers, Flemish Miniatures from the 8th to the mid-16th Century (Leuven: Brepols, 1999), pl. 29 on p. 376.

Anne Hagopian Van Buren, ‘Dreux Jehan and the Grandes Heures of Philip the Bold’ in ’Als Ich Can’: Liber Amicorum in Memory of Professor Dr. Maurits Smeyers, ed. by Bert Cardon and others, 2 vols (Paris: Uitgeverij Peeters, 2002), pp. 1377-1414 (p. 1403).

Thomas Kren and Scot McKendrick, Illuminating the Renaissance: the Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (2003), [exhibition catalogue], no. 51, pp. 215-16.

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), pls 21-22.

Andrea G. Pearson, 'Gendered Subject, Gendered Spectator: Mary Magdalene in the Gaze of Margaret of York', Gesta, 44 (2005), 47-66.

Women of Distinction: Margaret of York and Margaret of Austria, ed. by Dagmar Eichberger (Leuven: Davidsfonds, 2005), no. 83 [exhibition catalogue].

Charles le Téméraire: Faste et Déclin de la Cour de Bourgogne, ed. by Susan Marti, Till-Holger Borchert, and Gabriele Keck (Brussels: Fonds Mercator, 2008), no. 72. [exhibition catalogue].

Andrea Pearson, 'Productions of Meaning in Portraits of Margaret of York’, in Women and Portraits in Early Modern Europe: Gender, Agency, Identity, ed. by Andrea Pearson (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2008), pp.35-54.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 35, pp. 168, 220, 418, 420 [exhibition catalogue].
Last revised: 09 May 2011


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