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Detailed record for Additional 10290

Part 1 ff. 2-161 
Author Raoul Lefèvre
Title Historie van Jason (translation of the Histoire de Jason), with a prologue addressed to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy
Origin N. Netherlands (Gouda?)
Date Between 1475 and 1480
Language Dutch
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Master of the London Jason
Decoration 20 half-page tinted drawings illustrating the legend of Jason, in brown, blue and pink (ff. 2, 3v, 6v, 9, 23v, 32, 37v, 41v, 53, 58, 77v, 82, 91, 106v, 118, 130v, 138, 144, 152, 157). Initials and line-fillers in red. Rubrics underlined in red.
Dimensions in mm 270 x 195 (190 x 130)
 
Part 2 ff. 162-227 
Author Jacobus de Cessolis
Title Dat Scaecspel (Chess Book: a translation of the Liber de moribus hominum et officiis nobilium ac popularium super ludo scaccorum),
Origin Netherlands, N.
Date c. 1474
Language Dutch
Script Gothic hybrid
Artists Master of the London Jason
Decoration 13 tinted drawings, one of each of the classes of society in brown, blue and pink (ff. 165, 171v, 176, 183, 197, 202v, 205v, 208v, 211, 215, 219). Puzzle initial in red and blue with pen flourishing and partial border in red and brown (f. 162). Initials in red or blue and highlighting in red.
Dimensions in mm 270 x 195 (190 x 130)
 
Official foliation ff. 1*+ 227 (f. 1* is a paper flyleaf + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 5 at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Olive morocco with gilt fore-edges.
Provenance The first section of the manuscript, containing the Historie van Jason, was in Haarlem in c.1485, when it was used as a model for an edition by Jacob Bellaert (Hellinga, Texts in Transit (2014), pp. 323-27).
The Rev. Jacob Revius, given to him by Henricus ab Heydendal in 1630, title inscription (f. 1v).
Hubertus Gregorius van Vryhoff (b. 1704, d. 1754): ownership inscription (f. 1v).
Cornelis Ploos van Amstel (b. 1726, d. 1798), his ownership inscription and armorial bookplate, dated 1779 (f. 1v).
Balthazar Huydecoper, Jacob Koning, former owners.
Richard Heber (b. 1774, d. 1833), book collector: his sale, February 1836, lot 958, purchased by the British Museum.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
The two parts of this manuscript were bound together at an early date:quire signatures (a-x) are consecutive in both parts. The parts were copied by different hands but the illumination in both parts is attributed to the eponymous Master of the London Jason, to whom several other manuscripts have been ascribed (see Golden Age (1990), pp. 239-41).
The French text, 'Fais et Prouesses de Jason' was written in about 1460 by Raoul Lefevre, chaplain to Philip the Good, in which the ghost of Jason reveals himself to the author as the conqueror of the Golden Fleece.
One of the few extant illustrated Middle Dutch literary texts.
One image is missing at f. 71; the folio has been replaced by a paper leaf with the text copied in a hand of the late 16th century and a square drawn to show where the drawing was placed.
Manufacturing aids (printers' cast-off marks) made by compositors when the manuscript was used as a printer's copy.
Select bibliography H.L.D. Ward and J.A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), I, pp. 92-93.

Gertruda van Schaik-Avelingh, Dat Scaespiel: Introduction to the edition of the Middle Dutch translation (Leiden, 1912).

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierter Handschriften des lateinischen Mittelalters, 4 vols (London: Warburg Institute, 1953), III: Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken, ed. by Harry Bober, pp. 3-7, figs 67, 69.

Raoul Lefevre, L'Histoire de Jason, ed. by Gert Pinkernell (Frankfurt: Atheneum, 1971), pp. 121-241 [an edition of the original text in French].

Lotte Hellinga, 'Notes on the Order of Setting a Fifteenth Century Book', Quaerendo, 4 (1974), 64-69.

A.H. Van Buren, 'The Model Roll of the Golden Fleece', Art Bulletin, 61 (1979), 359-76.

Robert Priebsch, Deutsche Handschriften in England, 2 vols (in 1 vol.) (Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1979), II: Das British Museum mit einem Anhang über die Guildhall-Bibliothek (first publ. as 2 vols, Erlangen: [n. pub.], 1896-1901), p. 105.

The Golden Age of Dutch Manuscript Painting (New York: Braziller, 1990), nos. 2, 79, pl. I 2 [exhibition catalogue].

R. Nieuwstraten, 'The Jason Master as Narrator: The Illustrations to Raoul Lefèvre's Historie vanden Vromen Ridder Jason', in Masters and Miniatures: Proceedings of the Congress on Medieval Manuscript Illumination in the Northern Netherlands, Utrecht, 10-13 December 1989, ed. by Koert van der Horst and Johann-Christian Klamt (Doornspijk: Davaco, 1991), pp. 201-10.

W.C.M. Wüstefeld, Middeleeuwse Boeken van het Catharijneconvent (Zwolle: Waanders, 1993), p. 221, n. 36.

R. Nieuwstraten, 'Overlevering en verandering: de pentekeningen van de Jasonmeester en de houtsneden van de Meester van Bellaert in de Historie van Jason', in Boeken in de late Middeleeuwen: Verslag van de Groningse Codicologendagen, 1992, ed. by J.M.M. Hermans and K. van der Hoek (Groningen: E. Forsten, 1994), pp.111-24.

The Mythical Quest: In Search of Adventure, Romance and Enlightenment, intro. by Penelope Lively (London: British Library, 1996), pl. on p. 12, p. 92.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997), p. 191, no. 169.

Medieval Mastery: Book Illumination from Charlemagne to Charles the Bold 800-1475 (Leuven: Davidsfond, 2002), p. 42.

Lotte Hellinga,Texts in Transit: Manuscript to Proof and Print in the Fifteenth Century (Leiden: Brill, 2014), pp. 63, 82-83, 304-365, 415.


Images

Part  1   ff. 2-161
Raoul Lefèvre Historie van Jason (translation of the Histoire de Jason), with a prologue addressed to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy
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Raoul Lefevre presenting his book to Philip the Good

f. 2
Raoul Lefevre presenting his book to Philip the Good
Jason, King Aeëtes and Medea

f. 91
Jason, King Aeëtes and Medea
Medea, Absirchius  and Hypsipyle

f. 118
Medea, Absirchius and Hypsipyle
 
Medea, Absirchius  and  Hypsipyle

f. 118
Medea, Absirchius and Hypsipyle
Medea rejuvenates King Eson;  King Pelias dies

f. 130v
Medea rejuvenates King Eson; King Pelias dies
Medea's revenge at the wedding of Jason and Creusa

f. 138
Medea's revenge at the wedding of Jason and Creusa
 
Medea's vengeance against Jason

f. 152
Medea's vengeance against Jason

Part  2   ff. 162-227
Jacobus de Cessolis Dat Scaecspel (Chess Book: a translation of the Liber de moribus hominum et officiis nobilium ac popularium super ludo scaccorum),
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Queen on a throne

f. 171v
Queen on a throne

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