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Detailed record for Royal 18 E V

Title Chronique of Baudouin d'Avennes (L'histoire tripartite, Le trésor de sapience)
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges?)
Date 1473 and c. 1480
Language French
Script Gothic cursive (bâtarde)
Artists Master of the Soane Josephus; follower of Loyset Liédet
Decoration 12 large miniatures in colours and gold, with full borders with spaces left for a coat of arms, and initials in colours with penwork decoration in gold, at the beginning of books (ff. 21, 54v, 80, 111, 137v, 158v, 199, 232, 263, 330v, 355v, 365v). 41 one-column miniatures partially in grisaille and gold, with partial borders and foliate initials in colours and gold or initials in colours with penwork decoration in gold, at the beginning of some chapters (ff. 28, 31v, 36, 38v, 40v, 46, 62v, 68v, 73v, 86v, 91, 94v, 99, 103v, 118v, 121, 123v, 125v, 130, 133, 141, 149, 153v, 161, 182, 206, 212, 221, 227, 244, 248v, 286, 298v, 321v, 326, 339, 343v, 353, 363v, 371, 375v). Initials and paraphs in gold with black pen-flourishing, or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Line-fillers in blue and gold.
Dimensions in mm 465 x 325 (305 x 210)
Official foliation ff. 390 (+ 1 unfoliated modern paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal library binding of brown leather with the royal arms, the date of 1757, and gilt edges
Provenance Written in 1473: colophon 'Cy fine lhistoire tripartite / qui fut escripte et finee le / xxviie jour de mars lan de / lincarnation nostre seigne[u]r / mil iiii c lxxiii. / Libro finito sit laus et gloria Christo.' (f. 390).
Edward IV (b. 1442, d. 1483), king of England and lord of Ireland, perhaps acquired by him.
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the list of books at Richmond Palace in 1535, no. 1; included in the catalogue of 1666, f. 11v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Includes the Chronique written for Badouin d'Avennes (or Avesnes) (1219-1289), preceded by a list of contents (ff. 1-19) and the prologue (f. 20).
According to Kren and McKendrick 2003, illuminated c. 1480; the large miniatures painted by the Master of the Soane Josephus (ff. 21, 54v, 80, 111, 137v, 158v, 199, 232, 263, 330v, 355v, 365v), named after John Soane's Museum 1, and the small miniatures attributed to the follower of Loyset Liédet who was also responsible for some miniatures in Royal 15 D. i.
Bifolium signatures. Foliation in red.
Select bibliography 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. 5).

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. 315-16.

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Catalogue of Astrological and Mythological Illuminated Manuscripts of the Latin Middle Ages, 4 vols (London: The Warburg Institute, 1953), III: Manuscripts in English Libraries, pp. 216-17.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 908.

Janet Backhouse, 'Founders of the Royal Library: Edward IV and Henry VII as Collectors of Illuminated Manuscripts', in England in the Fifteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1986 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by David Williams (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1987), pp. 23-42 (pp. 26, 40).

Lilian M. C. Randall, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery, 3 vols (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989-1997), III: Belgium, 1250-1530, 2 parts, I, p. 273.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.1.

Scott McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), pl. 28.

Thomas Kren and Scot McKendrick, Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003), p. 292 [exhibition catalogue].

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 55 [exhibition catalogue].
Last revised: 01 June 2011


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Gideon's battle

f. 54v
Gideon's battle
Gideon's battle

f. 54v
Gideon's battle
Gideon's battle

f. 54v
Gideon's battle
 
Text page

f. 55
Text page
Aeneas and Dido

f. 73v
Aeneas and Dido
Death of Samson

f. 80
Death of Samson
 
Death of Samson

f. 80
Death of Samson
Romulus and Remus

f. 111
Romulus and Remus
Romulus and Remus

f. 111
Romulus and Remus
 
Daniel in the lion's den

f. 125v
Daniel in the lion's den
Daniel in the lion's den

f. 125v
Daniel in the lion's den
Judith

f. 137v
Judith
 
Judith

f. 137v
Judith
Mattathias

f. 232
Mattathias
Blank arms

f. 232
Blank arms
 
Mattathias

f. 232
Mattathias
Death of Aristobulus and murder of Antigonus

f. 263
Death of Aristobulus and murder of Antigonus
Death of Aristobulus and murder of Antigonus

f. 263
Death of Aristobulus and murder of Antigonus
 
Caesar

f. 330v
Caesar
Caesar

f. 330v
Caesar
Murder of Julius Caesar

f. 355v
Murder of Julius Caesar
 
Murder of Julius Caesar

f. 355v
Murder of Julius Caesar
Annunciation to Zacharias

f. 365v
Annunciation to Zacharias
Annunciation to Zacharias

f. 365v
Annunciation to Zacharias
 

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