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Detailed record for Royal 15 E II

Author Bartholomaeus Anglicus, translated by Jean Corbechon
Title De proprietatibus rerum in French (Livre des proprietez des choses)
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date 1482
Language French
Script Gothic cursive (bâtarde)
Scribe Jean du Ries; f. 282 written by the scribe who copied Royal 15 E III, f. 11-11v
Artists Master of 1482, assistant of the Master of the Flemish Boethius
Decoration 4 large miniatures in colours and gold with full foliate borders (ff. 7, 77v, 165, 247), ad 9 one-column miniatures with partial borders (ff. 10v, 19v, 38, 60, 139v, 213, 265, 270v), all with foliate initials in colours and gold, at the beginning of books. 1 miniature with an instruction for an illuminator in the lower margins, partially trimmed (f. 60). Initials in gold with black pen-flourishing, or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Book numbers in blue with red pen-flourishing. Line-fillers in blue and gold.
Dimensions in mm 470 x 330 (285 x 185)
Official foliation ff. 282 (+ 1 unfoliated modern paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end, and 2 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal Library brown-leather binding with the royal arms of England and a date of 1757; gilt edges.
Provenance Jean du Ries of Bruges, written by him: his colophon and date, 25 May 1482, in Volume II, Royal MS 15 E III (f. 294v).
Edward IV (b. 1442, d. 1483), king of England and lord of Ireland, probably made for him: the royal arms of England (f. 7).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 67; and in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 12v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes First of two volums; volume II is Royal 15 E III.
Contains 'De propreitatibus rerum' of Bartholomaeus Anglicus translated in French in 1372 by Jean Corbechon as the 'Livre des proprietez des choses' for Charles V, king of France; preceded by a list of contents (1-6v).
According to Kren and McKendrick 2003, partially illuminated by an assistant of the Master of the Flemish Boethius (ff. 10v, 19v, 60, 77v, 139).
Catchwords written vertically or horizontally and bifolium signatures. Foliation in red beginning on f. 7.
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. 9).

George Warner], Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series I, (London: British Museum, 1907), pl. 28.

J. A. Herbert, Illuminated Manuscripts (London: Methuen, 1911), p. 314.

H. P. Cholmeley, John of Gaddesden and the Rosa Medicinae (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1912), frontispiece.

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. 175-76.

F. Winkler, Die flämische Buchmalerei des XV. und XVI. Jahrhunderts: Künstler und Werke von den Brüdern van Eyck bis zu Simon Bening (Leipzig: E.A. Seemann, 1925), p. 179.

Loren MacKinney, Medical Illustrations in Medieval Manuscripts, Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 5, 2 parts bound together (London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 1965), with Thomas Herndon, Part II, Medical Miniatures in Extant Manuscripts: A Checklist, nos 2, 86.55.

Margaret Kekewich, 'Edward IV, William Caxton, and Literary Patronage in Yorkist England', The Modern Language Review, 66 (1971) 481-87 (p. 483).

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), no. 897.

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. 27, 39).

J. P. Carley, 'Marks in Books and the Libraries of Henry VIII', Papers-Bibliographical Society of America, 91 (1997), 583-606 (p. 606).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1. 61.

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. 311, n. 7 [exhibition catalogue].

Sophie Page, Magic in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2004), pp. 36-37, pl. 39.

M. T. Southgate, 'A Surgeon and a Line of Patients', JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 9 (2005), p. 2277.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 93 [exhibition catalogue].
Last revised: 17 January 2011


Images
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Charles V

f. 7
Charles V
The Trinity

f. 10v
The Trinity
Circles of angels

f. 19v
Circles of angels
 
Circles of angels

f. 19v
Circles of angels
Man and woman

f. 38
Man and woman
Man and woman

f. 38
Man and woman
 
The four humours

f. 60
The four humours
Patient and physicians

f. 77v
Patient and physicians
Patient and physicians

f. 77v
Patient and physicians
 
Seven Ages of Man

f. 139v
Seven Ages of Man
Seven Ages of Man

f. 139v
Seven Ages of Man
Surgeon and patients

f. 165
Surgeon and patients
 
God and man

f. 213
God and man
Fruit gathering

f. 247v
Fruit gathering
Fruit gathering

f. 247v
Fruit gathering
 
Mason and Carpenter

f. 265
Mason and Carpenter
Mason and Carpenter

f. 265
Mason and Carpenter
Mason and carpenter

f. 265
Mason and carpenter
 
Circles of elements

f. 270v
Circles of elements
Circles of elements

f. 270v
Circles of elements

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