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Detailed record for Royal 18 D VII

Author Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by Laurent de Premierfait
Title Des Cas des nobles hommes et femmes (De casibus virorum illustrium in French translation)
Origin France, N. (Rouen?)
Date c. 1440
Language French
Script Gothic
Artists Attributed to the Talbot Master
Decoration 1 large miniature in colours and gold, with a full border, at the beginning of the first prologue (f. 2). 9 one-column miniatures in colours and gold, at the beginning of books (ff. 6, 29v, 52, 79v, 106, 129, 155, 175, 203). Large foliate initials in colours and gold with partial borders, at the beginning of books. Initials and paraphs in gold on blue and rose grounds with penwork decoration in white, initials with ivy extensions. Line-fillers in rose, blue, and gold with penwork decoration in white.
Dimensions in mm 430 x 320 (265 x 200)
Official foliation ff. ii + 232 (+ 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf attached to a modern paper flyleaf at the beginning at the end, ff. i is a medieval parchment flyleaf attached to a modern paper flyleaf, and ff. ii and 1 are medieval parchment flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal Library parchment binding.
Provenance Added table of the significations of numbers, 15th century (f. 1).
Mary Lewis, daughter of Sir Henry Lewis and Elizabeth Beaufort, second wife of Anthony Woodville [or Wydeville] (b. c. 1440, d. 1483), 2nd earl Rivers, married c. 1480: inscribed with her name 'Marie Rivieres' (f. ii).
?Shelfmark of a very large number in brown ink (Carley's 'Old Large Number') '91' (f. i).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): perhaps to be identified with 'Bocace le petit' included in the list of books at Richmond Palace, of 1535; and in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, ff. 13 or 14v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Contains the second translation of De casibus virorum illustrium of Boccaccio made by Laurent de Premierfait in 1409, and dedicated to Jean, duke of Berry.
According to Reynolds 1988, illuminated by the Talbot Master.
The iconography of the miniatures is very close to the cycle in Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, fr. 131, attributed to the Master of the Cité des Dames, which is known to have been in Rouen by at least 16th century (see Reynolds 1988).
Catchwords and bifolium signatures.
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. 7).

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, p. 313.

Carla Bozzolo, Manuscrits des traductions françaises d'oeuvres de Boccaccio, XVe siècle, Medioevo e Umanesimo, 13 (Padua: Editrice Antenore, 1973), pp. 137-38.

Giovanni Boccaccio: Catalogue of an Exhibition held in the Reference Division of the British Library 3 October to 31 December 1975 (London: British Museum Publications, 1975), no. 35 [exhibition catalogue].

Catherine Reynolds, 'Illustrated Boccaccio Manuscripts in the British Library (London)', Studi sul Boccaccio, 17 (1988), 113-81 (pp. 164-66).

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), H1.41.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 72 [exhibition catalogue].
Last revised: 18 September 2009


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Presentation scene

f. 2
Presentation scene
Presentation scene

f. 2
Presentation scene
Boccaccio with Adam and Eve

f. 6
Boccaccio with Adam and Eve
 
Death of Saul

f. 29v
Death of Saul
Fortune and Poverty at the crossroads

f. 52
Fortune and Poverty at the crossroads
Death of Manlius

f. 79v
Death of Manlius
 
Berenice

f. 106
Berenice
Executions

f. 129
Executions
Executions

f. 129
Executions
 
Death of Antonius

f. 155
Death of Antonius
Boccaccio and Petrarch

f. 175
Boccaccio and Petrarch
Boccaccio and Petrarch

f. 175
Boccaccio and Petrarch
 
Death of Brunhilda

f. 203v
Death of Brunhilda
Death of Brunhilda

f. 203v
Death of Brunhilda

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