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Detailed record for Royal 15 D VI

ff. 1-614v 
Author Livy, translated by Pierre Bersuire
Title Ab urbe condita (Les decades de Titus Livius)
 
ff. 330, 350v, 374, 398, 421v, 438v, 479v, 494, 513v, 530v, 544, 564v, 583, 601v 
Author Livy, translated by Pierre Bersuire
Title Ab urbe condita (Les decades de Titus Livius)
 
Origin France, Central (Paris?)
Date Last decade of the 14th century
Language French
Script Gothic
Decoration 3 large miniatures divided in 4 compartments, in colours and gold, with full borders and large foliate initials in colours and gold, at the beginning of each decade (ff. 7, 241, 462). 14 one-column miniatures in colours and gold, with full borders, at the beginning of each book (ff. 12, 18, 37v, 65, 93, 115v, 136v, 152v, 170v, 189v, 213v, 264v, 288, 309v), and 14 full borders (330, 350v, 374, 398, 421v, 438v, 479v, 494, 513v, 530v, 544, 564v, 583, 601v). Small foliate initials in colours and gold with extensions. Initials in gold on blue and rore grounds with penwork decoration in gold. Line-fillers in blue, rose and gold with penwork decoration in white.
Dimensions in mm 440 x 300 (295 x 200)
Official foliation ff. 614 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf, at the beginning and at the end; 1 blank folio after f. 11)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal library binding with the royal arms and gilded edges, 1957.
Provenance Edward IV (b. 1442, d. 1483), king of England and lord of Ireland: probably acquired by him: perhaps to be identified with 'Titus Livius' mentioned in the Great Wardrobe Account of 1480 (see McKendrick 1994).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): probably to be identified with 'Titus Livius' included in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 54.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Contains the 'Ab urbe condita' of Livy, translated by Pierre Bersuire (ca. 1290-1362), as 'Les decades de Titus Livius', for John II, King of France, c.1354-c. 1356: 'Cy commence le livre que fist Titus Livius des excellens fais des Rommains, lequel contient trois decades, translate de latin en françois a la requeste du roy Jehan, comme il est specifié et declaré ou prologue du translateur'.
Preceded by a list of contents (ff. 1-6v), the prologue (ff. 7-8), and a glossary (ff. 8-11).
Catchwords and quire 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. 8).

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. 174-75.

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, p. 200.

R. H. Lucas, 'Medieval French Translations of the Latin Classics to 1500', Speculum, 45 (1970), 225-53 (p. 239).

Scot McKendrick, 'The Romuléon and the Manuscripts of Edward IV', in England in the Fifteenth Century, ed. by Nicholas Rogers, Harlaxton Medieval Studies, 4 (Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1994), pp. 149-69 (p. 159, n. 55)

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.52.

Pamela Porter, Medieval Warfare in Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2000), p. 25.

Frédéric Duval and Françoise Vielliard, Miroir des classiques, Traduction de l'ouvrage : T. Livius (Tite-Live) . Ab Urbe condita libri CXLII, <
http://elec.enc.sorbonne.fr/miroir/titelive/traduction/?para=bersuire> > [accessed 4 June 2009].


Images

ff. 1-614v
Livy, translated by Pierre Bersuire Ab urbe condita (Les decades de Titus Livius)
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John II

f. 7
John II
John II

f. 7
John II
Death of Hasdrubal

f. 241
Death of Hasdrubal
 
Death of Hasdrubal

f. 241
Death of Hasdrubal
Knights

f. 513v
Knights
Knights

f. 513v
Knights
 

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