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Detailed record for Royal 14 E V

Author Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by Laurent de Premierfait
Title Des Cas des nobles hommes et femmes (De casibus virorum illustrium in French translation)
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date c. 1479-c.1480
Language French
Script Gothic cursive (bâtarde)
Artists Master of the White Inscriptions, Master of the Getty Froissart
Decoration 9 large miniatures in colours and gold with full borders and initials in colours and gold, at the beginning of books (ff. 5, 64, 113, 174, 233, 291, 349, 391, 450). 67 smaller miniatures in colours and gold with partial borders and initials in gold and colours, at the beginning of chapters, some with traces of instructions to the illuminators (ff. 121v, 256v, 280v, 488, 492v, 506v). Initials in gold with black pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 480 x 340 (290 x 205), in two columns
Official foliation ff. 513 (+ 1 unfoliated modern paper flyleaf and 1 unfoliated modern parchment flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. The Royal Library binding of brown leather with the royal arms and a date of 1757; gilt edges.
Provenance Edward IV (b. 1442, d. 1483), king of England and lord of Ireland: the royal arms of England (e.g., ff. 5, 13v, 37v); motto of the Garter (f. 192); and a lozenge bearing a white rose of the York family, with a badge 'Dieu et mon droit' (e.g., f. 5); made for him in the Southern Netherlands (Bruges), probably c. 1479- c. 1480: record of payment to the foreign merchant Philip Maisertuell for books and record of books in the Great Wardrobe Accounts of 1480 (see McKendrick 1994).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 33; 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. The manuscript shares the same abbreviated colophon as the one presented to duke of Berry himself, Geneva, Bibliothèque Publique et Universitaire, fr. 19.
Preceded by a list of contents (ff. 1-4v).
Catchwords inscribed vertically. Sequence of small miniatures was probably numbered: numbers 30 and 34 on ff. 363v, 280v.
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. 141.

Paul Durrieu, La Miniature flamande au temps de la cour de Bourgogne (1415-1530) (Paris and Brussels, 1921), pl. LXVI.

F. Winkler, Die fla¨mische Buchmalerei des XV. und XVI. Jahrhunderts: Künstler und Werke von den Brüdern van Eyck bis zu Simon Bening (Leipzig: E. A. Seemann, 1925), pp. 137, 179.

F. Saxl and H. Meier, Catalogue of Astrological and Mythological Illuminated Manuscripts of the Latin Middle Ages, III: Manuscripts in English Libraries (London: Warburg Institute, 1953), p. 199.

Flemish Art 1300-1700, Winter Exhibition 1953-4 (London: Royal Academy of Arts ,1953-54), no. 586.

Margaret Kekewich, 'Edward IV, William Caxton, and Literary Patronage in Yorkist England', The Modern Language Review, 66 (1971) 481-87 (p. 484).

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. 34 [exhibition catalogue].

Otto Pächt, 'La terre de Flandres', Pantheon, 36 (1978), 3-16 (p. 14).

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Manuscript (Oxford: Phaidon, 1979), pl. 61.

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. 24, 27, 39).

Catherine Reynolds, 'Illustrated Boccaccio Manuscripts in the British Library (London)', Studi sul Boccaccio, 17 (1988) 114-81 (pp. 153-59).

Scot McKendrick, 'Lodewijk van Gruuthuse en de Librije van Edward IV', in Lodewijk van Gruuthuse , Mecenas en Europees Diplomaats ca. 1427-1492, ed. by M. P. J. Marten (Bruges: Stichting, 1992), pp. 153-59 (p.159, n. 89).

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. 162, nn. 75, 76).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.33.

Hanno Wijjsman, 'William Lord Hastings, Les Faits de Jacques De Lalaing et le Maître aux inscriptions blanches à propos du manuscrit français 16830 de la Bibliothèque nationale de France', in ’Als Ich Can’: Liber Amicorum in Memory of Professor Dr. Maurits Smeyers, ed. by Bert Cardon and others, 2 vols (Paris: Uitgeverij Peeters, 2002), pp. 1641-64 (p. 1652).

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London, British Library, 2003), pl. 63.

Thomas Kren and Scot McKendrick, Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003), no. 78, pp. 224, 282, 284-86, 289, 304. [exhibition catalogue].

James P. Carley, The Books of King Henry VIII and His Wives, preface by David Starkey (London: British Library, 2004), p. 40, pls. 32, 42.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 61 [exhibition catalogue].


Images
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Jester and monkey

f. 5
Jester and monkey
Jean of Berry

f. 5
Jean of Berry
Jean of Berry

f. 5
Jean of Berry
 
Adam and Eve

f. 13v
Adam and Eve
Medea and Jason

f. 24v
Medea and Jason
Medea and Jason

f. 24v
Medea and Jason
 
Banquet of Thyestes

f. 30
Banquet of Thyestes
Banquet of Thyestes

f. 30
Banquet of Thyestes
Meleager and Atalanta

f. 37v
Meleager and Atalanta
 
Meleager and Atalanta

f. 37v
Meleager and Atalanta
Death of Priam

f. 45v
Death of Priam
Death of Priam

f. 45v
Death of Priam
 
Samson and Delilah

f. 54v
Samson and Delilah
Samson and Delilah

f. 54v
Samson and Delilah
Philistines

f. 64
Philistines
 
Death of Athaliah

f. 74
Death of Athaliah
Death of Athaliah

f. 74
Death of Athaliah
Death of Dido

f. 77v
Death of Dido
 
Death of Dido

f. 77v
Death of Dido
Uzziah

f. 88
Uzziah
Uzziah

f. 88
Uzziah
 
Astyages

f. 94
Astyages
Astyages

f. 94
Astyages
Astyages

f. 94
Astyages
 
Death of Cyrus

f. 105
Death of Cyrus
Death of Cyrus

f. 105
Death of Cyrus
Mettius Fufetius

f. 110
Mettius Fufetius
 
Mettius Fufetius

f. 110
Mettius Fufetius
Fortune

f. 113v
Fortune
Death of Lucretia

f. 121v
Death of Lucretia
 
Lucretia

f. 121v
Lucretia
Cambyses

f. 132v
Cambyses
Cambyses

f. 132v
Cambyses
 
Xerxes

f. 139
Xerxes
Xerxes

f. 139
Xerxes
Death of Artabanus

f. 144v
Death of Artabanus
 
Artabanus

f. 144v
Artabanus
Appius Claudius

f. 147
Appius Claudius
Appius Claudius

f. 147
Appius Claudius
 
Demosthenes

f. 152v
Demosthenes
Demosthenes

f. 152v
Demosthenes
Death of Hanno

f. 163
Death of Hanno
 
Hanno

f. 163v
Hanno
Death of Hanno

f. 164v
Death of Hanno
Death of Hanno

f. 164v
Death of Hanno
 
Evagoras

f. 168
Evagoras
Evagoras

f. 168
Evagoras
Children of Artaxerxes

f. 171v
Children of Artaxerxes
 
Children of Artaxerxes

f. 171v
Children of Artaxerxes
Manlius Capitolinus

f. 174
Manlius Capitolinus
Dionysius

f. 181
Dionysius
 
Dionysius

f. 181
Dionysius
Darius

f. 192
Darius
Darius

f. 192
Darius
 
Olympia

f. 202
Olympia
Olympia

f. 202
Olympia
Agathocles and the wife of Damas

f. 207
Agathocles and the wife of Damas
 
Arsinoe

f. 217v
Arsinoe
Arsinoe

f. 217v
Arsinoe
Arsinoe

f. 217v
Arsinoe
 
Demetrius and Arsinoe

f. 227
Demetrius and Arsinoe
Demetrius and Arsinoe

f. 227
Demetrius and Arsinoe
Demetrius and Arsinoe

f. 227
Demetrius and Arsinoe
 
Antiochus and Seleucus

f. 233
Antiochus and Seleucus
Regulus

f. 239
Regulus
Regulus

f. 239
Regulus
 
Regulus

f. 239
Regulus
Nabis

f. 251
Nabis
Nabis

f. 251
Nabis
 
Antiochus the Great

f. 256v
Antiochus the Great
Antiochus the Great

f. 256v
Antiochus the Great
Hannibal

f. 263v
Hannibal
 
Hannibal

f. 263v
Hannibal
Hannibal

f. 263v
Hannibal
Perses

f. 270
Perses
 
Perses

f. 270
Perses
Alexander Balas

f. 275
Alexander Balas
Gracchus

f. 277
Gracchus
 
Gracchus

f. 277
Gracchus
Demetrius Nicator

f. 280v
Demetrius Nicator
Demetrius Nicator

f. 280v
Demetrius Nicator
 
Jugurtha

f. 287v
Jugurtha
Jugurtha

f. 287v
Jugurtha
Text page

f. 290v
Text page
 
Fortune appearing to Boccaccio

f. 291
Fortune appearing to Boccaccio
Fortune appearing to Boccaccio

f. 291
Fortune appearing to Boccaccio
Mithridates

f. 306
Mithridates
 
Mithridates

f. 306
Mithridates
Herodes

f. 313v
Herodes
Herodes

f. 313v
Herodes
 
Pompey

f. 318v
Pompey
Pompey

f. 318v
Pompey
Ptolemy

f. 329
Ptolemy
 
Ptolemy XII

f. 329
Ptolemy XII
Cicero

f. 334v
Cicero
Cicero

f. 334v
Cicero
 
Antony and Cleopatra

f. 339
Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra

f. 339
Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra

f. 339
Antony and Cleopatra
 
Antinius

f. 348v
Antinius
Antonius

f. 348v
Antonius
Tiberius, Caligula and Messalina

f. 357
Tiberius, Caligula and Messalina
 
Tiberius, Caligula, and Messalina

f. 357
Tiberius, Caligula, and Messalina
Death of Nero

f. 365
Death of Nero
Death of Nero

f. 365
Death of Nero
 
Vitellius

f. 375v
Vitellius
Vitellius

f. 375v
Vitellius
Jerusalem

f. 383
Jerusalem
 
Jerusalem

f. 383
Jerusalem
Boccaccio and Petrarch

f. 391
Boccaccio and Petrarch
Boccaccio and Petrarch

f. 391
Boccaccio and Petrarch
 
Domitian

f. 395
Domitian
Captivity of Zenobia

f. 406v
Captivity of Zenobia
Captivity of Zenobia

f. 406v
Captivity of Zenobia
 
Death of Galerius Maximianus

f. 413v
Death of Galerius Maximianus
Death of Galerius Maximianus

f. 413v
Death of Galerius Maximianus
Death of Julian

f. 419
Death of Julian
 
Death of Julian

f. 419
Death of Julian
Death of Radagaisus

f. 428v
Death of Radagaisus
Death of Radagaisus

f. 428v
Death of Radagaisus
 
Death of Arthur

f. 439v
Death of Arthur
Death of Arthur

f. 439v
Death of Arthur
Death of Rosamund and Emelcis

f. 446
Death of Rosamund and Emelcis
 
Death of Rosamund and Emelcis

f. 446
Death of Rosamund and Emelcis
Death of Maurice

f. 450
Death of Maurice
Death of Maurice

f. 450
Death of Maurice
 
Death of Brunhilda

f. 454v
Death of Brunhilda
Death of Brunhilda

f. 454v
Death of Brunhilda
Death of Constantine III

f. 460
Death of Constantine III
 
Death of Constantine III

f. 460
Death of Constantine III
Mutilation of Justinian II

f. 464
Mutilation of Justinian II
Mutilation of Justinian II

f. 464
Mutilation of Justinian II
 
Pope Joan

f. 468
Pope Joan
Pope Joan

f. 468
Pope Joan
Pope John XII

f. 471
Pope John XII
 
Pope John XII

f. 471
Pope John XII
Imprisonment of Robert of Normandy

f. 476
Imprisonment of Robert of Normandy
Imprisonment of Robert of Normandy

f. 476
Imprisonment of Robert of Normandy
 
Death of Titus Andronicus

f. 477v
Death of Titus Andronicus
Death of Titus Andronicus

f. 477v
Death of Titus Andronicus
Henry, king of the Romans

f. 484
Henry, king of the Romans
 
Henry, king of the Romans

f. 484
Henry, king of the Romans
Sicilian Vespers

f. 488
Sicilian Vespers
Sicilian Vespers

f. 488
Sicilian Vespers
 
Burning of Templars

f. 492v
Burning of Templars
Burning of Templars

f. 492v
Burning of Templars
Death of Philip the Fair

f. 497v
Death of Philip the Fair
 
Death of Philip the Fair

f. 497v
Death of Philip the Fair
Death of Philip the Fair

f. 497v
Death of Philip the Fair
Death of Gautier de Brienne

f. 499v
Death of Gautier de Brienne
 
Death of Gautier de Brienne

f. 499v
Death of Gautier de Brienne
Death of Philippota of Catena

f. 506v
Death of Philippota of Catena
Death of Philippota of Catena

f. 506v
Death of Philippota of Catena
 
Imprisonment of John of France

f. 510
Imprisonment of John of France
Imprisonment of John of France

f. 510
Imprisonment of John of France

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