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Detailed record for Royal 20 C III

Author Quintus Curtius Rufus, translated by Vasco da Lucena
Title Historia Alexandri Magni
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date c. 1485 - 1490
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Master of Edward IV
Decoration 2 large miniatures in colours and gold with full scatter borders and large initials (ff. 12, 15). 8 column miniatures in colours and gold with partial scatter borders and large initials (ff. 42, 63, 104, 129, 156, 183, 214v, 238). Champ initials in colours and gold, some with foliate extensions. Capitals marked in yellow. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 385 x 270 (240 x 180) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 257 (+ 1 unfoliated paper and 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning + 3 unfoliated ruled parchment leaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. White parchment; marbled endpapers; gilt fore-edges.
Provenance Contains the Historia Alexandri translated as Quinte Curse Ruffe des faiz du grant Alexandre by Vasco da Lucena, a Portuguese in the service of Isabella of Portugal and then of Margaret of York, first presented to Charles in 1468; preceded by a table of contents (ff. 1-11v).
?Shelfmark of a very large number in brown ink (Carley's 'Old Large Number') '49' (f. [ii]).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix, 71, ff. 12v, 13, or 14v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes For the text, see also Royal 15 D IV and 17 F I.
Select bibliography Henri 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. 371.

Robert Lucas, 'Medieval French Translations of the Latin Classics to 1500', Speculum: A Journal of Mediaeval Studies, 45 (1970), 225-53 (p.237).

The Mythical Quest: In Search of Adventure, Romance and Enlightenment, intro. by Penelope Lively (London: British Library, 1996), pl. on p. 34.

Scot McKendrick, 'Illustrated Manuscripts of Vasco da Lucena's Translation of Curtius's Historiae Alexandri Magni: Nature Corrupted by Fortune', in Medieval Manuscripts of the Latin Classics: Production and Use, ed. by Claudine A. Chavannes-Mazel and Margaret M. Smith (Leiden: Anderrson-Lovelace and the Red Gull Press, 1996) pp. 131-50 (pp. 133, n. 13, 144, ns. 43, 44).

J. P. Carley, 'Marks in Books and the Libraries of Henry VIII', Papers-Bibliographical Society of America, 91 (1997), 583-606 (p. 605).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.38.

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. 295.

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), pl. 83.
Last revised: 18 September 2009


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Charles the Bold and Vasco da Lucena

f. 12
Charles the Bold and Vasco da Lucena
Birth of Alexander the Great

f. 15
Birth of Alexander the Great
Birth of Alexander the Great

f. 15
Birth of Alexander the Great
 
Surrender of Celaenae

f. 42
Surrender of Celaenae
Darius' letter being delivered

f. 63
Darius' letter being delivered
Alexander attends funeral

f. 129
Alexander attends funeral
 
Death of Alexander Lyncestes

f. 156
Death of Alexander Lyncestes
Alexander and his army

f. 183
Alexander and his army
Sacrifices to the sun

f. 214v
Sacrifices to the sun
 
Cleander and others beheaded

f. 238
Cleander and others beheaded

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