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Detailed record for Royal 19 C VIII

Author Hugues de Lannoy (?), Quentin Poulet
Title Imaginacion de vraye noblesse
Origin England, S. E. (Sheen) and Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date 1496 and between 1496 and 1497
Language French
Script Gothic cursive (batarde)
Scribe Quentin Poulet
Artists Master of the Prayer Books of around 1500
Decoration 6 large miniatures in colours and gold, with illuminated initials and full trompe l'oeil borders, at the beginning of books (ff. 3, 11, 18v, 32v, 41, 90). 1 historiated initial in colours and gold, with a partial trompe l'oeil border, at the beginning of the preface of Poulet presenting the book to Henry VII (f. 1). Small initials and paraphs in blue and white on red grounds with penwork decoration in gold.
Dimensions in mm 310 x 215 (255 x 150)
Official foliation ff. i + 97 (+ 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the beginning and at the end; f. i is a medieval parchment flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal library binding of brown leather with the royal arms and a date of 1757. Gilt edges.
Provenance Quentin Poulet, scribe, illuminator (his name included in a Bruges list of apprentice illuminators from 1472-1473) and keeper of Henry VII's library from 1492, written by him in 1496, at Sheen, as a presentation copy to Henry VII: his colophon, 'Explicit Limaginacion de vraye noblesse / paracheve le derrenier jour de Juyn au Manoir / de Shene Lan mil cccc iiiixx et xvi. p[ar] Q Poulet' (f. 97v).
Henry VII (b. 1457, d. 1509), king of England and lord of Ireland, dedicated to him: 'A vous mon tres redoubte souverain seigneur le tres hault tres excellent tres puissant et tres victorieux prince Henry septiesme de ce nom Roy dangleterre et de france' (f. 1); royal arms of England surmounted by a crown, with a white rose of York and a red rose of Lancaster (f. 3).
?Shelfmark of a very large number in brown ink (Carley's 'Old Large Number') '57' (f. 1).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 98; and in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 13v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Contains the Enseignement de la vraye noblesse attributed to Hugues de Lannoy with the title changed to 'Imaginacion de vraye noblesse' and a preface addressed to Henry VII by Quentin Poulet, who wrote the manuscript.
1 leaf with a miniature is missing after f. 81.
foliation in red referred to a table of contents (ff. 1v-2v), beginning on f. 3.
Catchwords written vertically.
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. 10).

J. A. Herbert, Illuminated Manuscripts (London: Methuen, 1911), p. 317.

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. 336.

Anglo-Flemish Art under the Tudors: An Exhibition held in the Department of Prints and Drawings (London: British Museum, 1954), no. 17.

Gordon Kipling, The Triumph of Honour: Burgundian Origins of the Elizabethan Renaissance (The Hague: Leiden University Press, 1977), p. 37.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Manuscript (Oxford: Phaidon, 1979), pl. 63.

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), I, no. 913.

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. 32-33, pl. 11).

Janet Backhouse, 'A Salute to the Tudor Rose', in Miscellanea Martin Wittek: Album de codicologie et de paléographie offert à Martin Wittek, ed. by Anny Raman and Eugène Manning, (Louvain: Peeters, 1993), pp. 1-13 (p. 8, n. 50).

Janet Backhouse, 'Illuminated Manuscripts Associated with Henry VII and Members of his Immediate Family', in The Reign of Henry VII: Proceedings of the 1993 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by Benjamin Thompson (Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1995), pp. 175-87 (p. 176).

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

Maurits Smeyers, Flemish Miniatures from the 8th to the mid-16th Century (Leuven: Brepols, 1999), pp. 467-48, pl. 72 on p. 467.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.88.

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), pl. 106.

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. 121, pp. 403-05.

James P. Carley, The Books of King Henry VIII and His Wives, preface by David Starkey (London: British Library, 2004), pl. 39.

Livia Visser-Fuchs, 'The manuscript of the Enseignement de vraie noblesse made for Richard Neville, earl of Warwick, in 1464', in Medieval Manuscripts in Transition: Tradition and Creative Recycling, ed. by Geert H. M. Claassens and Werner Verbeke, Mediaevalia Lovaniensia, Series I, Studia, 36 (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2006), pp. 337-62.

Bernhard Sterchi, 'Hugues de Lannoy, auteur de l’Enseignement de vraie noblesse, de l’Instruction d’un jeune prince et des Enseignements paternels', http://www.cairn.info/revue-le-moyen-age-2004-1-page-79.htm, 79-115 (p. 80) [last accessed 14. 09. 2009].

Henry VIII: Man and Monarch, ed. by Susan Doran (London: British Library, 2009), no. 20 [exhibition catalogue].

Lieve De Kesel, ‘Heritage and Innovation in Flemish Book Illumiation at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century: Framing the Frames From Simon Marmion to Gerard David’, in Books in Transition at the Time of Philip the Fair: Manuscripts and Printed Books in the Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Century Low Countries, ed. by Hanno Wijsman (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010), 93-130 (p. 125 n. 74).

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 69 [exhibition catalogue].
Last revised: 09 May 2011


Images
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Henry VII receiving the book

f. 1
Henry VII receiving the book
Henry VII receiving the book

f. 1
Henry VII receiving the book
Bear

f. 1
Bear
 
Knight and Imagination

f. 3
Knight and Imagination
Knight and Imagination

f. 3
Knight and Imagination
Royal arms of England

f. 3
Royal arms of England
 
Text page

f. 10v
Text page
Imagination introducing the knight to the three Virtues

f. 11
Imagination introducing the knight to the three Virtues
Imagination introducing the knight to the three Virtues

f. 11
Imagination introducing the knight to the three Virtues
 
Bird and monkey

f. 11
Bird and monkey
A prince enthroned

f. 18v
A prince enthroned
A prince enthroned

f. 18v
A prince enthroned
 
Bird

f. 18v
Bird
Imagination, the knight, and a man without chivalry

f. 32v
Imagination, the knight, and a man without chivalry
Imagination, the knight, and a man without chivalry

f. 32v
Imagination, the knight, and a man without chivalry
 
Bird of prey and chickens

f. 32v
Bird of prey and chickens
Archer and carter

f. 41
Archer and carter
Flowers

f. 41
Flowers
 
Archer and carter

f. 41
Archer and carter
Imagination and the knight

f. 90
Imagination and the knight
Imagination and the knight

f. 90
Imagination and the knight
 
Colophon

f. 97v
Colophon

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