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Detailed record for Sloane 3983

Author Albumazar
Title Treatise on astrology
Origin Netherlands, S.
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Numerous coloured drawings throughout.
Dimensions in mm 270 x 180 (210 x 140) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 49 + 1* (+ 1 paper and 2 parchment flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 parchment and 1 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Gold-tooled red leather; gilt edges.
Provenance Inscribed, 16th-century(?): 'Ex libris Eustachij Wiltheim' (f. 1*).
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Notes ff. 9-11 misbound, originally after f. 23.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 3833-4014 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, no date), no. 3983 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Illustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 8.

Georg Graf Vitzthum, Die Pariser Miniaturmalerei von der Zeit des Hl. Ludwig bis zu Philipp von Valois und ihr Verhältnis zur Malerei in Nordwesteuropa (Leipzig: Quelle & Meyer, 1907), p. 181.

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierter Handschriften des lateinischen Mittelalters, ed. by Harry Bober, 4 vols (London: Warburg Institute, 1916-66), III: Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken (1953), pp. 247-68.

Franz Boll, Carl Bezold, and Wilhelm Gundel, Sternglaube und Sterndeutung: Die Geschichte und das Wesen der Astrologie (Stuttgart: Teubner, 1977), fig. 15.

T.S. Pattie, Astrology as Illustrated in the Collections of the British Library and the British Museum (London: British Library, 1980), pl. 7.

François Avril, Marie-Thérèse Gousset, and Claudia Rebel, Manuscrits enluminés d’origine italienne, (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1980- ), II: XIIIe siècle (1984), p. 161.

Patricia Basing, Trades and Crafts in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1990), fig. 33.

Nicolas Bell, Music in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2001), p. 51.

Sophie Page, Astrology in Medieval Manuscript (London: British Library, 2002), p. 19, pl. 13; p. 60, pl. 51.

Joe Flatman, Ships and Shipping in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2009), pl. 148.


Images
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Coloured initials

f. 1
Coloured initials
Aries

f. 3v
Aries
Blacksmiths

f. 5
Blacksmiths
 
Taurus

f. 6
Taurus


f. 7


f. 7v
 
Gemini

f. 8v
Gemini
Man in a boat

f. 10
Man in a boat
Camel

f. 10v
Camel
 
Animals

f. 11
Animals


f. 12


ff. 12v-13
 


ff. 13v-14
Cancer

f. 14
Cancer
Detail

f. 14v
Detail
 


f. 15
Leo

f. 16v
Leo


f. 18
 


f. 19v


f. 22
Virgo

f. 23
Virgo
 
Scorpio

f. 23
Scorpio
Capricorn

f. 24
Capricorn
Detail of a standing woman.

f. 24v
Detail of a standing woman.
 


f. 25
Detail of a standing woman.

f. 25v
Detail of a standing woman.
Aquarius

f. 26v
Aquarius
 


f. 29v


f. 30


f. 30v
 
House of Saturn

f. 32
House of Saturn
House of Jupiter

f. 34v
House of Jupiter


f. 34v
 


f. 37
Mars

f. 37v
Mars
House of the Sun

f. 39v
House of the Sun
 


ff. 41v-42
Venus

ff. 42v-43
Venus
Venus

ff. 42v-43
Venus
 


f. 45

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