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Detailed record for Yates Thompson 32

Author ? Olivier de la Marche
Title Chroniques abrégées des Anciens Rois et Ducs de Bourgogne
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date c. 1485-1490
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Attributed by Durrieu (1921) and McKendrick (2003) to the Master of the Trivial Heads (attributed by Dogaer (1987) to the school of the Master of Edward IV).
Decoration 11 full-page miniatures, the first with the text on a scroll, the others accompanied by large initials and scatter borders in the lower margin, in colours and gold (ff. 1v, 2, 3, 4v, 5v, 7v, 9v, 10v, 13, 14, 15). Small initials of white acanthus on brown grounds highlighted in gold.
Dimensions in mm 230 x 170 (135 x 95)
Official foliation ff. 15 (+ 1 medieval flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Velvet with metalwork bosses and defunct clasp.
Provenance Perhaps intended for the instruction of Philip the Fair as a child (b. 1478, d. 1506); if so, its author may be his tutor, the chronicler and poet Olivier de la Marche (b. 1425, d. 1502) (for the book as a possible 'Enseignemens des Princes de Bourgogne' see Yates Thompson Catalogue 1912, p. 23).
The Dukes of Burgundy, perhaps in the 1731 inventory of their library (J. Marchal, Catalogue des manuscrits de la Bibliotheque royale des ducs de Bourgogne, publie par ordre de la ministere de l'interieure (Brussells, 1842), pp. cclxxxix, see also Wiesman, 2017).
Ambroise Firmin Didot (b. 1790, d. 1876), publisher and book-collector: his book-plate 'Bibliotheca Ambrosii Firmini Didoti' (inside upper cover); in his catalogue 1878, vol. 1, no. 65.
Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: with his book-plate inscribed '[MS] XCVI / tre [i.e. £720] / [bought from] Morgand / from Didot / April 1898' (inside upper cover).
Bequeathed to the British Museum in 1941 by Mrs Henry Yates Thompson.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
The text is ascribed traditionally to Olivier de la Marche, but it has been suggested that the author was Philippe Martin, chamberlain of Philippe the Good, or Philippe Bartin, secretary to Maximilian.
The iconography is related to that of Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, MS 5082-5083, a manuscript of Josephus, dated 1485-1486 (see Wiesman, La rivalité franco-bourguignonne', p. 525.
Select bibliography Girart de Roussillon, Chanson de Geste, trans. by Paul Meyer (Paris: H. Champion, 1884), pp. CXVII-CXVIII.

A Descriptive Catalogue of Fourteen Illuminated Manuscripts (Nos. XCV to CVII and 79A) Completing the Hundred in the Library of Henry Yates Thompson (Cambridge: University Press, 1912), no. XCVI, pp. 23-26.

Paul Durrieu,La miniature flamande au temps de la cour de Bourgogne (1415-1530) (Brussels, 1921), pp. 30, 60.

Georges Doutrepont, Jean Lemaire de Belge et la Renaissance, Acade´mie Royale de Belgique: Classe des lettres, etc. Me´moires, Second Series, 32 (Brussels: Palais des Academies, 1934), p. 69.

[Derek Howard Turner], Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series V: Fifty Plates (London: British Museum, 1965), no. XLIV p. 23, pl. XLIV.

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, 168 [rejected].

Georges Dogaer, Flemish Miniature Painting in the 15th and 16th Centuries (Amsterdam: B.M. Israe¨l, 1987), p. 117.

Pamela Porter, Medieval Warfare in Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2000), p. 38.

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), pl. 82.

Catherine Emerson, 'Le rôle de quelques personnages mineurs dans les Mémoires d'Olivier de la Marche ',Le Moyen Age, 112 (2006), 495-506 [on the text].

The Flemish Chronicle of Philip the Fair: ‘Les Chroniques abrégées des anciens rois et ducs de Bourgogne’, London, The British Library, Yates Thompson 32, with commentary by Joanna Fronska, Graeme Small and Hanno Wijsman (Luzern: Quaternio Verlag, 2015) [facsimile].

Hanno Wijsman, ‘Que fait saint Bernard chez saint Servais ? La rivalité franco-bourguignonne dans le manuel d’histoire du jeune Philippe le Beau’, in Mélanges Jean-Marie Cauchies. Le siècle de Bourgogne 1361-1506, ed. by Paul Delsalle, Gilles Docquier, Alain Marchandisse and Bertrand Schnerb (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017), pp. 523-535.


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Front cover

Front cover
Front cover
Back cover

Back cover
Back cover
Author

f. 1v
Author
 
Stephen of Burgundy

f. 2
Stephen of Burgundy
Stephen of Burgundy

f. 2
Stephen of Burgundy
Text page

f. 2v
Text page
 
Chilperic receiving saints

f. 3
Chilperic receiving saints
Baptism of Clovis

f. 4v
Baptism of Clovis
Battle scene

f. 5v
Battle scene
 
Battle

f. 7v
Battle
Bernard taking possession of the Abbey of Clairvaux

f. 9v
Bernard taking possession of the Abbey of Clairvaux
Philip the Good

f. 13
Philip the Good
 
Charles the Bold and his court

f. 14
Charles the Bold and his court
Maximilian of Austria

f. 15
Maximilian of Austria
Maximilian of Austria

f. 15
Maximilian of Austria
 

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