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Detailed record for Additional 20698

Author Christine de Pizan
Title Flemish translation of Christine de Pizan's Livre de la Cité des Dames
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date 1475
Language Flemish (Middle Dutch)
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Master of the Dresden Prayer Book
Decoration 41 half-page framed miniatures in colours, some with gold, of which 16 are unfinished. Spaces for a further 92 images. Large initials in colours and gold with partial foliate borders in colours with gold at the beginning of each chapter. Rubrics with cadels in red.
Dimensions in mm 305 x 215 mm (180/90 x 105 mm).
Official foliation ff. 333 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end; f. 1 is a modern paper flyleaf).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather with gold tooling.
Provenance Jan III de Baenst (b. c. 1420, d. 1486), knight, Heer van Sint-Joris-ten-Distel: written for him in 1475, according to the colophon on f. 333: 'Dit was ghedan int jaer ons heeren dusent vier hondert ende vive ende tseventich up Sinte Kathelen avont die reyne maecht. Ter begheerten vanden voirseide Mer Jan de baenst riddere heere van Sint joris. Bidt voor my. Explicit.'.
Balthazar Huydecoper (b. 1695, d. 1778), author: 18th-century inscription: 'B. Huydecoper' (f. 1v) and in his sale, 29 March 1799, lot 14.
Cornelis Ploos van Amstel (b. 1726, d. 1798), artist and collector: his etched stamp on the inside of the left board and 18th-century inscription: 'Ploos v. Amstel / Jh. Cornelisz / 1779' (f. 1v).
Thomas and William Boone (fl. 1815-1870), antiquarian booksellers: purchased by the British Museum from Messrs Boone on 1 February 1855, for the sum of £20.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
The unique surviving copy of this translation.
Select bibliography Robert Priebsch, Deutsche Handschriften in England, 2 vols (in 1 vol.) (Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1979), II: Das British Museum mit einem Anhang über die Guildhall-Bibliothek (first publ. as 2 vols, Erlangen, 1896-1901), p. 184.

Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1854-1860 (London: British Museum, 1875), p. 248.

Das British Museum mit einem Anhang über die Guildhall-Bibliothek (first publ. as 2 vols, Erlangen, 1896-1901), p. 184.

Robert Priebsch, Deutsche Handschriften in England, 2 vols (Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1979), II, no. 219.

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Catalogue of Astrological and Mythological Illuminated Manuscripts of the Latin Middle Ages, III: Manuscripts in English Libraries, 2 vols (London: Warburg Institute, 1953), pp. 62-64, pl. 27.

A.G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in the Department of Manuscripts, The British Library (London, 1979), I, no. 230.

H. De la Fontaine Verwey, 'Boeken en Handschriften', in Cornelius Ploos van Amstel (1727-1798) Kunstverzamelaar en prentuitgever ed. by T. Laurentius, J.W. Niemeyer and G. Ploos van Amstel (Assen: van Gorcum, 1980), p. 96.

Maureen Quilligan, The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de Pizan's 'Cité des Dames' (New York: Cornell University Press, 1991), pp. 74, 191, 288, pls 9, 10, 14, 28.

Bodo Brinkmann, Die flämische Buchmalerei am Ende des Burgunderreichs: der Meister des Dresdener Gebetbuchs und die Miniaturisten seiner Zeit, 2 vols (Turnhout: Brepols, 1997), I: Text, pp. 89-91; II: Images: pls 71-74.

Maurits Smeyers, Flemish Miniatures from the 8th to the mid-16th Century (Leuven: Brepols, 1999), pl. 86 on p. 413.

Christopher de Hamel, The British Library Guide to Manuscript Illuminations. History and Techniques (London: British Library, 2001), p. 8.

Thomas Kren and Scot McKendrick, Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003), pp. 217-18.

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), pl. 31.

'De stede der vrauwen: Een diplomatische transcriptie van de Middelnederlandse vertaling (1475) van Christine de Pizans ‘Livre de la cité des dames’ (1405)', ed. by N Verselewel de Witt Hamer and Miriam Oort (2008) online transcription at http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/pisa001nver01_01/ [accessed 08.06.15].

Laura Rinaldi Dufresne, The Fifteenth-Century Illustrations of Christine de Pizan's 'The Book of the City of Ladies' and 'The Treasure of the City of Ladies': Analysing the Relation of the Pictures to the Text (Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012), pp. 80, 94, 107, 124, 282, pls 7, 8, figs 9, 16, 20, 22, 26, 29, 31, 36, 37, 39, 42.

Orlanda S. H. Lie and others, Christine de Pizan in Bruges: Le Livre de la Cité des Dames' as 'Het Bouc van de Stede der Vrauwen', (Hilversum: Verloren, 2015).


Images
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Christine de Pizan

f. 2
Christine de Pizan
Christine de Pizan and three ladies

f. 5
Christine de Pizan and three ladies
Christine with a  book

f. 7v
Christine with a book
 
Christine de Pisan and Lady Reason

f. 17
Christine de Pisan and Lady Reason
Queen Fredegund and Clotair

f. 35v
Queen Fredegund and Clotair
Semiramus

f. 41
Semiramus
 
The Coronation of an Amazon queen;

f. 43v
The Coronation of an Amazon queen;
Hercules

f. 47v
Hercules
Queen Penthesilea

f. 51v
Queen Penthesilea
 
Fredegond with her baby

f. 63
Fredegond with her baby
Camilla escapes in a boat

f. 64v
Camilla escapes in a boat
Christine and Lady Reason

f. 68v
Christine and Lady Reason
 
Cornificia

f. 70
Cornificia
Sappho and companions

f. 73
Sappho and companions
Ceres ploughing

f. 84
Ceres ploughing
 
Isis

f. 85
Isis
Arachne weaving

f. 90
Arachne weaving
Gaia Cirilla

f. 101
Gaia Cirilla
 
Ghismonda's suicide

f. 231v
Ghismonda's suicide
Lisabetta

f. 240
Lisabetta
Claudia Quinta

f. 247
Claudia Quinta
 

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