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Detailed record for Yates Thompson 28

Author Pseudo-Aristotle; Brunetto Latini, translated by Bono Giamboni; and others
Title Secreta secretorum (ff. 1-43); Il Tesoro (translation of Li Livres dou Tresor) (ff. 43v-130); miscellaneous texts (ff. 130v-143v)
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date 1425
Language Italian
Script Gothic
Scribe Bartolomeo di Lorenzo of Fighine
Artists Attributed to Bartolomeo di Fruosino
Decoration 50 small miniatures, in colours (ff. 43v, 44, 46, 47, 49, 49v, 50v, 51 (x2), 53, 53v, 54, 55, 55v, 56 (x2), 57 (x2), 57v, 58, 58v, 59v (x3), 60, 60v, 61 (x3), 61v, 63, 63v (x2), 64, 64v, 65 (x2), 65v (x2), 66 (x3), 66v (x2), 68, 68v, 69, 69v, 70 (x2)). 2 large decorated initials, with foliate extensions into the margins, in colours and gold (ff. 1, 114). Small initials in red with purple pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 110 (180 x 110)
Official foliation ff. 144 (+ 3 paper and 2 parchment flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 parchment and 3 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red tooled leather; Gruel (signed); gilt edges.
Provenance Written by Bartolomeo di Lorenzo of Fighine in 1425: colophon 'Questo libro e scripto dimano di fere bartolomeo di lorenco da fighine compvito adi xvj dimarco Mccccxxv.' (f. 143v).
Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: with his book-plate inscribed '[MS] LXXXIX / aee.e.e [i.e. £400.0.0] / [bought from] J. Rosenthal / 28th June / 1906' (inside upper cover); in his sale, 3 June 1919, lot 16, bought by the British Museum, the manuscript became Additional 39844 and was re-numbered after the creation of the 'Yates Thompson' shelfmark, following Mrs Yates Thompson's bequest of manuscripts in 1941.
Notes This manuscript was formerly Additional 39844.
Select bibliography A Descriptive Catalogue of Twenty Illuminated Manuscripts, Nos. LXXV to XCIV (Replacing Twenty Discarded from the Original Hundred) in the Collection of Henry Yates Thompson (Cambridge: University Press, 1907), no. LXXXIX pp. 119-26.

Illustration from One Hundred Manuscripts in the Library of Henry Yates Thompson (London: Chiswick Press, 1908), II, pp. 13-14, pls. XXXIV-XXXVII.

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. 399 [as Add. 39844] pp. 82-83, II, pl. 376.

Lino Leonardi, 'Inventario dei manoscritti biblici', Melanges de l’Ecole francaise de Rome: Moyen-Age, 105:2 (1993), 863-886 (p. 874).

A. Dillon Bussi, I Santi Patroni: modelli di santita', culti e patronati in Occidente
, a cura di Claudio Leonardi, Antonella Degl'Innocenti (Napoli 1999), p. 199 [exhibition catalogue].

Ada Labriola,'Lorenzo Monaco miniatore tra il 1410 e gli ultimi anni di attivita' (e alcune proposte per la miniatura fiorentina del tempo' in Lorenzo Monaco. Dalla tradizione giottesca al Rinascimento a cura di Angelo Tartuferi, Daniela Parenti (Firenze: Giunti 2006), p. 93 [exhibition catalogue].

Milvia Bollati, 'Intorno a Lorenzo Monaco: qualche considerazione sull'attivitá di Bartolomeo di Fruosino' in Nuovi studi sulla pittura tardogotica. Intorno a Lorenzo Monaco Atti del convegno (Firenze, Kunsthistoriches Insitut in Florenz 2-3 giugno 2006), a cura di Daniela Parenti e Angelo Tratuferi (Livorno 2007), pp. 139, 141-142.

Brigitte Roux, 'L'iconographie du livre du tresor: diversite des cycles', in Tavola Rotonda III: Brunetto Latino, Li Livres dou Tresor e il Tesoro, Dante, La Commedia, The Gothic and Renaissance Manuscripts, Florence, 2002, Brunetto Latino, Florin website, http://florin.ms/beth5.html#stones
[accessed 6 March 2012]. [referring to this manuscript as Additional 39844].

Ada Labriola, catalogue entry, in Bagliori dorati: Il Gotico Internazionale a Firenze 1375-1440 (Florence: Giunti, 2012), p. 77 (fig. 7) no. 81 [exhibition catalogue].


Images
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Decorated initial

f. 1
Decorated initial
Decorated initial

f. 1
Decorated initial
Days of Creation

f. 43v
Days of Creation
 
Creation of Adam

f. 44
Creation of Adam
Expulsion of Lucifer

f. 46
Expulsion of Lucifer
God the Father

f. 47
God the Father
 
Cain killing Abel

f. 49
Cain killing Abel
Noah

f. 49v
Noah
Idolatry

f. 50v
Idolatry
 
Tower of Babel and Zoroaster

f. 51
Tower of Babel and Zoroaster
Tower of Babel

f. 51
Tower of Babel
Zoroaster

f. 51
Zoroaster
 
Aeneas and Lavinia

f. 53
Aeneas and Lavinia
Emilia and her babies

f. 53v
Emilia and her babies
Romulus

f. 54
Romulus
 
Caesar

f. 55
Caesar
Building of Venice

f. 55v
Building of Venice
Moses

f. 56v
Moses
 
Nebuchadnezzar

f. 57
Nebuchadnezzar
Baptism of Christ

f. 57v
Baptism of Christ
David and Goliath

f. 58
David and Goliath
 
Death of Solomon

f. 58v
Death of Solomon
Elijah

f. 59v
Elijah
Isaiah

f. 60
Isaiah
 
Isaiah

f. 60
Isaiah
Jeremiah

f. 60v
Jeremiah
Jeremiah

f. 60v
Jeremiah
 
Iaddo, Tobit, and Nebuchadnezzar

f. 61
Iaddo, Tobit, and Nebuchadnezzar
Zerubbabel

f. 61v
Zerubbabel
John the Baptist

f. 63
John the Baptist
 
John the Baptist

f. 63v
John the Baptist
John the Evangelist

f. 64
John the Evangelist
Peter

f. 64v
Peter
 
Peter and Paul

f. 65
Peter and Paul
Andrew

f. 65v
Andrew
Philip, Thomas, and Bartholemew

f. 66
Philip, Thomas, and Bartholemew
 
James the Less and Luke

f. 66v
James the Less and Luke
The Magi

f. 68
The Magi
Baptism of Constantine

f. 68v
Baptism of Constantine
 
Pope and clerics

f. 69
Pope and clerics
Charlemagne

f. 70
Charlemagne
Charlemagne

f. 70
Charlemagne
 
Charlemagne

f. 70
Charlemagne

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