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Detailed record for Harley 1340

Author Attributed to Joachim of Fiore
Title Vaticinia de Pontificibus
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Attributed to the Master of San Miniato (Berenson 1950)
Attributed to the Circle of Benozzo Gozzoli (Popham and Pouncey 1950)
Decoration 30 three-quarter page miniatures in colours and gold with full borders. 30 initials in colours and gold with foliate extensions. Captions in gold. Headings in red.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 195 (45 x 165)
Official foliation ff. 1* + 15 (+ 5 unfoliated paper + 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaves at the beginning + paper folios interleaved between each parchment folio + 3 unfoliated parchment and 5 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather with gold tooling; green leather inside covers.
Provenance The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts.
Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d. 1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes f. [vi] is a paper flyleaf marked as f. 1.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), II (1808), no. 1340.

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. 14.

Herbert Grundmann, 'Die Papstprophetien des Mittelalters', Archiv für Kulturgeschichte, 19 (1929), p. 132 n. 2.

Bernard Berenson, 'Un codice illustrato dal Maestro di S. Miniato', Revista d'Arte, 26 (1950), 95-101.

Arthur E. Popham and Philip Pouncey, Italian Drawings In the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries, 2 vols (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1950), I, pp. 2-3.

Bernard Berenson, 'Miniatures probably by the Master of the San Miniato Altarpiece', in Beiträge für Georg Swarzenski edited by Oswald Goetz (Berlin: Gebr. Mann, 1951), pp. 96-102.

Charles H. Talbot, ‘A List of Cistercian Manuscripts in Great Britain’, Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval History, Thought and Religion, 8 (1952), 402-18 (p. 412).

Marjorie Reeves, The Influence of Prophecy in the Later Middle Ages: A Study in Joachimism (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1969), p. 406.

Renaissance Painting in Manuscripts: Treasure from the British Library, ed. by Thomas Kren (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1983), p. 94 n. 2.

John N. King, Tudor Royal Iconography: Literature and Art in an Age of Religious Crisis (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989), pl. 55.

Gigetta Dalli Rigoli and Gemma Landolfi, ‘Un testo profetico medievale in un codice quattrocentesco: i Vaticinia Pontificum e il MS. Harley 1340 della British Library’ in Il Codice miniato: rapporti tra codice, testo e figurazione. Atti del III Congresso di Storia della Miniatura con una nota sul restauro dei codici della Biblioteca Comunale e dell'Academia Etrusca espositi in occasione del Convegno, Storia della miniatura, studi e documenti, 7, ed. by Melania Ceccanti and Maria Cristina Castelli (Florence: Olschki, 1992), 405-23.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (London: British Library, 1997), no. 150.

Benozzo Gozzoli, Allievo a Roma, Maestro in Umbria, ed. by Bruno Toscano e Giovanna Capitelli (Milan: Silvano, 2002), pp. 142-45, no. 1; 170-73, no. 10.

Francesca Pasut, 'Benozzo di Lese di Sandro detto Benozzo Gozzoli', in Dizionario biografico dei miniatori italiani: Secoli IX-XVI , ed. by Milvia Bollati (Milan: Sylvestre Bonnard, 2004), pp.88-90 (p. 89).

Hélène Millet, Les successeurs du pape aux ours: histoire d'un livre prophétique médiéval illustré (Vaticinia de summis pontificibus) (Turnhout: Brepols, 2004), as 'H1', figs. 13, 29, 46, 57.


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f. ii
Endleaf

endleaf
Endleaf
Inside left binding

inside left binding
Inside left binding
 
Inside right binding

inside right binding
Inside right binding
Frontleaf

frontleaf
Frontleaf
Front binding

front binding
Front binding
 
Back binding

back binding
Back binding
Spine

spine
Spine
Pope Nicholas III

f. 1
Pope Nicholas III
 
Pope Martin IV

f. 1v
Pope Martin IV
Pope Honorius IV

f. 2
Pope Honorius IV
Nicholas IV of Ascoli

f. 2v
Nicholas IV of Ascoli
 
Pope Celestine V

f. 3
Pope Celestine V
Pope Boniface VIII

f. 3v
Pope Boniface VIII
Pope Benedict XI

f. 4
Pope Benedict XI
 
Pope Clement IV

f. 4v
Pope Clement IV
Pope John XXII

f. 5
Pope John XXII
Pope Benedict XII

f. 5v
Pope Benedict XII
 
Pope Clement VI

f. 6
Pope Clement VI
Pope Innocent VI

f. 6v
Pope Innocent VI
Peacock

f. 7
Peacock
 
Pope Urban V

f. 7
Pope Urban V
Pope Gregory XI

f. 7v
Pope Gregory XI
Human-headed dragon

f. 8
Human-headed dragon
 
Pope Boniface IX

f. 8v
Pope Boniface IX
Pope Innocent VII

f. 9
Pope Innocent VII
Pope Gregory XII

f. 9v
Pope Gregory XII
 
Three pillars

f. 10
Three pillars
Pope John XXII

f. 10v
Pope John XXII
Pope Martin V

f. 11
Pope Martin V
 
Bear suckling two cubs

f. 11v
Bear suckling two cubs
Pope Eugenius IV

f. 11v
Pope Eugenius IV
City of Rome

f. 12
City of Rome
 
City of Rome

f. 12
City of Rome
City of Rome

f. 12v
City of Rome
Pope Nicholas V

f. 13
Pope Nicholas V
 
A youth and an elderly man

f. 13v
A youth and an elderly man
Saint holding a papal tiara

f. 14
Saint holding a papal tiara
Angel crowning a pope

f. 14v
Angel crowning a pope
 
Pope flanked by angels

f. 15
Pope flanked by angels
Pope flanked by angels

f. 15
Pope flanked by angels
Pope holding a tiara

f. 15v
Pope holding a tiara
 

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