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Detailed record for Additional 28841

Author Cocharelli
Title Leaves from a prose treatise on the Seven Vices (f. 1) and a verse on events from the history of Sicily in the time of Frederick II (1298-1337) (ff. 2-7)
Origin Italy, N. W. (Genoa)
Date c. 1330 - c. 1340
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Master of the Cocharelli codex (active in Genoa, c. 1330)
Decoration 7 leaves with miniatures and historiated borders in colours and gold, of human figures, insects, birds, animals and sea-shells.
Dimensions in mm 170 x 110 (each)
Official foliation Parchment leaves foliated as '1'-'7'.
Form Parchment leaves mounted on paper guards bound together in an album.
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance The text composed by a member of the Cocharelli family of Genoa, probably before 1324 for the instruction of the children of the family, illustrated with tales described by Pelegrino Cocharelli (see Backhouse 1997; Fabbri 2004).
Seymour Stocker Kirkup (b. 1788, d. 1880), painter and antiquary: his sale, 6 December 1871, lot 2170; purchased by the British Museum on 12 December 1871.
Notes Italian cuttings.
Other leaves and cuttings of this volume are Add. 27695, Egerton 3127 and 3781; Cleveland, Museum of Art, J.H. Wade Fund n. 1953.152; and Florence, Museo del Bargello, inv. 2065. Another section was sold as part of 'Eine Wiener Sammlung', Berlin, 12 May 1930, lot 3, with plate.
Select bibliography The bibliography for all of the cuttings (see Notes):

British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1854-1875 (London: British Museum, 1887), pp. 346 and 565.

[Eric G. Millar], British Museum Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series 4 (London: British Museum, 1928), p. 13, pl. XXXI.

A. C. Crombie, 'Cybo d'HyŤres: a fourteenth century zoological artist', Endeavour, 9 (1952), 18-37 (figs. 1-2).

British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1931-1935 (London: British Museum, 1967), no. Eg. 3127.

Janet Backhouse, 'Pioneers of Modern Calligraphy and Illumination', British Museum Quarterly 33 (1969), 71-79 (p. 78) [on this manuscripts as inspiration for Add. 54,253].

Francis Klingender, Animals in Art and Thought to the end of the Middle Ages, ed. by Evelyn Antal and John Harthan (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1971), p. 479, pl. 295.

G. Evelyn Hutchinson, 'Aposematic insects and the Master of the Brussels Initials', American Scientist, 62 (1974), 161-71.

Brunsdon Yapp, Birds in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1981), pl. 40.

Europa und der Orient: 800-1900, ed. by Gereon Sievernich and Hendrik Budde (Berlin: Bertelsmann Lexikon, 1989), no. 5/2 [exhibition catalogue].

Michael Camille, Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art (London: Reaktion, 1992), pl. 27.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997), no. 115.

British Library Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts, New Series 1966-1970, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1998), I, no. Eg. 3781.

Aristotle's Animals in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, ed. by Carlos Steel, Guildentops and Pieter Beullen (Leuven: University Press, 1999), p. 376, n. 47.

Francesca Fabbri, 'Il "Cocharelli": osservazione e ipotesi per un manoscritto genovese del XIV sec', Tessuti, oreficerie, miniature in Liguria XIII-XV secoli, ed. by A. R. Calderoni Masetti, C. Di Fabio and M. Marcenaro, Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi: Genova-Bordighera, 22-25 May 1995 (Bordighera: Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri, 1999), pp. 305-20, fig. 1 [f. 5v].

Robert Gibbs 'Antifonario N: A Bolognese choirbook in the context of Genoese illumination between 1285 and 1385,' ibidem, pp. 247-78, (pp. 270-78).

Nicholas Bell, Music in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2001), pp. 52-53.

Francesco Mezzalira, Bestie e bestiari: la rappresentazione degli animali dalla preistoria al rinascimento (Turin: Umberto Allemandi, 2001), pp. 42, 46, pl. 47.

Debra Higgs Strickland, Saracens, Demons, & Jews: Making Monsters in Medieval Art (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003), fig. 9.

Francesca Fabbri, 'Maestro del Codice Cocharelli', Dizionario biografico dei miniatori Italiani: Secoli IX-XVI, ed. by Milvia Bollati (Milan: Bonnard, 2004), pp. 495-97, 1040.

Elizabeth Morrison, Beasts: Factual & Fantastic (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 54.

Margaret Scott, Medieval Dress & Fashion (London: British Library, 2007), pl. 51, 54.


Images
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A walled town, cannibals and exotic animals

f. 3
A walled town, cannibals and exotic animals
Sea horses, snails and shells

f. 3v
Sea horses, snails and shells
Insects

f. 4v
Insects
 
Moth

f. 4v
Moth
Moths

f. 4v
Moths
Marine creatures

f. 5
Marine creatures
 
Insects

f. 5v
Insects
Insects and rabbits

f. 6v
Insects and rabbits
Moth

f. 6v
Moth
 
Insects

f. 7v
Insects

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