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Detailed record for Royal 16 G V

Author Giovanni Boccaccio
Title De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (Le livre de femmes nobles et renomées)
Origin France, N. (Rouen)
Date c. 1440
Language French
Script Gothic
Artists Talbot Master
Decoration 1 large miniature in colours and gold divided in four compartments, with full foliate borders of ivy and acanthus leaves, and a foliate initial in colours and gold, at the beginning of the prologue (f. 3v). 102 one-column miniatures in colours and gold with partial border of vine and acanthus leaves and foliate initial in colours and gold. Initials and paraphs in gold on rose and blue grounds with penwork decoration in white.
Dimensions in mm 410 x 270 (255 x 160)
Official foliation ff. 129 (+ 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf attached to a modern paper flyleaf and 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal library parchment binding.
Provenance The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, ff. 11v, or 12v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Illuminated by the Talbot Master, an artist active in Rouen, named after two manuscripts produced for John Talbot, earl of Shrewsbury: Royal 15 E VI, a collection of romances presented to Margaret of Anjou in honour of her marriage to Henry VI in 1445; and Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, 40.1950, the 'John Talbot Book of Hours' (see Reynolds 1988).
The miniatures share the designs of those in Royal 20 C V, containing the same version of the text, but produced in the early 15th century.
Catchwords and bifolium signatures.
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II, pp. 208-09.

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Catalogue of Astrological and Mythological Illuminated Manuscripts of the Latin Middle Ages, 4 vols (London: The Warburg Institute, 1953), III: Manuscripts in English Libraries, p. 204.

P. M. Gathercole, 'Illumination of the French Boccaccio Manuscripts', Studi sul Boccaccio, 1 (1963), 387-414 (pl. 4).

Giovanni Boccaccio: Catalogue of an Exhibition held in the Reference Division of the British Library 3 October to 31 December 1975 (London: British Museum Publications, 1975), no. 28 [exhibition catalogue].

Catherine Reynolds, 'Illustrated Boccaccio Manuscripts in the British Library (London), Studi sul Boccaccio, 17 (1988) 114-81 (pp. 159-64).

François Avril and Nicole Reynaud, Les Manuscrits à Peintures en France 1440-1520 (Paris: Flammarion, 1993), p. 169-71 [exhibition catalogue].

The Mythical Quest: In Search of Adventure, Romance and Enlightenment, intro. by Penelope Lively (London: British Library, 1996), p. 19.

Jane Chance, 'Mostra - naturalità distorte: Bertram dal Bornio, Ecuba', in I mostra nell'inferno dantesco: Tradizione e simbologia, Atti del XXXIII Convegno Storico Internazionale, Todi 13-16 ottobre 1996 (Spoleto: Centro Italiano di Studi Sull'Alto Medioevo, 1997), pp. 235-76 (p. 236, fig. 3).

Boccaccio visualizzato: Narrare per parole e per immagini fra Medioevo e Rinascimento, ed. by Vittore Branca, Biblioteca di Storia dell'arte, 30, 3 vols (Torino: Giulio Einaudi, 1999), I: Saggi generale con una prospettiva dal barocco a oggi, pp. 136; and III: Opere d'arte d'origine francese, fiamminga, inglese, spagnola, tedesca, pp. 46, 53-55, 105, 267, 316.

Sophie Page, Magic in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2004), p. 14, pl. 11.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 71 [exhibition catalogue].


Images
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Boccaccio presenting his book

f. 2
Boccaccio presenting his book
Bocaccio

f. 3v
Bocaccio
Boccaccio

f. 3v
Boccaccio
 
Boccaccio

f. 3v
Boccaccio
Messenger presenting a letter

f. 3v
Messenger presenting a letter
Queen with four women

f. 3v
Queen with four women
 
Text page

f. 4
Text page
Eve

f. 5
Eve
Semiramis

f. 6
Semiramis
 
Opis

f. 8
Opis
Juno

f. 8v
Juno
Ceres

f. 9v
Ceres
 
Minerva

f. 11
Minerva
Venus, Vulcan, and Adonis

f. 12
Venus, Vulcan, and Adonis
Isis

f. 13
Isis
 
Marpesia and Lampeto

f. 14
Marpesia and Lampeto
Thisbe

f. 15
Thisbe
Thisbe

f. 15
Thisbe
 
Hypermnestra

f. 16v
Hypermnestra
Niobe

f. 18
Niobe
Hypispyle

f. 19
Hypispyle
 
Medea

f. 20
Medea
Medea

f. 20
Medea
Medea

f. 20
Medea
 
Arachne

f. 21v
Arachne
Orithyia and Antiope

f. 22v
Orithyia and Antiope
Erithrean Sibyl

f. 23
Erithrean Sibyl
 
Medusa

f. 23v
Medusa
Hercules

f. 24v
Hercules
Deianira and Nessus

f. 26v
Deianira and Nessus
 
Jocasta and Oedipus

f. 27
Jocasta and Oedipus
Amalthea

f. 27v
Amalthea
Nicostrata or Carmenta

f. 28v
Nicostrata or Carmenta
 
Pocris

f. 30v
Pocris
Argia

f. 31v
Argia
Manto

f. 33
Manto
 
Wives of Messenians

f. 34
Wives of Messenians
Penthesilea

f. 35v
Penthesilea
Neoptolemus and Polyxena

f. 36v
Neoptolemus and Polyxena
 
Hecuba

f. 37
Hecuba
Cassandra

f. 37v
Cassandra
Agamemnon

f. 38v
Agamemnon
 
Helen and Paris

f. 39v
Helen and Paris
Circe

f. 42v
Circe
Camilla

f. 44
Camilla
 
Camilla

f. 44
Camilla
Penelope

f. 45v
Penelope
Lavinius

f. 47v
Lavinius
 
Death of Elissa (Dido)

f. 48v
Death of Elissa (Dido)
Nicaula

f. 53v
Nicaula
Pamphila

f. 54v
Pamphila
 
Rhea Silvia

f. 55
Rhea Silvia
Gaia Caecilia

f. 56
Gaia Caecilia
Gaia Caecilia

f. 56
Gaia Caecilia
 
Sappho

f. 57
Sappho
Lucretia

f. 58
Lucretia
Thamyris

f. 59
Thamyris
 


f. 59v
Leaena

f. 60v
Leaena
Athaliah

f. 62
Athaliah
 
Cloelia

f. 64v
Cloelia
Ypone

f. 65
Ypone
Megullia Dotata

f. 66
Megullia Dotata
 
Vetura and Volumnia

f. 66v
Vetura and Volumnia
Thamar

f. 68v
Thamar
Artemisia

f. 69
Artemisia
 
Virginia

f. 72
Virginia
Virginia

f. 72
Virginia
Irene

f. 73v
Irene
 
Irene

f. 73v
Irene
Leonce

f. 74
Leonce
Olympias

f. 74v
Olympias
 
Claudia

f. 76
Claudia
Virginia

f. 76v
Virginia
Text page

f. 77
Text page
 
Text page

f. 77
Text page
Flora

f. 77v
Flora
Festival of the goddess Flora

f. 77v
Festival of the goddess Flora
 
Flora

f. 77v
Flora
Jaia

f. 80
Jaia
Sulpicia

f. 81
Sulpicia
 
Harmonia

f. 82
Harmonia
Busa

f. 82v
Busa
Sophonista

f. 83v
Sophonista
 
Theoxena

f. 85
Theoxena
Berenice

f. 86v
Berenice
Queen of Orgiagon

f. 87v
Queen of Orgiagon
 
Aemilia

f. 88v
Aemilia
Drypetina

f. 89v
Drypetina
Sempronia

f. 90
Sempronia
 
Claudia Quinta

f. 90v
Claudia Quinta
Mithridates VI and Hypsicratea

f. 91v
Mithridates VI and Hypsicratea
Mithridates VI and Hypsicratea

f. 91v
Mithridates VI and Hypsicratea
 
Sempronia

f. 93
Sempronia
Sempronia

f. 93
Sempronia
Wives of Cycabrons

f. 94v
Wives of Cycabrons
 
Death of Julia

f. 95v
Death of Julia
Portia

f. 96
Portia
Curie

f. 97
Curie
 
Hortensia

f. 98
Hortensia
Sulpicia

f. 98v
Sulpicia
Cornificia

f. 99
Cornificia
 
Mariamne

f. 99v
Mariamne
Cleopatra

f. 101
Cleopatra
Antonia

f. 104v
Antonia
 
Agrippina

f. 105
Agrippina
Paulina

f. 105v
Paulina
Agrippina

f. 107
Agrippina
 
Epicharis

f. 109
Epicharis
Epicharis

f. 109
Epicharis
Seneca and Pompeia Paulina

f. 110
Seneca and Pompeia Paulina
 
Poppaea Sabina

f. 111
Poppaea Sabina
Triaria

f. 112v
Triaria
Proba

f. 113v
Proba
 
Faustina

f. 114v
Faustina
Semiamira

f. 115v
Semiamira
Zenobia

f. 117v
Zenobia
 
Pope Joan

f. 120
Pope Joan
Irene

f. 121
Irene
Engeldruda

f. 122
Engeldruda
 
Constantia

f. 123
Constantia
Camiola

f. 124
Camiola
Jeanne

f. 127v
Jeanne
 

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