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Detailed record for Yates Thompson 11

Author Pierre de Blois and others
Title 'La Sainte Abbaye' (ff. 2-7); a treatise on love (ff. 7-28); Livres de l'estat de l'ame (ff. 28v-51v); Tractatus de tribulatione (ff. 53-82)
Origin France, Central (Paris or Maubuisson?) or N. E. (Lorraine)
Date c. 1290
Language French, with Latin inscriptions in miniatures
Script Gothic
Artists The style of the artist seems to be linked to N. E. France, Lorraine (De Winter 1980 and Toubert 1995) but shows Parisian influences of Master Honoré. The artist was presumably itinerant, coming from Lorraine and engaged by the French court to execute this special work.
Decoration 4 full-page miniatures, divided in several compartments, in colours and gold, on separate leaves added to the quires (ff. 1v, 6v, 29, 52v [bound in the 19th century in this volume, belonged formerly to the other part, La Somme le Roy, Add. 28162]). Large and smaller decorated initials, many with foliate extensions into the margins, in colours and gold. Small initials in gold on red and blue grounds (f. 81v). Decorated line-fillers, in colours and gold (f. 81v). Paraph marks in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 180 (160 x 120) in two columns
Official foliation ff. ii + 82 (f. i is an original flyleaf, f. ii is a note pasted to the 5th paper flyleaf; + 6 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 5 at the end)
Collation i8+2 (1st and 6th leaves inserted; ff. 1-10), ii-iii8 (ff. 11-26), iv8+1 (3rd leaf inserted; ff. 27-35), v-vi8 (ff. 36-51, vii12+1 (1st leaf inserted; ff. 52-64), viii12 (ff. 65-76), ix2 (ff. 77-78), x4 (ff. 79-82).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1965.
Provenance This manuscript was originally bound together with La Somme le Roy (Additional 28162).
Erased inscription written in pencil in the lower margin of f. 42, barely legible.
Probably commissioned for the Cistercian nunnery of Notre-Dame-la-Royale at Maubuisson (Library of Notre-Dame-la-Royale of Maubuisson) by 1463: no. 210 in Maubuisson inventory of 1463 (see Rouse and Rouse 2000).
Inscribed on the otherwise blank rectos of the miniatures, 15th century: 'Jacques' (ff. 1, 6, 52, and Additional 28162, ff. 2*, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).
P. Ponin, priest, 16th century: inscribed 'P. Ponin presbitere' (Additional 28162, f. 2).
According to a former owner, the manuscript was mentioned in an inventory of the royal convent of Poissy (see Auguste comte de Bastard d'Estang, Etudes de symbolique chrétienne (Paris: Imprimérie Impériale, 1861), p. 185; Léopold Delisle, Notice de douze livres royaux du XIIIe et du XIVe siècles (Paris: Imprimérie Nationale, 1902), p. 122).
Guillaume du Peyrat (d. 1645?), counsellor and almoner of King Henri IV and Louis XIII, treasurer of the Sainte-Chapelle of Paris: inscribed 'Lan mil deux cens soixante et neuf. Peyrat' (Additional 28162, f. 1, and 'Peyrat. Ce livre a ete commance et acheve par un frere de lordre de precheur a la requeste du Roy Philippe en lan mil deux cens soixante et neuf. Peyrat' (Additional 28162, f. 146).
? Jean-Baptiste Joseph Barrois (b. 1784, d. 1855), French deputy and book collector (on whom see Hugh Collingham, 'Joseph Barrois: Portrait of a Bibliophile XXVI', Book Collector 33 (1984), 431-48).; the sale catalogue of Firmin Didot, noting that some inscriptions indicating this provenance were legible on the flyleaves of the former binding (see Catalogue illustré des livres précieux: manuscrits et imprimés faisant partie de la bibliothèque de M. Ambroise Firmin-Didot, 6 vols (Paris: Librairie Firmin-Didot, 1978-84), II: Théologie - Jurisprudence - Sciences - Arts - Beaux-Arts (1879), no. 36 pp. 89-93).
Jean-François Auguste comte de Bastard d'Estang (b. 1792, d. 1883), historian and collector: in his collection in 1846 (see Bibliotheca Lindesiana: Upon the Facsimile, Paintings and Publications of the Comte Auguste de Bastard d'Estang (London: Wyman and Sons, 1886), p. 39, and J.-F. Auguste Bastard d'Estang, Peintures et ornements des manuscrits… (Paris, 1832-1869), no. 251 ter).
Ambroise Firmin-Didot (b. 1790, d. 1876), publisher and book-collector: his sale, 1879, lot 36 (unsold).
Henry Yates Thompson (b. 1838, d. 1928), collector of illuminated manuscripts and newspaper proprietor: his MS 40, acquired from the Didot family in October 1895; his sale, 3 June 1919, lot 3, bought by the British Museum for Frs 13100, it became Additional 39843 and was re-numbered after the creation of the 'Yates Thompson' shelfmark, following Mrs Yates Thompson's bequest of other manuscripts in 1941.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
This manuscript was formerly Additional 39843 and was originally bound together with La Somme le Roy (Additional 28162).
Select bibliography Auguste comte de Bastard d'Estang, Peintures et ornements des manuscrits, classés dans un ordre chronologique, pour servir à l'histoire des arts du dessin, depuis le IVe siècle de l'ère chrétienne jusqu'à la fin du XVIe siècle (Paris, 1835-1846), pl. 251 ter (livraison IV).

Montague Rhodes James, A Descriptive Catalogue of Fifty Manuscripts from the Collection of Henry Yates Thompson (Cambridge: University Press, 1898), no. 40 pp. 225-32.

Exposition des Primitifs Français au Palais du Louvre et à la Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris: Palais du Louvre and Bibliothèque nationale, 1904), no. 14 p. 9.

Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts (London: Chiswick Press, 1908), no. 140 pp. 96-97.

Schools of Illumination: Reproductions from Manuscripts in the British Museum, ed. by J. A. Herbert, 6 vols (London: British Museum, 1914-30), V: Carolingian and French to Early 14th Century (1926), pl. 14.

F. Wormald, 'The Yates Thompson Manuscripts', The British Museum Quarterly, 16 (1952), 4-6 (p. 5).

Josiah Q. Bennett, 'Portman Square to New Bond Street, or, How to Make Money though Rich', The Book Collector (1967), 323-39 (p. 330).

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Manuscript (Oxford: Phaidon, 1979), p. 44, pl. 35.

Patrick M. de Winter, ‘Une réalisation exceptionnelle d’enlumineurs français et anglais: le bréviaire de Renaud de Bar, évêque de Metz’ in Actes du 103e Congrès national des Sociétés Savantes, Nancy-Metz, 1978 (Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, 1980), p. 49.

Judith H. Oliver, Gothic Manuscript Illumination in the Diocese of Liège (c. 1250 - c. 1330), Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts from the Low Countries, 2 vols (Leuven: Peeters, 1988), II, p. 186.

Hélène Toubert, 'Les enluminures du manuscrit fr. 12400', in Federico II: De arte venandi cum avibus: l'art de la chace des oisiaus, Facsimile edizione critica del manoscritto fr. 12400 della Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Naples: Electa, 1995), 387-416 (p. 402, figs. 18-21).

L'art au temps des rois maudits: Philippe le Bel et ses fils (1285-1328) (Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1998), no. 188(b) pp. 281-83 [mentioned as Additional 39843].

Richard A. Rouse and Mary A. Rouse, Manuscripts and their Makers: Commercial Book Producers in Medieval Paris 1200-1500, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 2000), I, 155-156.

Justin Clegg, The Medieval Church in Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2003), pp. 30-32, pl. 25.

Aden Kumler, Translating Truth: Ambitious Images and Religious Knowledge in Late Medieval France and England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011), pp. 160, 164-167, 206, 207 (fig. 73), 217, 218 (fig. 79), 219, 228, 229 (fig. 80), 232, 240, 260 (n. 10), 261 (n. 18), 261 (25), 262 (n. 12), 262 (nn. 30-31), 262 (n. 33).

Jeffrey F. Hamburger and Nigel F. Palmer, The Prayer Book of Ursula Begerin, 2 vols (Dietikon-Zurich: Urs Graf Verlag, 2015), I, pp. 371, 390, fig. 540.


Images
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God in Majesty

f. 1v
God in Majesty
Illuminated initial

f. 2
Illuminated initial
Mass

f. 6v
Mass
 
Nuns

f. 6v
Nuns
Illuminated initial

f. 7
Illuminated initial
Illuminated initials

f. 9
Illuminated initials
 
Illuminated initials

f. 11
Illuminated initials
Illuminated initial

f. 14v
Illuminated initial
Illuminated initial

f. 28v
Illuminated initial
 
Penitence, devotion, and contemplation

f. 29
Penitence, devotion, and contemplation
Penitence, devotion, and contemplation

f. 29
Penitence, devotion, and contemplation
Penitence, devotion, and contemplation

f. 29
Penitence, devotion, and contemplation
 
Penitence, devotion, and contemplation

f. 29
Penitence, devotion, and contemplation
Penitence, devotion, and contemplation

f. 29
Penitence, devotion, and contemplation
Christ teaching the Pater Noster

f. 52v
Christ teaching the Pater Noster
 
Christ teaching the Pater Noster

f. 52v
Christ teaching the Pater Noster
Illuminated initial

f. 53
Illuminated initial
Illuminated initial

f. 74v
Illuminated initial
 
Illuminated initials

f. 81v
Illuminated initials

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