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Detailed record for Additional 15686

Title Rule of the Minorite Order of Sisters of St Clare
Origin Germany, S. (Swabia)
Date c. 1480
Language German
Script Gothic
Artists Sibylla von Bondorff (b. c. 1450, d. 1524): the inscription, 'Hec pictura est a sorore Sibylla de bondorff orate deum pro ea' (f. 1r)
Decoration 8 full page framed miniatures in colours and silver of Christ and Mary, saints, friars and nuns with banners bearing script in red or blue (ff. 1r, 1v, 30v, 31, 31v, 32). 3 large framed initials on gold grounds with decoration and partial foliate borders in colours and gold (ff. 2, 12v, 22). Foliate decoration in brown with red or blue in the lower margins of some folios (e.g. ff. 3, 14). Initials in blue or red, some with decoration. Rubrics in red. Highlighting in red.
Dimensions in mm 190 x 145 (130 x 95)
Official foliation ff. 33 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and the end and 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Rebound in 1957 in original binding of brown leather over wooden boards with remains of clasps.
Provenance The Convent (Bickenkloster) of the order of St Clare, Villingen, Swabia, probably made for the nuns: the colophon states: 'Explicit regula Sancte Clare virginis, in Villigu[m]' (f. 30v).
Adolphus Asher (b. 1800, d. 1853), Berlin bookseller and dealer to the British Museum 1841-1853 (see David Paisey, 'Adolphus Asher (1800-1853): Berlin bookseller, anglophile and friend to Panizzi', in The British Library Journal, 23 (1997), 131-53): bought from him, 24 January 1846.
Notes Add MS 15710 is attributed to the same artist, Sibylla von Bondorff.
The rule of the Order of St Clare was mitigated by Pope Urban IV in the third year of his pontificate (18 October 1263).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1846-1847 (London: British Museum, 1864), p. 12.

Robert Priebsch, Deutsche Handschriften in England, 2 vols (in 1 vol.) (Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1979), II: Das British Museum mit einem Anhang über die Guildhall-Bibliothek (first publ. as 2 vols, Erlangen, 1896-1901), pp. 135-136.

Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1846-1847 (London: British Museum, 1864), p. 13.

D. Brett-Evans, 'Sibilla von Bondorf, Ein Nachtrag', Zeitschrift für Deutsche Philologie 86 (1967), 91-98.

Jeffrey Hamburger, Nuns as Artists: The Visual Culture of the Medieval Convent (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997), p. 139.

Krone und Schleier: Kunst aus Mittelalterlichen Frauenklöstern, Bonn and Essen exhibition catalogue (Munich: Kirmer, 2005), no. 468.

Anne Winston-Allen, 'Artistic Production and Exchange in Women's Convents of the Observant Reform', in Frauen-Kloster-Kunst: Neue Forschungen Zur Kulturgeschichte Des Mittelalters: Beträge zum Internationalen Kolloquium vom 13. bis 16. Mai 2005 , ed. by Jeffrey Hamburger and others (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007), pp.187-95 (pp. 190., 192, ill. 1, 2; fig. 1, 2, pp. 436-38)

Ulrike Bodeman, 'Miniaturenzyklen der Klarissin Sibylla von Bondorf und ihre Funktion', in Frauen-Kloster-Kunst: Neue Forschungen Zur Kulturgeschichte Des Mittelalters: Beträge zum Internationalen Kolloquium vom 13. bis 16. Mai 2005 , ed. by Jeffrey Hamburger et al. (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007), pp. 197-209 (pp. 197-98, 202, n. 36, ill. 18, 19, p. 492).

Jeffrey F. Hamburger and Nigel F. Palmer, The Prayer Book of Ursula Begerin, 2 vols (Dietikon-Zurich: Urs Graf, 2015), I, p. 485.

Cynthia J. Cyrus, The scribes for women's convents in late medieval Germany (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009), p. 257, n. 140.


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Decorated initials

f. 2
Decorated initials
Decorated initial

f. 22
Decorated initial
Christ and worshippers

f. 30v
Christ and worshippers
 
Henry and Elizabeth

f. 32
Henry and Elizabeth

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