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Detailed record for Additional 15710

Author Saint Bonaventure
Title Life and Miracles of Francis (Legenda Sancti Francisci), translated by Konrad von Bondorff; Legend of Francis, a hymn to Francis
Origin Germany, S.W.
Date 30 June 1478
Language German (Allemanic dialect)
Script Gothic
Scribe Sibilla von Bondorf
Artists Sibilla von Bondorf
Decoration 58 full-page miniatures in colours in orange frames (ff. 4, 6v, 10, 15, 17, 18v, 19v, 20v, 21v, 23, 24v, 30v, 33, 42, 46v, 48v, 50v, 52v, 59v, 61v, 62v, 63v, 65, 68, 72v, 74, 75, 76v, 85, 91v, 93, 103, 107v, 110v, 119, 128v, 131, 132, 134, 136, 152v, 161, 161v, 164v, 168, 168v, 173, 173v, 179, 179v, 184, 184v, 186v, 192, 195, 196, 199, 246v). 14 one or two column-width miniatures in colours (f. 6, 35v 39, 44v, 55, 84, 104, 105v, 111, 116, 189v, 203, 247, 248). 4 historiated puzzle initials (ff. 4v, 53, 65v, 160). Initials with foliate decoration and display script in colours (e.g., f.10v). Flowers and foliate decoration in lower margins in colours (e.g., f. 19, 44v, 141, 148v). Puzzle initials in red and blue with pen-flourishing in both colours. Initials in red or blue with pen-flourishing in the other colour or brown. Partial borders in red and blue with foliate decoration. Rubrics and highlighting in red. Cadels.
Dimensions in mm 205 x 140 (135 x 95)
Official foliation ff. 260 (f. 1 is a paper paste-down and f. 2 is a paper flyleaf + 7 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Pre-1600. Stamped calf-leather with painted fore-edges.
Provenance Order of St Clare, Lower Friburg, illuminated by Sister Sibilla von Bondorf (b. c.1450, d. after 1524), nun of the order of St Clare: a note on f.1, written by Konrad von Bondorff ('Conradus d[e] Bondorff baccalarius Argentinensis'), stating that this volume was written by her for the use of the nuns of the second Order of St. Francis, Lower Friburg in 1478 under the rule of the abbess Susanna de Falckenstein.
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), purchased from him by the British Museum, 24 January 1848.
Notes Sibilla von Bondorf also illuminated Additional 15686.
Catchwords
A female figure in secular clothing representing a reader occurs 8 times in the manuscript (ff. 10v, 44v, 65v, 111r, 116r, 173r, 193r, 247r)
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1846-1847 (London: British Museum, 1864), p. 13.

Bonaventuras Legenda Sancti Francisci in der U¨bersetzung der Sibilla von Bondorf, ed. by David Brett-Evans (Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 1960).

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

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. 140-41

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

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. 198, 200-02, pls. 2, 16, 21).

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.


Images
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Colophon

f. 1
Colophon
Bonaventure

f. 4
Bonaventure
Writing in a book

f. 4v
Writing in a book
 
Christ and John

f. 6
Christ and John
John the Evangelist

f. 6v
John the Evangelist
Francis of Assisi and Sibilla von Bondorff

f. 10
Francis of Assisi and Sibilla von Bondorff
 
Secular reader

f. 10v
Secular reader
Francis kisses a leper

f. 15
Francis kisses a leper
Francis and the lepers

f. 17
Francis and the lepers
 
Frances praying

f. 18v
Frances praying
Francis and a priest

f. 19v
Francis and a priest
Francis is locked away

f. 20v
Francis is locked away
 
Francis is set free

f. 21v
Francis is set free
Francis and a bishop

f. 23
Francis and a bishop
Francis attacked

f. 24v
Francis attacked
 
Francis and a dragon

f. 30v
Francis and a dragon
Francis uplifted

f. 50v
Francis uplifted
Francis giving out bread

f. 52v
Francis giving out bread
 
Francis with a cross

f. 53
Francis with a cross
Francis feeds and teaches

f. 59v
Francis feeds and teaches
Francis and a surgeon

f. 61v
Francis and a surgeon
 
Francis turns water to wine

f. 62v
Francis turns water to wine
Angels play music for Francis

f. 63v
Angels play music for Francis
Francis bring light

f. 65
Francis bring light
 
Francis preaching outside Assisi

f. 68
Francis preaching outside Assisi
A vision of the throne in heaven

f. 72v
A vision of the throne in heaven
Francis reveals relics

f. 74
Francis reveals relics
 
A bishop embraces Francis

f. 75
A bishop embraces Francis
Bringing peace to Arezzo

f. 76v
Bringing peace to Arezzo
Three women greet Francis

f. 85
Three women greet Francis
 
Francis feeds a poor man

f. 91v
Francis feeds a poor man
Francis prays for rain

f. 93
Francis prays for rain
Francis among sheep

f. 103
Francis among sheep
 
Francis and a lamb praying

f. 104
Francis and a lamb praying
Francis and a leveret

f. 105v
Francis and a leveret
Francis among the birds

f. 107v
Francis among the birds
 
Francis and the pheasant

f. 110v
Francis and the pheasant
The Trinity

f. 111
The Trinity
Francis is tempted by the devil.

f. 161v
Francis is tempted by the devil.
 
The stigmatisation of Francis

f. 164v
The stigmatisation of Francis

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