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Detailed record for Additional 15288

Author Henry Suso, translation attributed to Jehan de Souhaube
Title L'Orloge de Sapience, a translation of the Horologium sapientiae
Origin France
Date 2nd quarter of the fifteenth century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Boucicault master
Decoration 1 framed miniature in colours with gold, with full foliate border and a large initial with foliate decoration on a gold ground (f. 2). Two framed initials in rose, blue and white with foliate decoration on gold grounds at the beginning of chapters 1 and 2 (ff. 6v, 14v). In the margin adjoining the initial on f. 14v is a drawing of a plant in red, blue and yellow. Numerous small initials in gold on rose and blue grounds. Rubrics in red. Letters with cadels and extensions into the margins. Paraphs marking biblical passages.
Dimensions in mm 325 x 225 (200 x 145)
Official foliation ff. 170 (f. 1 is a parchment flyleaf + 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Green leather with gold tooling and marbled endpapers.
Provenance Notes in French on the upper flyleaf in hands of the 16th to 19th centuries, including a note, 'De la Bibliotheque de Sedan' in a 19th century hand.
A note on f. 1v.
Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (b.1801, d.1843), his bookplates pasted to the inside upper and lower bindings. In his sale, Messrs Evans, 31 July, 1844, lot 355.
Thomas Rodd the younger (b. 1796, d. 1849), London bookseller: bought from him by the British Museum.
Notes Translated from Latin into French by Jehan de Souhabe, a Franciscan friar, in 1389.
A folio has been excised after f. 7, with only the stub remaining.
Notes in French identify the author/translator as 'Henry Suso 1340 or Jean de Souabe ne en 1300', and 'Jehan Soulchen Jacobin allemand'.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum, 1841-1845 (London: British Museum, 1850),1844, p. 123.

Millard Meiss, French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry: The Limbourgs and their Contemporaries (London, 1974), I, p. 364; II, figs 263, 598, 752.

Peter Rolfe Monks, The Brussels Horloge de Sapience: Iconography and Text of Brussels, Bibliotheque Royale MS IV III (Leiden: Brill, 1990), pp. 32, n. 17 219.

Catherine Reynolds, ‘Jean III le Meingre dit Boucicaut, the Boucicaut Hours and his Horloge de sapience (London, British Library, Additional MS 15288)’, in Quand la peinture était dans les livres, Mélanges en l’honneur de François Avril ed. by M. Hofmann and C. Zöhl (Turnhout and Paris, 2007), pp. 278-83.

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A dominican preaching

f. 2
A dominican preaching

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