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Detailed record for Royal 17 E III

Author Bartholomaeus Anglicus, translated by Jean Corbechon
Title De proprietatibus rerum (Livre des proprietez des choses)
Origin France, Central (Paris?)
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists The Ravenelle Master
Decoration 1 large miniature in four compartments, in colours and gold, with a foliate initial in colours and gold, and a partial border, at the beginning of the prologue (f. 9). 19 one-column miniatures in colours and gold, with puzzle initials in gold and blue with red and black pen-flourishing, at the beginning of each book (ff. 15, 24v, 36, 45, 80, 93v, 119, 136v, 145, 148, 154, 166, 175, 184, 209, 223, 264, 297, 314v). 2 ornamental squares in red and blue (f. 214v). Initials in gold with black pen-flourishing, or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Paraphs in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 375 x 285 (290 x 185)
Official foliation ff. 320 (+ 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 at the end
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1985.
Provenance The Old Royal Library (the English Royal library): probably included in the list of books at Richmond Palace, of 1535, no. 57; and in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 13.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Includes Bartholomaeus Anglicus, 'De proprietatibus rerum', translated in 1372 as the 'Livre des proprietez des choses' by Jean Corbechon for Charles V of France.
Catchwords
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. 258-59.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.55.

Eva Lindqvist Sandgren, The Book of Hours of Johannete Ravenelle and the Parisian Book Illumination Around 1400, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Figura Nova Series, 28 (Uppsala: Uppsala University Library, 2002), pp. 49, 54-60, 95-96,, 101, 143-44.

Sue Ellen Holbrook, 'The Properties of Things and Textual Power: Illustrating the French Translation of De Proprietatibus Rerum and a Latin Precursor', in Patrons, Authors and Workshops: Books and Book Production in Paris Around 1400, ed. by Godfried Croenen and Peter Ainsworth (Louvain: Peeters, 2006), pp. 367-403 (p. 393).

Peter Barber and Tom Harper, Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art (London: British Library, 2010), pl. on p. 146.


Images
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Creation and the presentation of the book

f. 9
Creation and the presentation of the book
Creation of Adam

f. 24v
Creation of Adam
Lecture

f. 36
Lecture
 
Lecture

f. 36
Lecture
Four ages of man

f. 80
Four ages of man
Lecture

f. 93v
Lecture
 
Teacher with a globe

f. 136v
Teacher with a globe
Scribe writing

f. 145
Scribe writing
Teacher

f. 148
Teacher
 
Eagle, swan, crane and cock

f. 154
Eagle, swan, crane and cock
Lecture beside a stream

f. 166
Lecture beside a stream
Cities and a river

f. 184
Cities and a river
 
Scribe demonstrating to his pupils

f. 209
Scribe demonstrating to his pupils
Scribe demonstrating to his pupils

f. 209
Scribe demonstrating to his pupils
Animals

f. 264
Animals
 

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