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Detailed record for Royal 19 A IX

Author Gossuin de Metz
Title L'Image du monde
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date 1464
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 5 miniatures with colours and gold (ff. 4, 5v, 8, 9, 149). Diagrams, with colours, of concentric circles (f. 41), showing the 'roundness' of the earth (f. 42), the shape and division of the earth into hemispheres, etc. (ff. 43, 43v, 44, 45v, 48, 48v, 49, 49v, 50), the planets and firmament (ff. 90, 100v, 102), day and night (ff. 104), the phases of the moon (f. 106), eclipses (ff. 107v, 108v, 110). Rubrics and page numbers in red. Small capitals at beginning of sentences highlighted in red.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 205 (195 x 130)
Official foliation ff. I + 152 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning, 1 after f. 151 and 1 at the end).
Collation Gatherings of 12 leaves.
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL In-house. Rebound in 1968.
Provenance Johan le Clerc, Bruges: inscribed 'en la ville de bruges en.....1464 par le comandement de Johan le clerc, librarier et bourgois dicelle ville de bruges' (f. 4v).
John Theyer (bap. 1598, d. 1673): included in the catalogue of his library left to his grandson Charles Theyer (b. 1651): see E. Bernard, Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae, 3 vols. (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), II, no. 6649.
Robert Scott (b. c. 1632, d. 1709/10), London bookseller: included in the catalogue of John Theyer’s manuscripts in his possession, made in 1678 by William Beveridge and William Jane, Royal Appendix, 70, no . 75.
Charles II (b. 1630, d.1685), king of England, Scotland, and Ireland: purchased from Scott together with other 311 manuscripts from Theyer's library.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
List of chapters (ff. 1-3).
This manuscript contains a unique prologue linking it to Caxton's printed editions (f. 4) and stating 'ce p[rese]nt volume appelle lymage du monde Et fu translate de latin en franchois p[ar] le co[m]mandement et ordonnance du noble duc Jehan de berry et d'auvergne l'an 1245'. Jean, duc de Berry (b. 1340, d. 1416).
The 'prologue du translateur', also found in other manuscripts, follows (f. 5).
Select bibliography O. H. Prior, L'image du monde de Maitre Gossouin (Lausanne: Librairie Payot, 1913), pp. 18-20, 57-204 [an edition of the text].

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, p. 320.

Marcel Destombes, Mappemondes 1200-1500: Catalogue prepare pour la Commission des Cartes Anciennes de l'Union Geographique Internationale (Amsterdam: N. Israel, 1964), p. 145, no. 46.8.

Lilian M. C. Randall, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery, 3 vols (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989-1997), III: Belgium, 1250-1530, 2 parts, II, p. 444.

Medieval Mastery: Book Illumination from Charlemagne to Charles the Bold 800-1475 (Leuven: Davidsfonds, 2002), p. 325.


Images
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Master and scholars

f. 4
Master and scholars
Master and scholars

f. 4
Master and scholars
Master and scholars

f. 4
Master and scholars
 
God the Creator

f. 5v
God the Creator
God the Creator

f. 5v
God the Creator
Creation of earth

f. 8
Creation of earth
 
Creation of  Eve

f. 9
Creation of Eve
Diagram

f. 41
Diagram
Diagrams

f. 42
Diagrams
 
Diagrams

ff. 43v-44
Diagrams
Shadows of the earth

f. 104
Shadows of the earth
Phases of the moon

f. 106
Phases of the moon
 
Universe

f. 149
Universe
The Universe

f. 149
The Universe

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