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Detailed record for Royal 19 E I

Author Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by Laurent de Premierfait
Title Decameron (Les cent nouvelles)
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date after 1473, before 1483
Language French
Script Gothic cursive (bâtarde)
Decoration 1 large miniature of Jean duke of Berry receiving the book, in colours and gold, with a full border and an initial in colours with penwork decoration in gold, at the beginning of the prologue (f. 1). Initials and paraphs in gold with black pen-flourishing, or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Line-fillers in blue, gold or in gold and blue.
Dimensions in mm 470 x 315 (290 x 185)
Official foliation ff. 463 (+ 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1971. Gilt and gauffered edges.
Provenance Edward IV (b. 1442, d. 1483), king of England and lord of Ireland: the royal arms of England surrounded by the Garter, and surmounted by a crowned helm with a mantling in Edward's colours of red and blue, with the arms differentiated by labels of three and five points for Edward's sons, Edward, prince of Wales, and Richard, duke of York (b. 1473), and a Yorkist badge (f. 1).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): probably to be identified with 'Les cent nouvelles' included in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 52.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Contains the Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio in the French translation from the lost Latin version of Antonio d'Arezzo, made by Laurent de Premierfait in 1411-1414 for Jean, duke of Berry.
Catchwords and bifolium signatures (mostly trimmed, e.g., ff. 334v, 314).
Select bibliography H. Omont, 'Les manuscrits français des rois d'Angleterre au château de Richmond', in Etudes romanes dédiés à Gaston Paris (Paris: É. Bouillon, 1891), pp. 1-13 (p. 7).

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. 347.

Margaret Kekewich, 'Edward IV, William Caxton, and Literary Patronage in Yorkist England', The Modern Language Review, 66 (1971) 481-87 (p. 484).

Carla Bozzolo, Manuscripts des traductions françaises d'oeuvres de Boccacce, XVe siècle (Padua: Antenore, 1973), pp. 158-60.

Janet Backhouse, 'Founders of the Royal Library: Edward IV and Henry VII as Collectors of Illuminated Manuscripts', in England in the Fifteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1986 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by David Williams (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1987), pp. 23-42 (p. 39).

Catherine Reynolds, 'Illustrated Boccaccio Manuscripts in the British Library (London), Studi sul Boccaccio, 17 (1988) 114-81 (pp. 166-68).

Scot McKendrick, 'Lodewijk van Gruuthuse en de Librije van Edward IV', in Lodewijk van Gruuthuse , Mecenas en Europees Diplomaats ca. 1427-1492, ed. by M. P. J. Marten (Bruges, 1992), pp. 153-59 (p.159, n. 89).

Scot McKendrick, 'The Romuléon and the Manuscripts of Edward IV', in England in the Fifteenth Century, ed. by Nicholas Rogers, Harlaxton Medieval Studies, 4 (Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1994), pp. 149-69 (pp. 161, n. 72, 162, ns 74, 75, 77).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.50.

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