You are in Introduction. Click here to skip the navigation.
British Library
Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
 Detail from the Roman de la Rose
About Simple search Manuscript search Advanced search  Virtual exhibitions Glossaries Contact us  Main
print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back

search tips  Search tips



Detailed record for Royal 2 F VII

Author Nicolaus de Hanapis [Latin patriarch of Jerusalem 1288-1291]; Robert Holcot; Thomas Ryngstede; William Kyngushome
Title Liber de exemplis sacre scripture; Commentary on Wisdom; Commentary on Proverbs; Commentary on Ecclesiasticus
Origin England, S. (St. Albans)
Date c. 1420- c. 1440
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 4 decorated initials in colours and gold with full or partial foliate borders, at the beginning of the colophon and major text divisions (ff. 1v, 2, 79, 231). Initials in blue with red pen-flourishing. Paraphs in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 340 x 210 (220 x 130)
Official foliation ff. 326 (+ 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf attached to a modern paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end; blank folio after f. 78)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal library parchment binding.
Provenance Lord John Beaver, a monk of St. Albans, commissioned by him and given to the Benedictine abbey of St. Albans with the permission of John Whethamstede, abbot of St. Albans (1420-1440): inscribed, 'Hunc librum fieri fecit Dompnus Joh[an]nes Beauer, / Monachus Monasterii Sancti Albani. Quem / librum ex licencia venerabilis mag[ist]ri Ioh[an]nis Whath[a]m/stede sacre theologie professoris eiusdemque Monasterii / Abbatis, contulit deo beate Marie et eccl[es]ie sancti Albani.', followed by an anathema and a list of contents (f. 1v); John's Beaver initials, 'IB', within initials (ff. 1v, 79, 231); arms of St. Albans (f. 2).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Westminster inventory number 'no. 1102' (f. 2), acquired by the Upper Library at Westminster after the inventory of 1542; in the select list of works noted by John Bale of c. 1548; in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 17v; and in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James's Palace (see [Edward Bernard], Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), no. 8230-8232).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Catchwords, some in decorated frames with pointing hands, bifolium signatures.
Scott 1989 notes that this is one of the few examples of original owner inscriptions that were planned into the design of the book (f. 1v).
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), I, p. 66.

Beryl Smalley, 'Robert Holcot O.P.', Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum, 26 (1956) 5-97 (p. 15).

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), pp. 161, 362.

Kathleen Scott, ‘Caveat Lector: Ownership and Standardization in the Illustration of Fifteenth-Century English Manuscripts’, in English Manuscript Studies, 1, ed. by Peter Beal and Jeremy Griffiths (London: British Library, 1989), 19-63 (p. 52 n. 4).

English Benedictine Libraries: The Shorter Catalogues, ed. by R. Sharpe and others, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 4 (London: British Library, 1996), B.88.7.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library in association with The British Academy, 2000), H2.1102, H4.28.
Last revised: Thursday, September 17, 2009

* * *

f. 1v
Arms of St. Albans

f. 2
Arms of St. Albans
Illuminated initial

f. 79
Illuminated initial
Illuminated initial

f. 231
Illuminated initial

print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back
top Back

About Simple search Manuscript search Advanced search
Virtual exhibitions Glossaries Accessibility Contact us Main

All text is © British Library Board and is available under a CC-BY Licence except where otherwise stated