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Detailed record for Additional 38842

Title Apocalypse with commentary in French prose (a fragment from chapters 9-16)
Origin England, S. (London?)
Date 1325-1330
Language French (Anglo-Norman)
Script Gothic
Artists An important court artist who worked on the 'Treatise on Good Government', given by Walter of Milemete to Edward III (Oxford, Christ Church MS 92), see Alexander, 'The Last Things' (1999).
Decoration 18 framed miniatures in colours with gold. Large initials in gold, on rose and blue grounds with filigree decoration in white.
Dimensions in mm 290 x 195 (215 x 135) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 8 (+ 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 24 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1916.
Provenance Bought by the British Museum from an unidentified seller at Sothebys, London, 6 April 1914, lot 678, for £150.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
According to Morgan, 'French Interpretations' (2000), one of 12 English Apocalypses of the first half of the 14th century with for the most part a different iconographic tradition than most of those of the same text produced in France.
The text is close to that of the Queen Mary Apocalypse.
Select bibliography Montague Rhodes James, The Apocalypse in Art, The Schweich Lectures of the British Academy, 1927 (London: British Academy, 1931), no. 72.

Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1911-1915 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1968), I Descriptions, pp. 275-76.

Richard Kenneth Emmerson and Suzanne Lewis, 'Census and Bibliography of Medieval Manuscripts containing Apocalypse Illustrations, ca. 800-1500: II', Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval History, Thought and Religion, 41 (1985), 367-409, no. 70.

Jonathan Alexander, 'The Last Things: Representing the Unrepresentable', in The Apocalypse and the Shape of Things to Come, ed. by Frances Carey (London: British Museum, 1999), pp. 43-98 (p. 86, no. 16).

Nigel Morgan, ‘French Interpretations of English Apocalpyses’, in England and the Continent in the Middle Ages: Studies in Memory of Andrew Martindale, Proceedings of the 1996 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by John Mitchell and Matthew Moran, Harlaxton Medieval Studies, 8 (Stamford: Shaun Tyas, 2000), pp. 137-56 (p. 144 n. 24).

Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, Bible Manuscripts: 1400 Years of Scribes and Scripture (London: British Library, 2007), p. 124, fig. 111.

Nigel Morgan.: The Bohun Apocalypse' in Tributes to Lucy Freeman Sandler: Studies in Illuminated Manuscripts, ed. by Kathryn A. Smith and Carol Krinsky (London: Harvey Miller, 2007), pp. 91-110 (pp. 93, 94 n.17).


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The angel and the seven thunders

f. 1
The angel and the seven thunders
St John takes the book from the angel and eats it

f. 1v
St John takes the book from the angel and eats it
An angel gives St John the reed and the temple is demolished

f. 2
An angel gives St John the reed and the temple is demolished
 
The two witnesses prophesy

f. 2v
The two witnesses prophesy
The temple of God and the woman in glory

f. 3
The temple of God and the woman in glory
The woman and child; Michael and his angels

f. 3v
The woman and child; Michael and his angels
 
The dragon and devils falling into Hell; the dragon vomiting water

f. 4
The dragon and devils falling into Hell; the dragon vomiting water
The beast rises from the sea

f. 4v
The beast rises from the sea
Men worship the dragon and the beast

f. 5
Men worship the dragon and the beast
 
Three men worship the beast while four lie dead

f. 5v
Three men worship the beast while four lie dead
Text page

f. 6
Text page
The lamb on the mount

f. 6v
The lamb on the mount
 
The Judgement of the Wicked and the Harvest of the Earth

f. 7
The Judgement of the Wicked and the Harvest of the Earth
The seven angels and the victors over the prostrate beast

f. 7v
The seven angels and the victors over the prostrate beast
The seven angels with golden vials

f. 8
The seven angels with golden vials
 
The angels pour out the plagues from their vials

f. 8v
The angels pour out the plagues from their vials

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