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Detailed record for Additional 38118

Title Apocalypse (the 'Huth Apocalypse') in prose, with a prologue by Gilbert de la Porée
Origin France, N. or Central
Date 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language French
Script Gothic
Decoration One framed miniature and a large initial with a partial border with animals and foliate decoration in colours with gold. 69 framed column-width miniatures in blue, rose and white with gold, on gold or diapered grounds, sometimes 2 or 3 to a page (ff. 2, 2v, 3, 3v, 6v, 8, 8v, 9v, 10, 10v, 11, 12, 12v, 13v, 14, 14v, 15, 15v, 16, 17, 18, 19, 19v, 20, 20v, 21, 21v, 22, 22v, 23v, 24, 24v, 25v, 26, 26v, 27v, 28v, 29, 29v, 30, 32, 33v, 34, 35, 35v, 36, 36v, 37v, 39, 39v, 41, 43, 43v). Numerous initials in gold on blue and rose grounds.
Dimensions in mm 280 x 200 (200 x 150) in two columns
Official foliation ff. i + 44 (f. i is a paper flyleaf + 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Collation Gatherings of 8 leaves.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather with gold tooling.
Provenance Added collect for St Leobonus, who is associated with Salagnac in Limousin (f. 44v).
The Jesuit college of Clermont, in Paris (dispersed in 1764) inscribed 'Colleg' Parisien Societ' Jesu, 44' (f. 1) and in the 1764 catalogue of the college library, (Catalogus manuscriptorum codicum Collegii Claromontani (Paris, 1764)), no. 773, described as: 'L'Apocalypse de saint Jean, or Revelation a l'Ange, traduite en francois, avec des applications morales, par un auteur inconnu. Volume petit in-folio, de 44 feuillets, sur velin, orne de miniatures et de lettres capitales en or bruni, bien conservé ; écriture du xive siecle' and inscribed 'Colleg' Parisien Societ' Jesu, 44' (f. 1).
J. Frans Vandevelde, inscribed with his name and the date, 1796 (f. i verso) and in the catalogue of his sale, Ghent 1833, p. 670, lot 14078..
Chevalier Theodore Coninck de Merckem (b. 1807, d. 1855): inscribed 'Coninck 1833' (f. i verso) and in his sale catalogue, Ghent, 11 August, 1856, p. 12, lot 24.
Alfred Henry Huth (b. 1850, d. 1910), book collector, his bookplate inside the upper binding: bequeathed by him to the British Museum in 1910 (see Catalogue of the Fifty Manuscripts (1912), no. V).
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Glossed French Prose version.
A sister manuscript to Dresden, Sachsische Landesbibl. Oc. MS 49, according to Morgan (English Apocalypses (1966)).
Page numbering in roman numerals in the upper margins of the recto folios.
Select bibliography L. Delisle and P. Meyer, L'Apocalypse en français au XIIIe siècle (Bibl. Nat. Fr. 403) (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1901), no. 48 (when in the collection of Huth).

Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts (1908), no. 91.

Catalogue of the Fifty Manuscripts & Printed Books bequeathed to the British Museum by Alfred Huth (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1912), pp. 5-6.

Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1911-1915, 2 vols (London: British Museum, 1925, repr. 1969), I, pp. 17-18.

[J. A. Herbert], Illuminated Manuscripts and Bindings of Manuscripts Exhibited in The Grenville Library, Guide to the Exhibited Manuscripts, 3 (Oxford: British Museum, 1923), p. 37.

Montague Rhodes James, The Apocalypse in Art, The Schweich Lectures of the British Academy, 1927 (London: British Academy, 1931), no. 48.

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. 68.

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 (pp. 145 n. 24, 148).

Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, Bible Manuscripts: 1400 Years of Scribes and Scripture (London: British Library, 2007), p. 125, fig. 112.

Nigel J. Morgan, ‘History and context of illustrated Apocalypses’, in Apocalipsis Yates Thompson (MS. 10) (London: British Library, 2010), p. 19.


Images
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Christ and the Evangelists' symbols

f. 8
Christ and the Evangelists' symbols
Adoration of the Lamb

f. 9v
Adoration of the Lamb
The four winds; the Lamb adored; Angels with trumpets

f. 12
The four winds; the Lamb adored; Angels with trumpets
 
Fourth and Fiftth Trumpets

f. 15
Fourth and Fiftth Trumpets
The four horsemen

f. 16
The four horsemen
Angels and hell-mouth

f. 25v
Angels and hell-mouth
 
Angels

f. 26
Angels
The Sixth Vial and frogs

f. 30
The Sixth Vial and frogs
The Harlot,, the Beast and the Lamb

f. 34
The Harlot,, the Beast and the Lamb
 
The Lamb; Adoration of  the Lord

f. 36r
The Lamb; Adoration of the Lord
The new Jerusalem

f. 43
The new Jerusalem

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