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Detailed record for Additional 30024

Author Brunetto Latini
Title Li Livres dou Tresor
Origin France, S.
Date 1260-1299
Language French
Script Gothic
Decoration 2 full-page miniatures in colours with gold, one containing twenty-one divisions (f. 1v), the other a tree, with branches and labels in red or blue (f. 2r). 7 historiated initials marking the major divisions, in colours on gold grounds with partial borders and geometric decoration in red and blue with gold, one (f. 8v), with display script in gold (ff. 8v, 54v, 64v, 91r, 124r, 181r, 226v). Initials in red or blue with pen-flourishing in the other colour, some with zoomorphic decoration or human heads. Rubrics and chapter numbers in red.
Dimensions in mm 310 x 210 (225 x 160), written in two columns
Official foliation ff. 246 (f. 246 is a small paper leaf inserted after f. 245 + 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf and 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end).
Collation i 2 + 8(ff. 1-10) ii-v8 (ff. 11-50), vi8-2 (ff. 51-55), vii 8 (ff. 56-64), viii8-2 (ff. 65-70), ix-xxx8 (ff. 71-238), xxxi 8+1 (ff. 239-[iii]). Quire numbering and catchwords.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather with gold tooling and gold fore-edges.
Provenance Notes in Latin in a 19th-century hand on an added paper leaf (f. 246).
William Bragge (b. 1822, d. 1884), engineer and antiquary, his sale, Sotheby's, 7 June 1876, lot 44; bought by the British Museum for £30.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Contents:
f. 3r-8v: Table of chapters,
ff. 8v-91r : Book 1, La Naissance de Toutes Choses, a universal history of the world, in three sections (two leaves after f. 48, two leaves after f. 63 and the end of Chapter 18 (f. 63r) are lacking);
ff. 91r-124r : Book 2, L'Ethique d'Aristote;
ff. 124r-245r : Book 3, Les Vices et les Vertus (ff. 124-181r); La Rhétorique (ff.181r-226v); Le Gouvernement des Cités (ff. 226v-245r).
Foliation in roman numerals in the upper right of each recto folio, beginning at f. 9.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1876-1881 (London: British Museum, 1882), pp. 21-22.

Hermann Varnhagen, 'Die handschriften Ewerbungen des British Museum auf dem Gebiete des Altromanischen in dem Jahren von 1865 bis Mitte 1877', Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 1 (1887), 541-55 (p. 548).

F.J. Carmody, 'Brunetto Latini's Trésor: A Genealogy of 43 MSS,' Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 56 (1936), 93-99 and 60, (1940), 78-82.

Brunetto Latini, Li Livres dou Tresor ed. by Francis J. Carmody, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1948 [for an edition of the text].

F. Vielliard, 'La tradition manuscrite du Livre dou Trésor de Brunet Latin: Mise au point,' Romania 111 (1990), 141-52, (C2; pp. 143-44).

Alison Stones, ‘The Illustrated Manuscripts of Brunetto Latini, Le Trésor’ in The City and the Book, II: The Manuscript, the Illumination, ed. Julia Bolton Holloway (Florence, 2002), online at http://www.florin.ms/beth5.html#stones [accessed 8.2.2017].

Julia Bolton Holloway, ‘Brunetto Latino, Maestro di Dante Alighieri: An Analytic and Interactive Bibliography’, online at http://www.florin.ms/BrunLatbibl1.html, C2 [accessed 8.2.2017].

John Sabapathy, 'A Medieval Officer and a Modern Mentality: Podesta and the Quality of Accountability', The Mediaeval Journal, 1.2 (2011), 43-79 (pp. 48, 51-54, 60).

John Sabapathy, Officers and Accountability in Medieval England, 1170-1300 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 2-4, 9.


Images
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The arts and sciences

f. 1v
The arts and sciences
Tree of Virtues and Vices

f. 2
Tree of Virtues and Vices
Perhaps Brunetto Latini

f. 8v
Perhaps Brunetto Latini
 
Hybrid creatures

f. 54v
Hybrid creatures
Ship and fish

f. 64v
Ship and fish
Perhaps Aristotle and Alexander

f. 91r
Perhaps Aristotle and Alexander
 
Cleric with a book

f. 124
Cleric with a book
Person holding dividers

f. 181
Person holding dividers
Person with a book

f. 226v
Person with a book
 

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