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Detailed record for Additional 15477

Author Guido delle Colonne
Title Historia destructionis Troiae
Origin Italy, N. (Venice)
Date 2nd half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 137 bas-de page miniatures in ink with colour wash. 9 historiated initials in colours with gold. Initials in blue with pen-flourishing in red or in red with pen-flourishing in purple. Paraphs in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 420 x 280 (295 x 200)
Official foliation ff. 58 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Count Justin de MacCarthy-Reagh (b. 1744, d. 1811): sale by De Bure, Paris, January 1817, lot 4267.
Presented by Edward Vernon Utterson (b. 1775, d. 1856), lawyer and antiquary, on 17 February 1845 (a note on f. [ii].
Notes This Latin prose version of Benoit de Ste Maure's Roman de Troie is the work of Guido delle Colonne, judge of Messina, begun at the request of Mathaeus da Porta, Archbishop of Salerno. It was completed after da Porta's death in November 1287, according to the epilogue.
Select bibliography H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), I, 43.

Guido de Columnis, Historia Destructionis Troiae, ed. by Nathaniel Edward Griffin (1936, repr. New York: Kraus, 1960), p. xiv [an edition of the text].

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Catalogue of Astrological and Mythological Illuminated Manuscripts of the Latin Middle Ages, III: Manuscripts in English Libraries, 2 vols. (London, 1953), p. 31.

Hugo Buchthal, Historia Troiana: Studies in the History of Mediaeval Secular Illustration, Studies of the Warburg Institute, 32 (London: Warburg Institute, 1971), p. 66.

Annegrit Schmidt, 'Herkules in einer unbekannten Zeichnung Pisanellos: Ein Beitrag zur Ikonographie des Frührenaissance', Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen, 17 (1975), 51-86.

Bernhard Degenhart and Annegrit Schmitt, Corpus der Italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450, part 2 in two volumes (Berlin: Gerb. Mann, 1980), I, pls 188-89.

Marc-René Jung, La Légende de Troie en France au moyen age (Basel & Tubingen: Francke Verlag, 1996), p. 565.

The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture, ed. by C.olum Hourihane, 6 vols (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), I, p. 440


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Jason

f. 6v
Jason
Jason slays the dragon and captures the golden fleece

f. 7
Jason slays the dragon and captures the golden fleece
Battle with Achilles and Diomedes

f. 34v
Battle with Achilles and Diomedes
 
Achilles and Diomedes

f. 34v
Achilles and Diomedes
Troilus and Cressida

f. 35v
Troilus and Cressida
The Trojan horse

f. 49v
The Trojan horse
 
The Trojan horse

f. 49v
The Trojan horse

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