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Detailed record for Royal 19 A XIX

Author Christine de Pisan
Title La cité des dames
Origin France, N.
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 3 foliate initials in colours and gold with full or partial borders, at the beginning of each part (ff. 4, 70v, 146). Initials and paraphs in gold with black pen-flourishing, or in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 290 x 200 (185 x 125)
Official foliation ff. 172 (+ 1 unfoliated modern paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end, and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the beginning and 4 at the end; f. 1 is a medieval parchment flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1968. Gilt edges.
Provenance Cecily [Cicely; née Cecily Neville], duchess of York (b. 1415, d. 1495), Yorkist matriarch, and/or her husband Richard of York, 3rd duke of York (b. 1411, d.1460), regent of France in 1436 and 1441-1445: includes the Yorkists badges of the white rose and the fetterlock (f. 4).
Inscribed 'La cite de s dames k.', 15th/16th century (f. 1).
?Shelfmark of a very large number in brown ink (Carley's 'Old Large Number') '93'.
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the catalogue of 1666, f. 14v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Includes Christine de Pisan's La cité des dames, composed in c. 1404-1407.
Bifolium signatures.
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), II, pp. 322-23.

Anne F. Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs, Richard III’s Books: Ideals and Reality in the Life and Library of a Medieval Prince (Stroud, Gloucestershire, Sutton, 1997), pp. 28, 36, fig. 17.

J. P. Carley, 'Marks in Books and the Libraries of Henry VIII', Papers-Bibliographical Society of America, 91 (1997), 583-606 (p. 606).


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