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Detailed record for Additional 15275

Author Gratian
Title Decretum (Concordia Disconcordantium Canonum), glossed
Origin Spain, Catalonia (Barcelona)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin, Catalan
Script Gothic
Artists Perhaps the Master of Paris lat. 8846, according to Meiss 'Italian Style in Catalonia' (1941).
Decoration 22 framed miniatures with historiated initials beneath, in colours with gold (ff. 1, 5, 8, 9v, 12, 14v, 23, 46, 58, 62v, 70, 78v, 82v, 84, 87v, 89v, 99, 102v, 133, 134, 141, 142v). Framed initials in colours on gold grounds, some with human figures (e.g., f. 8v) or hybrid creatures, some with foliate decoration. Alternating initials in blue with penwork decoration in red or in red with penwork decoration in purple. Rubrics in red. Display script. Paraphs in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 485 x 295 (385 x 245)
Official foliation ff. 175 (f. 174 is a parchment flyleaf and f. 175 is a former paste-down + 2 unfoliated parchment flyleaves at at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Bibliophile binding of dark blue leather with gold tooling.
Provenance The manuscript was in Barcelona in 1440: a note in Catalan (f. 174).
Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (b.1801, d.1843), his armorial bookplate on an upper flyleaf, (f.[ii] recto) and in his sale, Messrs Evans, 31 July, 1844, lot 241; bought by the British Museum.
Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (b.1801, d.1843); in his sale, Messrs Evans, 31 July 1844, lot 241.
Notes Volume 2 of a two-volume set: vol. 1 is Additional MS. 15274.
Catchwords, quire and page numbering. Marginal annotations in a contemporary cursive script.
Select bibliography George F. Warner, Illuminated Manuscripts in The British Museum, Series I-IV (London: British Museum, 1903), pl. 40.

J. A. Herbert, Illuminated Manuscripts (London: Methuen, 1911), p. 263.

Francis Wormald, 'Afterthoughts on the Stockholm Exhibition', Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, 22 (1953), 75-81.

Millard Meiss, 'Italian Style in Catalonia and a 14th Century Catalan Workshop', Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, 4 (1941), 45-87.

Pedro Bohigas, La Ilustración y la Decoración del Libro Manuscrito en Cataluña: Período Gótico y Renacimiento, 2 vols (Barcelona: Asociación de Bibliófilos de Barcelona, 1965-1967), I, 131-36, fig. 59, 60, 61.

François Avril and others, Manuscrits enluminés de la péninsule ibérique (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1982), p. 94.

S. P. Madigan, 'A Catalan Pattern Sheet in Milan', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 47 (1993), 26-36 (p. 33).

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997), no. 102.

La miniatura medieval en la Península Ibérica, ed. by Joaquín Yarza Luaces (Murcia: Nausícaä, 2007), p. 140.

Sacred: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and their Sacred Texts (London: British Library, 2007), p. 97 [exhibition catalogue].

Margaret Scott, Medieval Dress & Fashion (London: British Library, 2007), pl. 59, 60.


Images
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Pope and clerics

f. 1
Pope and clerics
Knights attacking unarmed figures

f. 23
Knights attacking unarmed figures
Bishop and astronomer

f. 62v
Bishop and astronomer
 
A baptism

f. 84
A baptism
Marriage

f. 133
Marriage
Carrying a book

f. 141
Carrying a book
 
Marriage

f. 141
Marriage

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