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Detailed record for Additional 15274

Author Gratian
Title Decretum (Concordia Disconcordantium Canonum) with gloss, volume 1
Origin Spain, E. (Barcelona)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Perhaps the Master of Paris lat. 8846, according to Meiss 'Italian Style in Catalonia' (1941).
Decoration One two-column width miniature with a full decorated border and historiated initials in colours with gold (f. 3). 16 framed miniatures with historiated initials beneath in colours with gold (ff. 91v, 115, 135v, 145, 147v, 150v, 154, 161v, 165, 168, 172, 185, 196v, 201v, 205v, 211v). Framed initials in colours on gold grounds, some with human figures (e.g., f. 30) or hybrid creatures (e.g., f. 87v), 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 300 (385 x 245)
Official foliation ff. 227 (ff. 1 and 2 are parchment flyleaves, + 2 unfoliated parchment flyleaves at the beginning, 1 following f. 2 and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Bibliophile binding of dark blue leather with gold tooling.
Provenance Unidentified heraldic devices of two gold shields, one with a red bag (?) and one with a green bunch of grapes (ff. 3, 211v).
The manuscript was in Barcelona in 1440: a note in Catalan on a flyleaf at the end of the second volume (Add MS 15275, 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.
Notes Volume 1 of a two-volume set: vol. 2 is Additional MS. 15275..
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.

Rosa Alcoy,'Ley y potestades eclesiásticas del trecento: patrimonio visual y contextos juridico en las causas de un Decretum Gratiani catalán (British library, add. 15274-15275)", Hortus Artium Medievalium, 21 (2015), 213-28.

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Pope, emperor and assembly

f. 3
Pope, emperor and assembly
Pope and clerics

f. 145
Pope and clerics
Pope, clerics and laymen

f. 201v
Pope, clerics and laymen
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f. 202
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