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Detailed record for Additional 18857

Author Guyart des Moulins
Title Bible historiale (Grande Bible historiale complétée, with prologues), volume 2
Origin France, C. (Paris)
Date c. 1420
Language French
Script Gothic
Artists Bedford Master and the Master of the Cite des Dames, according to Meiss, French Painting (1974).
Decoration 2 full-page framed miniature with full rinceaux border and added coat of arms, in colours with gold (ff. 1, 148). 42 column-width framed miniatures, each with partial border and an initial in rose or blue on a gold ground with floriate decoration (ff. 14, 15v, 21v, 38v, 57v, 80v, 83, 102, 110, 112, 113v, 117, 118v, 120v, 122, 126, 138v, 148, 162, 172, 188, 200, 204v, 209, 212, 214, 215v, 217, 218, 219, 219v, 221, 222, 223, 223v, 224, 227v, 239v, 240v, 242, 243, 244v, 245). Numerous small initials in gold, blue and rose with pen-flourishing. Running titles in gold and blue, with decoration in red and black and with rinceaux border above. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 460 x 330 (300 x 220)
Official foliation ff. 251 (+ 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf and 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather with gold tooling.
Provenance Charles de Valois (b. 1446, d. 1472), duke of Normandy, his arms added (ff. 1 , 148): may have been acquired by him after he was granted the Duchy of Normandy in 1465-1466..
A 17th-century- inscription is pasted on the upper parchment flyleaf of Add MS 18856 (f. i): 'DEEZE BYBEL SPREEKT. Kwas in de Waereld, eer de Drukkonst zag het Leeven: Myn Maaker heeft tot Roem! my met de Pen geschreeven: Geschilderd met’t Penceel; één Proefstuk van geduld ! Wind by bolmaakt in my, op’t Heerelykst verbvuld. J. HAZEU. Cz'.
Sir John Tobin (b. 1763, d. 1851), Liverpool shipping merchant, purchased by him from R. H. Evans, London bookseller in 1833 and given to his son, John Tobin in 1838.
Reverend John Tobin (b. 1809) of Liscard Hall, near Brighton, sold by him to William Boone, London bookseller in 1851; purchased by the British Museum from William Boone, 2 February 1852.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1848-1853 (London: British Museum, 1868), p. 161.

Samuel Berger, La bible française au moyen âge (Paris: Champion, 1884), pp. 405-06.

Millard Meiss, with Sharon Off Dunlap Smith and Elizabeth Home Beaton, French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry: The Limbourgs and Their Contemporaries, 2 vols (London: Thames and Hudson, 1974) pp. 364-65, 379.

Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, Bible Manuscripts: 1400 Years of Scribes and Scripture (London: British Library, 2007), p. 142, fig. 128.

Catherine Reynolds, 'Netherlandish Patterns in Fifteenth-Century Paris: Campin, van der Weyden and the Bedford Workshop', in Von Kunst und Temperament, Festschrift zu Ehren Eberhard Königs 60. Geburtstag, ed. by Mara Hofmann and Caroline Zöhl (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007), pp. 217-26 (p. 220).

Eléonore Fournié, L'iconographie de la 'Bible Historiale, Répertoire iconographique de la Littérature du Moyen Age (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012), pp.14, 16, 19, 65, 108.

Eléonore Fournié, 'Catalogue des manuscrits de la Bible historiale (2/3)', online at [https://acrh.revues.org/1468?lang=en#tocto1n3] [accessed 20.11.15]

Gregory T. Clark, Art in a Time of War (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2016), pp. 260-61.


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