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Detailed record for Additional 18856

Author Guyart des Moulins
Title Bible historiale (Grande Bible historiale complétée, with prologues), volume 1
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date c.1420
Language French
Script Gothic
Artists The Master of the Bedford Hours,and the Master of the Cite des Dames according to Meiss, French Painting (1974).
Decoration 1 full-page framed miniature with 2 historiated initials and rinceaux full border containing roundels, and added coat of arms in colours with gold (f. 1). 1 half-page framed miniature with full rinceaux border and added coat of arms, in colours with gold (f. 78). 95 column-width framed miniatures, each with partial border and an initial in rose or blue on a gold ground with floriate decoration (ff. 1, 3v, 4, 4v, 5, 6, 6v, 7v, 8, 8v, 9, 10v, 11, 11v, 12, 14v, 15v, 16v, 17v, 19v, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28v, 29v, 31, 33, 34v, 37v, 40, 44, 53v, 56, 68, 76v, 90, 93, 105v, 109v, 112, 115v, 118, 118v, 119, 121, 123, 126, 129v, 132v, 135v, 137v, 139v, 142v, 144, 147, 150, 152v, 154v, 157, 159v, 161v, 165, 168v, 171, 175, 179v, 182v, 184, 194v, 207, 211, 216, 222, 226, 228, 233v, 235, 238, 241, 246, 251v, 255, 265, 269, 272, 274v, 277v, 280v, 284, 287). 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. i + 296 (f. i is a paper paste-down + 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf and 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 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. 3 , 78): 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 (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, London bookseller, 2 February 1852 (a note on f. [iv]).
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
The Bible from Genesis to Psalms, continued in Additional MS 18857.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1848-1853 (London: British Museum, 1868), p. 161.

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Ilustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 11.

Samuel Berger, La bible française au moyen âge (Paris: Champion, 1884), pp. 206, 219, 406-07.

R. Schilling, 'The Master of Egerton 1070 (Hours of Rene d'Anjou),', Scriptorium 8 (1954), 272-82 (p. 279 n. 24).

Millard Meiss, The 'De Levis Hours' and the Bedford Workshop, Yale Lectures on Medieval Illumination (New Haven, 1972), pp. 22-24, figs 51, 57, 58.

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.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997), no. 138.

Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, Bible Manuscripts: 1400 Years of Scribes and Scholars (London: British Library, 2007), no. 128.

Eléonore Fournié' L'iconographie de la 'Bible Historiale' , Répertoire iconographique de la Littérature du Moyen Age (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012), pp.14, 16, 19, 34, 55, 108.

Eléonore Fournié, 'Catalogue des manuscrits de la Bible historiale (2/3)', online at [https://acrh.revues.org/1468?lang=en#tocto1n2] [accessed 20.11.15].

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

Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, The Art of the Bible: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Medieval World (London: Thames and Hudson and British Library, 2016), no. 40.

Robert Schindler, Die bebilderte Enea Silvio Piccolomini Handschrift des Charles de France: Ein Beitrag zur Buchmalerei in Bourges und zum Humanismus in Frankreich, Ars Nova, XVII (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016), pp. 152-52 [catalogue description].


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Upper binding

Upper binding
Upper binding
Old and New Testament scenes

f. 3
Old and New Testament scenes
Prophet

f. 3
Prophet
 
The Anunciation and Assumption

f. 3
The Anunciation and Assumption
Luke

f. 3
Luke
Mark

f. 3
Mark
 
Matthew

f. 3
Matthew
John

f. 3
John
Ascension and Pentecost

f. 3
Ascension and Pentecost
 
Prophet

f. 3
Prophet
Sun and moon

f. 5v
Sun and moon
Creation: the sun and moon

f. 5v
Creation: the sun and moon
 
Creation: God resting

f. 7v
Creation: God resting
The twelve tribes of Israel

f. 78
The twelve tribes of Israel
Twelve tribes of Israel

f. 78
Twelve tribes of Israel
 
Cyrus

f. 207
Cyrus
Cyrus and the Temple

f. 207
Cyrus and the Temple

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