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Detailed record for Royal 14 E VI

Author Petrus de Crescentiis, translation attributed to Jean Corbechon
Title Ruralia commoda in French translation (Rustican des ruraulx prouffiz du labour des champs)
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date c.1478 - c.1480
Language French
Script Gothic cursive (bastarda)
Artists associated with the Master of the Getty Froissart
Decoration 4 large miniatures in colours and gold, with full borders and initials in colours and gold (ff. 10, 110, 215, 288), and 8 smaller miniatures in colours and gold with partial border (ff. 28, 62, 76v, 157, 204, 208, 270v, 305v), at the beginning of books. Initials in gold on blue and rose grounds with penwork decoration in white.
Dimensions in mm 475 x 335 (285 x 190), in two columns
Official foliation ff. 310 (+ 1 unfoliated modern parchment flyleaf and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the beginning and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf and 1 unfoliated modern paper flyleaf at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. The Royal Library binding of brown leather with royal arms and gilded edges, 1757.
Provenance Jan du Ries, written by him: inscribed, 'J du Ries m[anu] p[rp]p[ri]a', (f. 310); other manuscripts written by him are: Royal 15 D I, 15 E II- III, and Copenhagen Kongelige Bobliotek Thott 463 2º.
Edward IV (b. 1442, d. 1483), king of England and lord of Ireland: the royal arms of England surmounted by a crowned helm with mantling in Edward's colours of red and blue, and surrounded by the Garter, with two escutcheons bearing the royal arms differenced by labels of three or five points for his sons, and a lozenge bearing a white rose of the York family, with a Yorkist badge 'Dieu et mon droit' (ff. 10, 110, 215, 288); made for him in the Southern Netherlands, probably c. 1479- c. 1480: record of payment to the foreign merchant Philip Maisertuell for books and record of books in the Great Wardrobe Accounts of 1480 (see McKendrick 1994).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 27.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Contains the Commoda Ruralia of Petrus de Crescentiis, in twelve books, in a French translation attributed to Jean Cordechon and made for Charles V of France; preceded by a list of contents (ff. 1-9).
Catchwords and bifolium signatures. Foliation in red, beginning on f. 10.
Select bibliography H. Omont, 'Les manuscrits français des rois d'Angleterre au château de Richmond', in Etudes romanes dédiés à Gaston Paris (Paris: É. Bouillon, 1891), pp. 1-13 (p. 6).

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, p. 141.

Anglo-Flemish Art under the Tudors: An Exhibition held in the Department of Prints and Drawings (London: British Museum, 1954), no. 4.

Margaret Kekewich, 'Edward IV, William Caxton, and Literary Patronage in Yorkist England', The Modern Language Review, 66 (1971) 481-87 (p. 483).

C.A.J. Armstrong, England, France and Burgundy in the fifteenth century (London: Hambledon, 1983), p. 43.

Robert G. Calkins, 'Piero de' Crescenzi and the Medieval Garden', in Medieval Garden (Dumberton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1986), pp. 157-70 (p. 162).

Janet Backhouse, 'Founders of the Royal Library: Edward IV and Henry VII as Collectors of Illuminated Manuscripts', in England in the Fifteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1986 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by David Williams (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1987), pp. 23-42 (p. 39).

McKendrick, Scot, ‘La Grande Histoire Cesar and the Manuscripts of Edward IV’, in English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, 2, ed. by Peter Beal and Jeremy Griffiths, (London: British Library, 1990), pp. 109-38, (p. 110).

Scot McKendrick, 'Lodewijk van Gruuthuse en de Librije van Edward IV', in Lodewijk van Gruuthuse , Mecenas en Europees Diplomaats ca. 1427-1492, ed. by M. P. J. Marten (Bruges: Stichting, 1992), pp. 153-59 (p.159, n. 89).

Scot McKendrick, 'The Romuléon and the Manuscripts of Edward IV', in England in the Fifteenth Century, ed. by Nicholas Rogers, Harlaxton Medieval Studies, 4 (Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1994), pp. 149-69 (pp. 161, n. 72, 162, ns. 74, 75).

Anne Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs, 'Richard III and the Knave of Cards: An Illuminator's Model in Manuscript and Print, 1440s to 1990s', Antiquaries Journal, 79 (1999) 257-99 (fig. 15).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.27.

Thomas Kren and Scot McKendrick, Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003), p. 282. [exhibition catalogue].

Joe Flatman, Ships and Shipping in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2009), pl. 113.


Images
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Charles V

f. 10
Charles V
Man labouring in an orchard

f. 28
Man labouring in an orchard
Man winnowing wheat

f. 62
Man winnowing wheat
 
Men pruning

f. 76v
Men pruning
Men pruning

f. 76v
Men pruning
Author in an orchard

f. 110
Author in an orchard
 
Author in an orchard

f. 110
Author in an orchard
Royal arms

f. 110
Royal arms
Herb garden

f. 157
Herb garden
 
Peasants mowing

f. 204
Peasants mowing
Man digging in a pleasure garden

f. 208
Man digging in a pleasure garden
Man digging in a pleasure garden

f. 208
Man digging in a pleasure garden
 
Cattle and horses

f. 215
Cattle and horses
Fishing and fowling

f. 270v
Fishing and fowling
Fishing and fowling

f. 270v
Fishing and fowling
 
Fishing and fowling

f. 270v
Fishing and fowling
Winds

f. 288
Winds
Man seated at table

f. 305v
Man seated at table
 
Man seated at table

f. 305v
Man seated at table

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