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Detailed record for Sloane 2433

Title Grandes chroniques de France (in three volumes)
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date c. 1410-1420
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists A Netherlandish artist in Paris (see Meiss 1974), and collaborators. See also Stowe 54.
Decoration Vol. 1: 1 large miniature in four compartiments, in semi-grisaille, accompanied by a large decorated initial and a full foliate border, in gold, red and blue (f. 3). 23 small miniatures, in semi-grisaille, accompanied by smaller puzzle initials in gold and blue with pen-flourishing in blue and red, some with decorated extensions in gold and blue (ff. 1, 5v, 11v, 15, 23, 30v, 44v, 51, 60v, 63v, 78v, 86v, 97v, 105v, 112, 115v, 120, 121v (x2), 123v, 132, 140, 155).
Vol. 2: 15 small miniatures, in semi-grisaille, accompanied by smaller puzzle initials in gold and blue with pen-flourishing in blue and red, some with decorated extensions in gold and blue (ff. 1v, 10v, 72, 85, 88, 89v, 100v, 105v, 113, 117, 122, 139v, 148v, 151, 156v).
Vol. 3: 24 small miniatures, in semi-grisaille, accompanied by smaller puzzle initials in gold and blue with pen-flourishing in blue and red, some with decorated extensions in gold and blue (ff. 1, 7v, 10, 12, 14v, 18v, 24v, 26, 31, 40v, 43, 56v, 69v, 78, 82, 83, 93v, 122, 128v, 137, 142, 149v, 157v, 163).
All volumes: Smaller puzzle initials in gold and blue with pen-flourishing in blue and red, some with decorated extensions in gold and blue. Small initials in gold with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 405 x 280 (280 x 205) in two columns
Official foliation vol. 1, ff. 167 (+ 1 paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end); vol. 2, ff. 168 (+ 1 paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end); vol. 3, ff. 163 (+ 1 paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather; rebacked.
Provenance Very light inscriptions, 15th-century (vol. 3, f. 163v).
Inscription in French, 16th-century (vol. 1, f. 139).
Nicolas Camusat, a canon of the cathedral Saint-Pierre de Troyes, who gave it to Paul Petau in 1613 (see D. Nebbiai, "Pour la bibliothèque de Saint-Germain-des-prés au XVIIe siècle: Nicolas Camusat (1575-1655), ses livres, ses recherches" in Dom Jean Mabillon, figure majeure de l'Europe des lettres, ed. by J. Leclant, A. Vauchez and D-O. Hurel (Paris, 2010) [acts of two colloquia celebrating the tri-centenial of the death of dom Mabillon], pp. 517-541 (especially pp. 521 and 542).
Paul Petau (b. 1568, d. 1614), classical scholar, senator of the Parlement de Paris and bibliophile: his stamped arms and motto ‘Non est mortale quod opto’ (upper covers of all three volumes, binding); inscribed ‘Pa. Petav. In Fran[corum] cu[r]i[a] c[onsillarius] dono Hic . . . ‘ with the date 1613 (volume I, f. 3).
Alexandre Petau (d. 1672), senator of the Parlement de Paris and bibliophile, son of Paul Petau (d. 1614): description in Boendermaker’s catalogue, cited below.
? Pierre Jean Mariette (b. 1694, d. 1774), son of the editor, engraver, and print dealer Jean Mariette (b. 1660, d. 1742): correspondence in 1717 (now in the Louvre) with his father shows that Mariette was attempting to obtain payment for goods delivered to Boendermaker: (see the edition of the correspondence edited by Bent Sorensen, forthcoming).
Theodore Boendermaker (b. 1682, d. 1720): listed in Catalogus bibliothecæ selectae librorum præstantium , codicum mss. & editionum rariorum , quam collegit vir nobilissimus Theodorus Boendermaker. Cujus auctio habebitur, ad diem 30. Mar. & sequentes, 1722 (Amsterdam: Joannis Boom, 1722), as no. 443: ‘La Chronique de France, dit de St. Denis, avec un nombre considerable des Miniatures, Lettres dorées &c. MS. Sur du velin. 3. voll. ex Bibl. Al. Petavii ‘; sold for 252 florins [see annotated Bodleian Library catalogue]..
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Notes The text is in three volumes, also labelled 2433A, 2433B, and 2433C.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 2268-2496 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, no date), no. 2433 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Illustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 13.

Charlemagne: Oeuvre, Rayonnement et Survivances, Exposition organise´e par la Ville d'Aix-la-Chapelle, place´e sous les Auspices du Conseil de l'Europe (Aix-la-Chapelle: Schwann, 1965), no. 711.

Millard Meiss, French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry: the Limbourg Brothers and their Contemporaries (London: Thames and Hudson, 1974), p. 25 n. 62, pl. 83.

Jean Fouquet: Die Bilder der Grandes Chroniques de France, ed. by Francois Avril, Marie-Therese Gousset, and Bernard Guenee (Graz: Akademishe Druck, 1987), p. 110.

Anne D. Hedeman, The Royal Image: Illustrations of the Grandes chroniques de France 1274-1422 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991), pp. 226-28.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (London: British Library, 1997), no. 118.

Paris 1400: Les arts sous Charles VI (Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux, 2004), no. 164 [exhibition catalogue].

D. Nebbiai, "Pour la bibliothèque de Saint-Germain-des-prés au XVIIe siècle: Nicolas Camusat (1575-1655), ses livres, ses recherches" in Dom Jean Mabillon, figure majeure de l'Europe des lettres, ed. by J. Leclant, A. Vauchez and D-O. Hurel (Paris, 2010) [acts of two colloquia celebrating the tri-centenial of the death of dom Mabillon], pp. 517-541 (especially pp. 521 and 542).


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Miniature

vol. 1, f. 63v
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vol. 2, f. 113
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Angels preparing to carry Louis IX up to heaven

vol. 3, f. 7v
Angels preparing to carry Louis IX up to heaven
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vol. 3, f. 122
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vol. 3, f. 18v
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