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Detailed record for Royal 20 C IV

Author Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by Laurent de Premierfait
Title Des Cas des nobles hommes et femmes (De casibus virorum illustrium in French translation)
Origin France, Central (Paris?)
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Attributed to Master of the Cité des Dames
Decoration 1 large miniature in colours and gold with a full border, at the beginning of the prologue (f. 1). 14 one-column miniatures in colours and gold with partial borders (ff. 8, 30, 43, 77v, 119, 145, 160, 186v, 198, 239v, 263v, 269, 310v), and foliate initials in colours and gold, at the beginning of books. Initials and paraphs in gold on blue and rose grounds with penwork decoration in white, some with foliate extensions in colours and gold.
Dimensions in mm 390 x 280 (240 x 185)
Official foliation ff. i + 348 (+ 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf attached to a modern paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end, and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the beginning; f. i is a medieval parchment flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal library parchment binding; foredge inscribed with 'J[e}han Bocace'.
Provenance Inscribed 'tr[a]nsuit [erased]/ p[er] maninus x videl[icet] illi[us] / qui min[i]avit in margine / qui ill[um]inavit litt[er]as / qui f[e]ci[t] ystorias / qui f[e]ci[t] collaturas mudavit / qui religavit / qui deauravit folia / f[e]ci[t] clavos / qui f[e]ci[t] ligaturas / qui deauravit eas / qui posuit et affixit eas', 15th century (f. i).
Monogram, perhaps 'DC', 15th century ? (f. i verso, f. 135v).
Henry VIII (b. 1491, d. 1547), king of England and Ireland: the monogram 'HR' [for Henricus Rex] (f. 1).
?Shelfmark of a very large number in brown ink (Carley's 'Old Large Number') '95' (f. i).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Westminster inventory number 'no. 100' (f. 1), included in the inventory of books in the Upper Library at Westminster of 1542; and in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 13, or f. 14v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Contains the second translation of De casibus virorum illustrium of Boccaccio made by Laurent de Premierfait in 1409, and dedicated to Jean, duke of Berry, with the colophon giving the date of the translation and the name of the translator (f. 348).
According to Meiss 1974, illuminated by the Master of the Cité des Dames
Catchwords.
Select bibliography 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, pp. 371-72.

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Catalogue of Astrological and Mythological Illuminated Manuscripts of the Latin Middle Ages, 4 vols (London: The Warburg Institute, 1953), III: Manuscripts in English Libraries, p. 222.

Carla Bozzolo, Manuscripts des traductions françaises d'oeuvres de Boccacce, XVe siècle (Padua: Antenore, 1973), p. 140.

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. 17, 379.

Giovanni Boccaccio: Catalogue of an Exhibition held in the Reference Division of the British Library 3 October to 31 December 1975 (London: British Museum Publications, 1975), no. 33 [exhibition catalogue].

Catherine Reynolds, 'Illustrated Boccaccio Manuscripts in the British Library (London), Studi sul Boccaccio, 17 (1988) 114-81 (pp. 168-70).

Janet Backhouse, 'Illuminated Manuscripts Associated with Henry VII and Members of his Immediate Family', in The Reign of Henry VII: Proceedings of the 1993 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by Benjamin Thompson (Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1995), pp. 175-87 (p. 180).

J. P. Carley, 'Marks in Books and the Libraries of Henry VIII', Papers-Bibliographical Society of America, 91 (1997), 583-606 (pp. 603, 606).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H2.56.

Ursula Pieters, Das Ich im Bild: die Figur des Autors in volksprachigen Handschriften des 13. bis 16. Jahrhunderts (Cologne: Bohlau, 2008), p. 219.

James Carley, 'The Provenance of the Morgan Golden Gospels' in1000 Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts, ed. by Kathleen Doyle and Scot McKendrick (London: The British Library, 2013), pp. 57-71 (p. 59).


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Wheel of Fortune

f. 1
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune

f. 1
Wheel of Fortune
Adam and Eve

f. 8
Adam and Eve
 
Priam and his son Polites being killed before the altar

f. 30
Priam and his son Polites being killed before the altar
Death of Saul

f. 43
Death of Saul
Text page

f. 77
Text page
 
Struggle of Fortune and Poverty

f. 77v
Struggle of Fortune and Poverty
Death of Manlius

f. 119
Death of Manlius
Murder of Barsine and her son Hercailes

f. 145
Murder of Barsine and her son Hercailes
 
Seleucus II

f. 160
Seleucus II
Caecilius Metellus

f. 186v
Caecilius Metellus
Boccaccio and Fortune

f. 198
Boccaccio and Fortune
 
Boccaccio and Fortune

f. 198
Boccaccio and Fortune
Marc Antony falling on his sword

f. 239v
Marc Antony falling on his sword
Marc Antony falling on his sword

f. 239v
Marc Antony falling on his sword
 
Siege of Jerusalem

f. 263v
Siege of Jerusalem
Boccaccio and Petrarch

f. 269
Boccaccio and Petrarch
Brunhilda

f. 310v
Brunhilda
 

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