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Detailed record for Harley 4338

Author Boethius (anonymous French translation)
Title Le Livre de Boece de Consolacion (Book 4)
Origin France, Central (Bourges)
Date 1477
Language Latin and French
Script Gothic cursive
Scribe André Rousseau (signed Roussellj).
Artists Attributed to Jean Colombe.
Decoration 1 full-page miniature with a large decorated foliate initial, in colours and gold (f. 1v). Large decorated foliate initials, in colours and gold. Small initials, paraph marks and line fillers in gold on red or blue grounds. Cadels. Capital letters highlighted in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 185 x 130 (125 x 65)
Official foliation ff. 1* + 97 (+ 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Gold-tooled brown leather, c. 1616 (see provenance); remains of black silk ties; gilt edges.
Provenance Written by André Rousseau: inscribed 'Explicit ... Prima mensis februarij Anno domini Millesimo quadringentesimo septuagesimo sexto [1477 n.s.] ... [signed] Roussellj' (vol. V, f. 80v).
Gabriel Hinselin, by 1616: his name inscribed with the date (f. 1*); his arms (vol. I, ff. 91, 92 and vol. V, f. 81) and a black wax seal inside upper cover.
The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley '24 die Januarij, A.D. 1722/3.' (f. 1*). Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d.1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes Fourth volume of a five-volume set, Harley 4335-39.
Anonymous verse-prose French translation.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III, no. 4338.

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierter Handschriften des lateinischen Mittelalters, ed. by Harry Bober, 4 vols (London: Warburg Institute, 1916-66), III: Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken (1953), pp.165-68.

Robert Lucas, 'Medieval French Translations of the Latin Classics to 1500', Speculum, 45 (1970) , 225-53 (p. 231).

Claude Schaefer, 'Les débuts de l'atelier de Jean Colombe: Jean Colombe et André Rousseau, prêtre, libraire et escrivain', Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 90 (1977), 137-50 (pp. 143-46, fig. ii).

Glynnis M. Cropp, ‘A Checklist of Manuscripts of the Medieval French Anonymous Verse-Prose Translation of the “Consolatio” of Boethius’, Notes and Queries, new series, 26 (1979, August), 294-296 (p. 296).

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), no. 808.

Glynnis M. Cropp, ‘Le Prologue de Jean de Meun et Le Livre de Boece de Consolacion’, Romania, revue trimestrielle consacrée à l’étude des langues et des littératures romanes 103 (1982), 278-298 (p. 289).

Glynnis M. Cropp, 'Les manuscrits du Livre de Boèce de Consolacion', Revue d’histoire des textes, 12-13 (1982-1983), 263-352 (pp. 265, 266, n.1, 303-305, 345-352).

Renaissance Painting in Manuscripts: Treasures from the British Library, ed. by Thomas Kren (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1983), no. 20, pp. ls 158, 120.

Glynnis M. Cropp, ‘Les gloses du Livre de Boece de Consolacion’, Le Moyen Age, revue d’Histoire et de Philologie, 42, 4th series, 41 (1986), 367-381 (p. 367, n. 2).

Yoshiaki Todoroki, 'A List of Miniatures of Goddess Fortune in Medieval Manuscripts', Cultural and Social Sciences 41 (1990), pp. 71-114 (p. 89).

François Avril and Nicole Reynaud, Les manuscrits à peintures en France 1440-1520 (Paris: Flammarion, 1993), p. 347 [exhibition catalogue].

F. Ziino, 'Una traduzione latina del Boezio catalano', Romania, 119 (2001), 465-82.

'Traduction de l'ouvrage : Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius. De consolatione Philosophiae.', in Frédéric Duval and Jeanne Viellard, Miroir des classiques 17 (Éditions en ligne de l'École des chartes) [] [accessed 17 April 2008].

Le Livre de Boece de Consolacion ed. by Glynnis M. Cropp, Textes Littéraires Français (Geneva: Droz, 2006).

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Fortune, Philosophy and Boethius

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Fortune, Philosophy and Boethius

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