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LJS 266 - La generacion de Adam
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 266 - La generacion de Adam
Title:
La generacion de Adam [manuscript].
Origin:
[France, between 1425 and 1450?]
Physical description:
45 leaves : parchment, col. ill. ; 352 x 185 (240 x 95) mm. bound to 365 x 188 mm.
Summary:
Collection of genealogical and chronicle material, including Biblical genealogy from Adam to Jesus and the apostles; genealogy concerning the Trojan War and the founding of Rome; the legendary history of England and France as founded by descendants of participants in the Trojan War, including the genealogy of Brut and the succeeding line of kings in England up to Coyl; the emperors of Rome; the Holy Emperors starting with Charlemagne; and the kings of France up to Charles V (crowned 1364). The introduction (f. 1r) suggests that the manuscript was meant to trace the kings of England through Richard II (1377-1399) and the popes through one named Innocent and therefore that the manuscript is incomplete.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title from rubric (f. 1r).
Collation: Parchment, 45; i 1-5⁸ 6⁴; [i], 1-34, [35-44] (f. 34v-44v blank but ruled); 17th-century foliation in ink, upper right recto. Signatures c i and c iii visible (f. 17r, 19r); prickings visible on blank leaves at end.
Layout: Written in 52 long lines; ruled in red ink.
Script: Written in bâtarde script.
Decoration: Genealogical diagrams in red ink throughout with framed medallions left blank for pictures of important individuals and cities, 1 diagram lacking text (f. 34r); full-page border of gold-leaved tendrils with acanthus at corners and center outer margin and with an inner frame of blue and red bars with gold infill (f. 1r); 2 5-line illuminated initials in blue and red on gold grounds (f. 1r); 2-line initials in gold throughout, alternating between blue infill on red ground and red infill on blue ground; paragraph marks alternating between red and blue; some rubrics underlined in red.
Binding: Contemporary blind-stamped calf over slightly bevelled boards, tooled in 4 concentric rectangular frames made up of small square stamps: from outer edge to center, a double-headed eagle, Agnus Dei, stag, griffin, and bear or ape seated among foilage; spine repaired at head and tail; 2 clasps and all metal cornerpieces but one lacking.
Origin: Written in France, probably between 1425 and 1450 (Lisa Fagin Davis).
Cite as:
UPenn LJS 266
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania LJS 266
 
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