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LJS 16 - Vincent, of Beauvais, d. 1264 - [Speculum historiale, Books 25-28]
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 16 - Vincent, of Beauvais, d. 1264 - [Speculum historiale, Books 25-28]
Author:
Vincent, of Beauvais, d. 1264.
Title:
[Speculum historiale, Books 25-28] [manuscript].
Speculum historiale. Selections.
Origin:
[Paris?, France, ca. 1400]
Physical description:
176 leaves : parchment, ill. ; 370 x 255 (254 x 155) mm. bound to 381 x 275 mm.
Summary:
A volume, probably the third from a set of three, comprising Books 25 to 28 of the Speculum historiale of Vincent of Beauvais. The volume is incomplete, breaking off at the beginning of Chapter 80 of Book 28, although the table of contents for Book 28 lists 102 chapters (f. 148r-148v) and the Speculum historiale when complete runs to 32 books.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Collation: Parchment, i (modern parchment) + 176 + i (modern parchment); 1² 2-13⁸ 14⁸(-1) 15-19⁸ 20⁸(-1) 21-223⁸; [1-102, 104-148, 150-178]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto, with 2 pages cut out (f. 103, f. 149) included in count. Signatures sometimes visible or partly visible in red ink, lower right recto. Catchwords on the last leaf of each gathering, lower left verso.
Layout: Written in 2 columns of 47 lines; frame-ruled in ink with double bounding lines on each side.
Script: Written in Gothic semi-cursive book script.
Decoration: 4 6- to 8-line puzzle initials in blue and burnished gold with elaborate penwork infill and surround in dark blue and red and with full-length bar borders decorated with half fleurs-de-lis in blue and gold and with penwork (f. 1v, 3r, 45r, 148r); 2-line chapter initials in blue or red with contrasting penwork in bright red or blue-black throughout; line-fillers in red and blue; rubrics and running headings in red; capitals touched in yellow. Some catchwords enclosed in decorative cartouches with flowers (for example f. 170v, 178v).
Binding: 20th-century morocco, title gilt, by Douglas Cockerell & Son, 1980.
Origin: Written in France, probably Paris, ca. 1400.
A detached leaf from Book 29 (LJS 124) is laid in the back of the manuscript.
Cite as:
UPenn LJS 16
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania LJS 16
 
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