LECTIONARY OF ST. MARIA DE GUADALUPE.
Guadalupe, 1506 (dated in the sister manuscript in Cambridge, Mass.).
Illuminated manuscript on vellum with 27 large, column-wide miniatures.
Each miniature page surrounded by rich borders with plants, animals and
drolleries. The whole text is embellished with numerous illuminated
initials. Complete, still in its original Spanish bind¬ing. From
the E. Gutmann collection.
Cf. also our catalogue 67 "Unterwegs zur Renaissance"
(Heading for Renaissance), no. 46.
|JEAN MANSEL. Fleur des Histoires. Flanders (probably Bruges, c. 1475). Illuminated manuscript on vellum with 17 (8 very large) miniatures by the Master of Anton of Burgundy and workshop.
A majestic chronicle of Belgium from the second half of the fifteenth
century. This is the only independent copy of the
“Chroniques” known in private ownership. Jean Mansel
abbreviated the text of Jean Wauquelin’s History of Hainaut
(Henegouw) for his „Fleurs des Histoires“ in 1446-1451.
Independent copies of this text have previously passed unrecognized.
This unique manuscript is illuminated by the Master of Anton of
Burgundy, its 17 marvelous miniatures rank among the best achievements
of the Master who was active in Bruges in the 1470s and 1480s. His work
attracted some of the greatest bibliophiles in the Netherlands among
them Louis of Gruuthuse and the “Great” Bâtard de
Bourgogne. The sumptuous manuscript was no doubt commissioned by a high
ranking noble at the Burgundian Court. From the prestigious collections
of Beriah Botfield and the Marquess of Bath. Large manuscript
chronicles are very rarely seen on the art market, as almost all
surviving copies have found their way to public collections.
Find a more detailed description (in German) with numerous photographs of the miniatures in our catalogue 60: Leuchtendes Mittelalter
, New Series V, no. 10.
GUILLAUME DE DIGULLEVILLE.
Pèlerinage de la Vie Humaine et Pèlerinage de l’Ame.
Paris, c. 1440. Illuminated manuscript on vellum with 201 miniatures (!),
including frontispieces by the workshop of the Master of the Munich Golden Legend
and 196 column-wide miniatures by the Master of Étienne Sauderat.
A spectacular manuscript with a wealth of beautiful illustrations. The
“Pèlerinage” of Guillaume de Digulleville (d. 1358)
is one of the most influential French vernacular texts of the later
Middle Ages. The vast poem was first composed in 1330 and was revised
in 1355 when the author added about 5.000 lines. Our manuscript
contains the very rare expanded version, and is apparently the only
illustrated copy in private hands (of the five copies known four belong
to the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris). The volume has the
extraordinary total of 201 miniatures, the majority of them by the
Master of Estienne Sauderat, the most extensive cycle of illustrations
by this prestigious artist.