Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 38 (T.1.6)
Title: Vita Christi
Images: [ MS Hunter 38 fol. 169r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Ludolphi de Saxonia, Vita Christi. Gallice. Vol. III. (Guillaume le Ménard, Vie de Jésus-Christ.)
Ludolphus of Saxony's Life of Christ. Translated into French by Guillaume le Ménard. Vol. III.
Begins - after a table of contents occupying 1, 1 recto col. a, line 1-1, 2 recto col. b, line 4 - (2, 1 [fol. j.] recto col. a, lines 1-4): E [illuminated initial under a vignette of S. Peter's Confession] N la premiere par | tie de cestuy liure mil | le est faicte mencion | de la passion de iesu.
Ends (30, 3 [fol. ccxxxiiij.] verso col. b, lines 23, 24): stre le salueur de tous | Amen.
Remarks: On iii, 1 recto in the same bold hand as has titled the other vols.: Le Tiers Volume de | vita christi | pour le Roy.
The last seven chapters in the table of contents are hurriedly written and not illuminated like the rest; the last twenty folios similarly appear more hurriedly written, and lack the smaller ornamentation of coloured capitals and paragraph marks.
Blood (?) stains on 1, 2. and on 29, 8. and 30, 1. (ff. 231, 232).
Several errors occur in the foliation in the 25th and following quires.
THE ILLUMINATIONS.
Floreated borders and vignettes occur on the following folios:
f. 1 recto col. a. S. Peter's Confession (S. Peter with keys; S. John with spotted viper in golden chalice).
f. 5 verso col. b. Jesus predicts His Passion.
f. 10 verso col. a. Jesus' Transfiguration (hands and face gilt; Moses with Rod and red and green Tables: Elias in black and white monkish dress).
f. 15 recto col. a. Jesus answers the Lunatic Boy's Father who kneels, staff in right, beads in left hand.
f. 15 recto col. b. Jesus exorcises the Lunatic Boy (retouched).
f. 18 recto col. b. S. Peter pays Tribute (retouched).
f. 27 recto col. b. Parables of Lost Sheep, Piece of Money, and Prodigal (retouched).
f. 33 verso col. a. Jesus tells S. Peter and the other Apostles to forgive until seventy times seven.
f. 37 verso col. a. Parable of the Two Servants (man in stocks in background, king crowned and wearing ermine-lined cloak).
f. 42 verso col. a. Jesus explains why a man should leave Wife and Home.
f. 47 verso col. b. Monk in white writes at desk (books on shelf as in Vol. I, 2, 1 recto).
f. 51 recto col. b. Illustration of the Rich Man and the Camel.
f. 54 verso col. b. Parable of the Labourers (receiving Day's Wage).
f. 58 recto col. b. Parable of the Unjust Steward.
f. 62 recto col. b. Parable of Dives and Lazarus.
f. 68 recto col. a. Jesus raises Lazarus (a Jew holds his nose - faces retouched).
f. 74 recto col. a. The Chief Priests and Pharisees conspire to kill Jesus.
f. 77 recto col. a. Jesus cures the Ten Lepers.
f. 80 verso col. b. Jesus is refused lodging in a Samaritan town (a door padlocked).
f. 82 verso col. a. Jesus and the mother of Zebedee's children.
f. 88 verso col. a. Jesus cures the Blind Man (Bartimaeus).
f. 100 verso col. a. Jesus calls Zacchaeus (faces, etc., retouched).
f. 103 verso col. a. Jesus cures the two Blind Men (faces, etc., retouched).
f. 105 recto col. b. Jesus is anointed by Mary Magdalene.
f. 109 recto col. a. Jesus enters Jerusalem on an Ass (foal behind).
f. 115 verso col. b. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem.
f. 118 recto col. b. Jesus overturns the Money-changers' Tables.
f. 127 recto col. a. Jesus curses the Fig-Tree.
f. 137 recto col. b. Parable of the Wedding Garment.
f. 141 verso col. a. Jesus and the Tribute to Caesar.
f. 157 verso col. b. Jesus preaches of the Coming of Antichrist to crowned, sceptred, ermine-robed kings and others.
f. 169 recto col. b. The Last Judgment.
f. 193 recto col. a. S. Mark, in black monkish dress, with lion, writing.
f. 197 recto col. a. Judas receives the Thirty Pieces of Silver.
f. 201 verso col. a. The Last Supper.
f. 205 recto col. b. Jesus washes the Disciples' Feet.
f. 211 verso col. a. Jesus gives Judas the Sop - on the end of a knife.
f. 217 recto col. b. Jesus institutes the Blessed Sacrament.
f. 223 verso col. b. Jesus delivers a Sermon after the Blessed Sacrament.
[Formerly R.2.10; R.2.17].
Physical Description: Bound volume. Vellum, 15˝ x 10 3/4, ff. 228, written by the same hand as wrote Vols. I, II., double cols. of 47 lines, each 10 5/8 x 3, ruled and margined with red, signatures almost all cropped off, catchwords partly cropped, foliation and headlines rubricated, contemporary, floreated columns with vignettes, illuminated initials, coloured capitals and paragraph marks, rubrics, fine vellum, fol. sec. et enoch. End of Cent. XV.
Binding: Modern millboards, (replacing original wooden boards covered with crimson velvet), covered fawn calf, blind-tooled edges, sides and back, view of old Hunterian Museum (gilt), lettered: MUSEUM HUNTERIANUM GLASGUENSE. Title (gilt) on crimson and black morocco shields: VITA | CHRISTI | TOM. | III. | Blue edges stamped (?) gold fleurs-de-lys. Early Cent. XIX.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 43.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: French
Material Type: Document
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'The Glory of the Page', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. 1988, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Jun.-Aug. 1988, Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Nov. 1988-Jan. 1989.
Bibliography: Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 60; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 43-44.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Ludolf of Saxony c.1300-1377/8
Ludolphus de Saxonia.
exhibition: Glory of the Page 1987-1989
Exhibition of medieval manuscripts from Glasgow University Library: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. …
translator: Guillaume Le Ménard
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