Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 8 (S.1.8)
Title: De Proprietatibvs Rervm. Gallice
Images: [ MS Hunter 8 fol. 10r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1499 and 1599
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Bartholomaei Anglici, (De Glanville), De Proprietatibvs Rervm. Gallice.
Bartholomew the Englishman (De Glanville), On the Properties of Things, translated by Jahan (Jean) Corbichon, Chaplain to Charles V. of France, and presented by him to his royal patron.
1. Table of contents:
Begins (1, 1 recto col. a, line 1): Cy commence la table du liure des proprietes.
Ends (2, 2 verso col. a, lines 25, 26): Cy finent les Rubriches du Liure des | proprietes des choses.
2. Dedication to Charles V.:
Begins - under a miniature, 5 1/8 x 3½, representing the author in a brown monkish habit, over white, and a fawn cowl, presenting this volume to the King crowned (fleur de lys), in dark blue, vair-lined mantle with ruff, red doublet and fawn hose, whose left holds a sceptre (fleur de lys) over left shoulder, while his right accepts the volume ornamentally bound and clasped. The floor is green, the background crimson, with gold tracery, the whole framed (top and sides) with a double border, dark blue (inner) and fawn (outer). Arms of Brittany, square, with bend sinister at top of page, between the cols. - (3, 1 recto col. a, line 1): A [illuminated initial] treshault et puissant prince | Charles le quint de son | nom par la diuine pour | veance de dieu Roy de france. |
Ends (3, 2 verso col. b, lines 42, 43): en lautre monde auec lui sans fin glorieussement.
3. The Treatise:
Begins - under a square picture (unfinished), 7 3/4 x 7 3/4, representing two black-capped figures in academical robes, the taller (right), with a blue mantle over a red-sleeved robe, points with right index to a round, revolving (?) lectern on which lie four books, one open and blank, one (pointed at) open and filled with writing, and the two others in red covers and black clasps, shut. With his left he beckons the other figure's attention (left), in blue cape over red full-sleeved robe, whose left index points to his heart. Above, two winged angels emerge from dark blue clouds to support a figure of Christ in glory, crowned, with right hand raised in benediction and left hand on orb (all uncoloured) on a background of green with tracery of black, enclosed in a wavy frame of slate colour similar to that which encloses the whole picture. The background is dark crimson, divided into small squares with double black lines, and with sprigs of white which make a diagonal cancellation over the first pattern - (3, 3 recto col. a, line 1): C [illuminated initial] omme ainsi soit que les pro | prietes des choses.
Ends (42, 1 verso col. a, lines 24-35): Le liure des proprietes des choses | fu translate de latin en francois | lan de grace mil ccc soixante et douze | par le commandement de trespuissant | et noble prince Charles le quint de | son nom Regnant en ce temps en france | puissamment et le translata son petit | et humble chappelain frere jahan Cor | bichon de lordre saint augustin maistre | en theologie de la grace et promocion | du dit prince et seigneur tresexcellent | Cy fine le liure des proprietes des choses.
The arms of Brittany are repeated on the following folios: f. 9 recto; f. 10 recto; 146v; f. 165 verso; 260v and f. 319 verso. This MS. must have belonged to some Duke of Brittany.
M. Paul Meyer (Documents Manuscrits,... Paris, 1871, p. 114) identifies it with No. 1041 in the sale-list of M. Gaignat's library (catalogued in 1769 by De Bure).
[Formerly R.2.11; R.2.2].
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 16½ x 12½, ff. 320, double cols. of 49 lines, each 11 x 3½, margined and ruled with brown crayon, signatures (numerical), catchwords, no foliation, each of the twenty books after the first has a miniature (in sepia), illuminated red and blue initials, with ornament and gestures vice versa, rubrics, rubricated running titles, paragraph marks, red and blue alternately, fol. sec. Le xviije. Early Cent. XVI.
Binding: Original, stout bevelled beech boards, covered with brown calf, remains of pigskin straps for clasps fastened with brass nails on first board, both boards had originally each a quincunx of similar nails (i.e. 5 groups of 4 nails each), recently re-backed. Early Cent. XVI.
[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. 12.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: French
Material Type: Treatise
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: Donal Byrne, 'Manuscript ruling and pictorial design in the work of the Limbourgs, the Bedford Master and the Boucicant Master',
Art Bulletin, 66 (1987), 117-135 (MS. 8 discussed on p. 122, fol. 89 reproduced as fig. 7); Donal Byrne, 'Two hitherto unidentified copies of the 'Livre des propriétés des choses', from the Royal Library of the Louvre and the Library of Jean de Berry', Scriptorium 31 (1977), 90-98 (MS. 8 noted p. 95 note 22); Donal Byrne, 'The Boucicant Master and the iconographical tradition of the 'Livre des propriétées des choses', Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 91 (1978),pp 149-164; A.L. Cohen, Letters, 25 February and 20 May 1970 (Special Collections Correspondence); Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 51; 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 12-13.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Bartholomew de Glanville fl.1230-1250
Bartholomaeus Anglicus.
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. …
provenance: Charles V King of France 1337-1380
Charles the Wise.
provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat 1697-1768
Secretary to Louis XV of France. His extensive library was sold in 1769.
translator: Jean Corbichon
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