Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 371-372 (V.1.8-9)
Title: De Casv Virorvm et Foeminarvm Illvstrivm Libri VI
Images: [ MS Hunter 371 fol. 5r ] [ MS Hunter 371 fol. 38r ] [ MS Hunter 372 fol. 3 ] [ MS Hunter 372 fol. 104v ]
Associated Websites: Images and caption from World of Chaucer web exhibition
Date of Creation: Between 1466 and 1467
Place of Creation: Paris, France
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Joannis Boccatii, De Casv Virorvm et Foeminarvm Illvstrivm Libri VI. (A Lavrentio Premierfait in Lingvam Gallicam Translati.) (Laurence de Premierfait, Les Cas des Nobles Hommes et Femmes.)
Boccacio's Fall of Princes, translated into French by Laurence de Premierfait, in two volumes:
Vol. I begins (1, 1 recto col. a, lines 1-3 - under a picture, for which see Remarks below): S [gilt illuminated initial] elon Raison et bonnes | meurs lomme soy ex | ercant en aucune sci
Ends (15, 12 recto col. b, lines 7-11): qui chrent sur science de vertu. | Cy fine le cinquiesme liure des ix liures | de Jehan boccace des cas des nobles | et femmes Et tantost apres commencent | les Rebriches du sixiesme liure
[33 lines (of titles) erased.]
Vol. II begins (16, 1 recto col. a, lines 1-3 - under a picture, for which see Remarks below): F [gilt illuminated initial] Ortune qui est hy | deux monstre et | qui comme chambe
Ends (27, 9 verso col. b, lines 13-24): qui tourne toutes choses mondaine | [after two lines space] Explicit | [one line space] Cy fine le liure de Jehan boccace | des cas des nobles hommes et femmes | Escript ce present volume dieu don | nant par la main de frere nicole | saint homme Religieux de lordre | de lospital saint Jehan de Jherusalem | demourant au temple a paris Et | fut acheue et finy le huitiesme Jour | dauril Mil . quatre cent Soixante sept . [. cccc . lxvij.] | Apres pasques [rubric]
Remarks: On iii, 1 recto in (modern) Gothic characters: LE LIVRE | de | BOCCACE | Sur les nobles cas des | hommes et des | femmes. | TOM. II. | Ecrit en 1462. | Par frere Nicolas saint homme religieux | de lordre de saint Dominique.
(The same title page in Vol. II., viii, 2 recto, with the exception of "TOM. I." and in the last line, "l'ordre".)
On iii, 2 verso (and viii, 3 verso) is a heraldic blazon. For arms: a shield supported by two white unicorns, bears quarterly 1. 4. paly of six (argent and gules) 2. 3. azure, an eagle displayed dexter (argent) crowned (or) clawed (or) for crest: a white unicorn naissant from a wreath of the colours (gules, azure, argent) upon a helmet (argent) with visor-bars (or) and mantling of the above colours.
The following folios have blank spaces left for vignettes (like those in U.1.12): 1, 2 recto, 9 verso, 12 verso; 2, 4 recto; 3, 1 recto, 9 recto.
ILLUMINATIONS.
[MS 371, 1 recto]: 1, 1 recto, fl. page-picture, 7½ x 7, Boccacio (l.) points to Dame Fortune and victims falling from her wheel. Beginning of Bk. I.
[MS 371, 5 recto]: 1, 5 recto fl. page-picture, 6¼ x 6 3/4, Nimrod gives instructions to his master of works; workmen leave the Tower of Babel in all directions; angels destroy its pinnacle.
[MS 371, 38 recto]: 4, 2 recto fl. page-picture, 8¼ x 6½, Battle of Gilboa; suicide of Saul. Beginning of Bk. II.
[MS 371, 69 verso]: 6, 9 verso fl. page-picture, 7 5/8 x 6½, The rivalry of Fortune and Misery. Beginning of Bk. III.
[MS 371, 109 verso]: 10, 1 verso fl. page-picture, 7 3/4 x 6 7/8, The fate of Marcus Manlius. Beginning of Bk. IV.
[MS 371, 147 recto]: 13, 3 recto fl. page-picture, 8½ x 6 3/4, The fate of Seleucus. Beginning of Bk. V.
[MS 372, 1 recto]: 16, 1 recto fl. page-picture, 7¼ x 6 3/4, Boccacio and Fortune (interior), 1., Saturnus' army approaching the Capitol. Beginning of Bk. VI.
[MS 372, 37 verso]: 19, 1 verso fl. page-picture, 7 3/4 x 7, Antony attacked in Sanctuary. Beginning of Bk. VII.
[MS 372, 65 recto]: 21, 5 recto fl. page-picture 7 3/4 x 6 3/4, Boccacio's Vision of Petrarch. Beginning of Bk. VIII.
[MS 372, 104 verso]: 24, 8 verso fl. page-picture 7 3/8 x 6 7/8, Boccacio addresses Manutius, etc., in the upper compartment; in the lower, Phocinus murders Manutius, etc. Beginning of Bk. IX.
The titles of the chapters of Book VI. (15, 12 recto, col. b, line 8; 15, 12 verso, col. b, line 6) have been erased, causing two holes in the folio. These titles are repeated (in an attempt to reproduce the original writing) on viii, 3 recto.
Under the colophon (27, 9 verso) in gamboge with a final flourish: L homme (?). The illumination of this MS. is apparently by the same Flemish artist as decorated U.1.12 (q.v.), which is another copy of this work. For Laurence de Premierfait, see Remarks on U.1.12. Several initials set off when this MS. was in quires (unbound), but these marks have nothing corresponding opposite now.
[Formerly P.1.4; P.1.3; T.1.3].
N.L.S. Treasures of Scottish libraries, x, 1.
For further bibliography on Premierfait's Boccaccio, see no. 208.
Boccace. Les Cas des nobles hommes et femmes. Glasgow University, Hunterian ms. 371 (V.1.9). Parchemin; 180 f.; 331 x 246 mm.; Français, 1476: Reliure: XVIIIe siècle, maroquin rouge sur ais de carton. Premier des deux volumes (originellement reliés ensemble) de la traduction française par Laurent de Premierfait de l'oeuvre de Boccace, De casibus virorum et foeminarum illustrium libri IX. Secrétaire de Jean, duc de Berry, de Premierfait acheva le travail en avril 1409. Ce manuscrit fut écrit par Nicolas Saint Homme, de lordre de lospital saint Jehan de Jherusalem demourant au temple a Paris, qui le termina en avril 1467. Les miniatures ont été attribuées à un artiste flamand. Le manuscrit fut acheté par Hunter à la vente Gaignat en 1769. Bibl.: De Bure 3489; Young & Aitken, Catalogue, p. 298-299. (Brussels catalogue, 1963.)
Boccaccio. Les cas des nobles hommes et femmes. Glasgow University, Hunterian Library, MS. 371 (V.1.8). Parchment. 180 ff., 331 x 246 mm. Paris, 1467. The first of two volumes (originally bound together) of the translation into French by Laurence de Premierfait of Boccacio's De casibus virorum et foeminarum illustrium libri ix. Premierfait, secretary to John, Duke of Berry, completed the work in April 1409. This manuscript was written in bastard script by Nicolas Saint Homme de lordre de lospital saint Jehan de Jherusalem demourant au temple a Paris, who completed it in April 1467. Each book begins with a large miniature surrounded by a border containing acanthus leaves and flowers. Bought by Hunter at the Gaignat sale in 1769. References. De Bure, no. 3489. Young & Aitken, pp. 298-9. (Dublin catalogue, 1964.)
Physical Description: 2 bound volumes.
Vellum, 13 x 10, ff. 180 (Vol. I.), and ff. 142 (Vol. II.), originally one vol. of ff. 330, well written in bold French book hand, in double cols. of 45 lines, each 9 3/4 x 3-9 3/8 x 3 1/8, signatures all cropped, catchwords (many cropped) sometimes re-written, no foliation, numerous large pictures (see Remarks in Description), floreated pages, gilt illuminated initials (without gestures), rubrics, paragraph marks gilt and illuminated, initials of sentences touched with gamboge, hastae of first lines and lower strokes of last lines prolonged and ornamented with gamboge, practically no marginalia, clean, well preserved, ruled and margined with brown crayon, fol. sec. faueur et aide. Cent. XV. (April, 1467).
Binding: Millboards, covered red morocco, gilt-tooled inside margins, edges, sides (lines) and panelled backs, gilt edges, green silk ribbon markers, titles (gilt): MALHEVR | CAS DES | HOMMES | ET FEMMES | TOM [unkeyable character] II [unkeyable character] [Vol I.]. MALHEVR | CAS DES | HOMMES | ET FEMMES | TOM [unkeyable character] I [unkeyable character] [Vol. II.]. Cent. XVIII.
[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. 298.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: French
Material Type: Document
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'Treasures of Scottish Libraries', National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1961; 'Trésors des Bibliothèques d'Ecosse', Brussels, 1963; 'Treasures from Scottish libraries', Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1964; '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; 'The Magic of the Middle Ages, Part 2: Secular Manuscripts', Glasgow University Library, Sep.-Dec. 1995; 'The World of Chaucer', Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, May-Aug. 2004.
Bibliography: An addition to miniatures of Goddess Fortune in mediaeval manuscripts, ed. Yoshiaki Todoroki (Tokyo, 2000), p. 26 and figs 4, 9, 23; Julie Gardham, The world of Chaucer: medieval books and manuscripts (Glasgow, 2004), p. 29; National Library of Scotland, Treasures of Scottish libraries: catalogue (Edinburgh, 1961), x, 1; Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 54; Treasures from Scottish libraries: catalogue of an exhibition held in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin (Edinburgh, 1964), no. 44; Trésors des bibliothèques d'Ecosse (Brussels, 1963), no. 31; 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 298-299.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Giovanni Boccaccio 1313-1375
Joannes Boccatius, John Bochas.
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. …
exhibition: Magic of the Middle Ages 1994-1995
Exhibition: The Magic of the Middle Ages: Manuscript Treasures of Glasgow University Library. Part 1: Sacred Manuscripts, Glasgow University Library, 21 April-30 …
exhibition: Treasures from Scottish Libraries 1964
Exhibition, Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1964.
exhibition: Treasures of Scottish Libraries 1961
Exhibition, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1961.
exhibition: Trésors des Bibliothèques d'Ecosse 1963
Exhibition, Brussels, 1963.
exhibition: World of Chaucer
Exhibition: The World of Chaucer: Medieval Books and Manuscripts from Glasgow University Library, held at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, 15 May-28 August 2004.
translator: Laurence de Premierfait d. 1418
Laurent du Premierfait, Laurent de Premierfaict.
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