Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 465 (V.6.15)
Title: Stimvlvs Amoris
Images: [ MS Hunter 465 fol. 6v ]
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: S. Evstachii Bonaventvrae, Cardinalis Albanensis, (Giovanni de Fidanza), Stimvlvs Amoris, [in Lingvam Gallicam a Johanne Gerson translatvs].
Cardinal S. Bonaventura's Spur of Divine Love (translated and adapted by Jean-Charlier de Gerson):
Begins (1, 1 recto lines 1-7): Cy commence le prologue de laguillon da= | mour diuine fait par le docteur seraphic saint | Bonauenture . et translate de latin en francoys | par de bonne memoire maister Jehan gerson a | linstruction de sa seur, ou de sa fille de confessi= | on . a laquelle il adresse ce prologue et la dicte [rubric] | O [gilt ornamental rubric] ma treschiere fille translation . [last word rubric]
Ends (21, 4 verso lines 7-9): curramus Per christum dominum nostrum. Amen. | Cy finist lesguillon | Damour diuine.
Remarks: On 1, 1 recto top margin, in a late XVI. Cent. hand: Georgius Gagoeus 1599.
THE ILLUSTRATIONS.
1. On 1, 6 verso [6 v], 3 3/4 x 4, The Annunciation. The B.V.M. (l.) kneels at a stool, on which lies an open book, with her left hand laid upon it and her right upraised; a larger volume, closed, lies on a circular four-legged table in front of the canopied bed (?). Behind her the angel kneels (r.) in a long sleeved and fringed robe with a lily-headed sceptre in his right and touching a large scroll (blank) which twists in a V-shape across the centre of the picture; through the window above the angel the Holy Dove proceeds on rays of glory issuing from the mouth of Deity, who emerges from a heavenly glory, bearing the mound in His left hand and raising His right in benediction, and wearing a royal robe and triple crown.
2. On 3, 7 recto [23 r], 2 7/8 x 2, The Nativity announced to the Shepherds. An angel bears a scroll inscribed: Gloria in excelsis deo et in terra over three shepherds, of whom the left stands with a crook in his right and shading his eyes with his left. He is dressed in laced boots, hose, skirted, sleeved doublet and cowl, and has a knife at his girdle, while the central figure wears a slouch-brimmed hat over his cowl. He is seated, playing a pair of bagpipes, and has a long sleeved mantle. The third shepherd interrupts his playing on a flageolet (?) to look up, as he kneels on his left knee, in a dress like that of the first figure. Sheep recline around; a town lies in the distant background - Bethlehem.
3. 11, 2 verso [82 v], 3 x 3 7/8, The Crucifixion. The Crucified Saviour is surrounded by the emblems of His Passion; to the left: the spear (head), the crown of thorns, the whipping post surmounted with a cock. Here a figure in a Chancellor's robes (?) and wallet, and with the golden chain of an order round his neck, kneels with folded hands (probably the translator, who was Chancellor of the University of Paris). To the right: the scourge, the purse, the bunch of hyssop, the sponge on the pole, the dice, etc.
The historiated initial (10, 2 verso) [74 v] contains a carefully drawn full face - possibly a portrait.
On 21, 2 recto [162 r] lower margin, is a carefully drawn red crayon sketch of a long haired, moustached, bearded face, somewhat resembling King Charles (Stuart) I.
On 21, 4 verso, closely following the colophon, in a XV.-XVI. Cent. hand: 152.
On the same page in a XVI.-XVII. Cent. hand: If God be on our syde (repeated).
Jean-Charlier de Gerson (1363-1429) was a famous French scholar.
[Formerly Q.9.27; Q.9.190]
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 8 x 6, ff. 164, beautifully written in single cols. of 24 lines, each 5 3/4 x 4, ruled and margined with red ink, catchwords, no signatures or foliation, pen and ink pictures (1, 6 verso; 3, 7 recto; 11, 2 verso, see Remarks in Description), gilt ornamental (pen and ink) initials, one historiated (10, 2 verso), rubrics, initials of sentences touched with gamboge, stained in places, first and last pages much soiled, cropped, otherwise clean and well preserved, no marginalia, fol. sec. pas necessaire. Cent. XV. 13th-century sheet used as pastedown in binding.
Binding: Millboards, covered crimson (faded to brown) Russia, gilt-tooled edges, sides and panelled back, saffron edges, blue silk ribbon marker, title (gilt) on dark green morocco shield: BONAVENTURE | ON | DIVINE LOVE | IN FRENCH | BY DR. | GERSON. 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. 387.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
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. 123; 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 386-387.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Bonaventura Saint c.1217-1274
John di Fidanza.
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: Jean Charlier de Gerson 1363-1429
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