Royal 15 D III
Author Guyart des Moulins
Title Bible historiale, the early version
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Scribe Petrus Gilberti
Artists workshop of Master of the Boucicaut Hours, Master of Egerton 1070, Follower of the Master of the Breviary of Jean sans Peur, Virgil Master
Dimensions in mm 455 x 340 (300 x 220)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house, with gilded edges. Rebound in 1957.
Provenance Peter Gilbert (Petrus Gilberti), illuminator, notary and libraire of the University of Paris (c. 1415-1421), illuminated (secondary decoration?) by him: inscribed in the decorative line-filler 'pe/trus gilberti me fecit' (f. 15v); other manuscripts signed by him in a similar way are: Brussels, Bibliotheque Royale 9001-9002, 9484, Ithaca, Cornell University Library Bd. Rare BY C36 H835, Yale, Beinecke Library 400.
John Grey, count of Tancarville in Normandy (b. 1384-91, d. 1421), soldier and diplomat, and his wife Joanna (b. 1400, d. 1425), heiress of Sir Edward Charlton of Powys (d. 1425), perhaps connected with them, or with Humfrey, duke of Gloucester, whose illigitimate daughter, Antigone, married Henry Grey, John's son: inscribed 'My lady Powys I yow pray / raymambayre me wayn yow / may', 15th century (f. 111v).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Westminster inventory number 'no. 787' (f. 1), included in the inventory of books in the Upper Library at Westminster of 1542; and probably in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 14.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Bound In four volumes: vol. 1 (ff. 1-144), vol. 2 (ff. 145-284v), vol. 3 (ff. 285-412), vol. 4 (ff. 413-532), originally probably in two (ff. 1-284 and 285-532).
Contains the early version of the Bible Historiale, a French adaptation of Peter Comestor's Historia scholastica by Guyart des Moulins made in 1291-95.
Illuminated by several artist. According to Meiss 1968, the majority of illuminations is by the Master of Egerton 1070 and his workshop, with participation of the workshop of the Master of the Boucicaut Hours, the Virgil Master, and a follower of the Master of the Breviary of Jean sans Peur.
Catchwords and bifolium signatures.
изготовитель и первый владелец, частично иллюстратор Peter Gilbert, illuminator, notary and libraire of the University of Paris (c. 1415-1421)
второй владелец John Grey, count of Tancarville in Normandy (b. 1384-91, d. 1421)
таким образом, предполагаемая дата изготовления рукописи - до 1421 года, вероятно 1415 или даже ранее