Ownership: Notes and bookplates on inside front cover -- see photo. Purchased for the Spencer Collection, 1956.
Content: 1 scribe
Content: 171 colored coats of arms. Black initials.
Content: Dictionary Catalog. Chart by Dr. G.B. Guest.
Content: Manuscript is paginated to 163; first page is foliated, thereafter pagination, so a total of 164 pages or 82 folios. For convenience, pagination used as well as foliation for images.
Content: Some coats of arms show animal figures.
Content: Up to 22 lines per page, ruled in drypoint/light ink.
Biographical/historical: Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts are vehicles of the collective memory of western European culture, and provide a material connection between the scribes, illuminators, and patrons who produced these works and the audiences who view them today. The works represent diverse genres, from Bibles and missals to romance literature and science texts. Dating from the turn of the 10th century until well into the period of the Renaissance, these works give vivid testimony to the creative impulses of the often nameless craftsmen who continually discovered new ways of animating the contents of hand-produced books through inventive and sometimes exuberant manipulations of all the elements of the book: form and format, layout, script, decoration, illustration, and binding. Drawn from the Spencer Collection and the Manuscripts and Archives Division, the New York Public Library’s collections of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts focus on the 9th through the 16th centuries -- seven hundred years of political, ecclesiastical, social, and intellectual change in Western Europe and the world.