Ownership: Bought for Spencer from Harry Levinson and accessioned in 1945.
Citation/reference: De Ricci, Supplement, 333. Library dossier. Listed in Digital Scriptorium, University of California, Berkeley.
Content: Volume 2 is foliated incorrectly with two "f. 1". For convenience, the existing foliation is used here, with 1a and 1b to distinguish the two.
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. The New York Public Library possesses one of the preeminent collections of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts in North America. Drawn from the Library's Spencer Collection and the Manuscripts and Archives Division, these works focus on the 9th through the 16th centuries -- seven hundred years of political, ecclesiastical, social, and intellectual change in Western Europe and the world.
Extent: 2 vols.: ff. ii + 144 + ii; ii + 147 + ii, 11 x 8 cm.