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New York, New York Public Library, Spencer Collection,  NYPL Spencer 004
Description: ff. 771 in three volumes. - Full brown morocco, gilt, by F. Bedford. - Pt. II produced for the last of the Boucicaut, Jean III le Meingre. Comte Aymar de Poitiers. Diane de Poitiers. Duchesse de Mercoeur. Duc de Vendome. Princesse de Conde. Sir Thomas Brooke. W. Ingham Brooke. Maggs. Bought for Spencer, 1919. - De Ricci, 1336. - Jonathan J. G. Alexander, James H. Marrow and Lucy Freeman Sandler, The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the New York Public Library(London / Turnhout: The New York Public Library / Harvey Miller Publishers, 2005) n. 21.
Notes:-Foliation confusing: often first digit missing, i.e. vol. 2 begins with f. 56 (actually 256) and vol. 3 with 22 (actually 122). Two parts are foliated separately.
Acknowledgments: - We thank Dr. Akiko Komada for her extensive work towards the present description of this manuscript.
Number of Parts: 2 - Number of Images Available: 17
Direct Link: http://ds.lib.berkeley.edu/NYPLSpencer004_42
Language: French Country: France Century: 14th 15th

Part 1: ff. 1-367v (vol. 1 and vol 2, ff. 256-367)
Description: - Parchment - 402 x 292 mm - 45 lines in two columns, ruled in faint brown ink. Catchwords visible. Collation: In volume 1, I-XXXI (8 folios each); XXXII (6 folios). In volume 2: XXXII (2 folios); XXXIII-XLV (8 folios each); XLVI (6 folios).
Country: FranceCardinal point:
Region: City: Paris
Assigned Date: s. XIV2/4Searchable Date Range: 1325 - 1350
Dated by scribe: NoInscribed Date:
Document: NoNumber of Scribes: 1
Script: Gothic
Artist(s): Richard de Montbaston
Figurative Decoration: Miniatures showing biblical scenes; figures appear against diapered or gold backgrounds.
Other Decoration: Large blue and red initials on gold. 2-line and 1-line gold initials on red and blue fields. Rubrics. Book name in red and blue. On pages with miniatures, border design with vines, leaves, flowers. Historiated initial.
Notes: Formerly in two volumes, each with separate foliation, reflecting the composite origin of the manuscript; now in three volumes the beginning fo Pt. II falling in the middle of vol. 2. Latin
Number of Texts: 1

Text 1: ff. 1-367v
Author: Peter Comestor
Other Associate: Guyart des Moulins, translator
Title: Bible historiale
Title: Ici commence la bible hystorialis ou les hystores escolastres cest la prohemes de celi qui mist cest livre du latin en francais.
Language(s): French
Incipit: Pour ce que li deables qui chescun iour...
Explicit: et morut vieillart et planis de iours. Ci fine le livre de iob.
Notes: Translation into French of Historia Scholasticaof Peter Comestor; Pt. I contains Genesis - Job; Pt. II contains Psalms - Apocalypse. 
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f. 1 (vol. 1)   Large miniature with four scenes: God in majesty; the Trinity; the translator at work; presentation of the translation. Historiated initial of king with scroll. Border with motto, "Sans nombre."
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f. 6 (vol. 1)   Miniature of creation with God placing birds in the air and fish in the sea.
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f. 17 (vol. 1)   Miniature of the Ark, with humans and animals on board.
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f. 56 (vol. 1)   Opening of the Book of Exodus, with end of chapter list. In the border, miniature, coat of arms and scroll reading "Et puis hola" (motto of Jean le Meingre).
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f. 128v (vol. 1)   Opening of Deuteronomy, with end of chapter list. Large miniature.
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f. 255v (vol. 1)   End of Volume I.
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f. 256 (vol. 2)   Large miniature.
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f. 265v (vol. 2)   Page of text with 3-line initial, rubric, and catchword.
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f. 290 (vol. 2)   Miniature.
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f. 367v (vol. 2)   Explicit of Part I (end of Job).
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Part 2: ff. 1-405v (begins in vol. 2
Description: - Parchment - 402 x 292 mm - 45 lines in two columns, ruled in red ink, catchwords visible (running vertically). Collation: quaternions are the norm; see notes in dossier.
Country: FranceCardinal point:
Region: ProvenceCity:
Assigned Date: s. XV3/4Searchable Date Range: 1450 - 1475
Dated by scribe: NoInscribed Date:
Document: NoNumber of Scribes: 3
Script: Gothic
Artist(s): Master of Jacques d'ArmagnacEnguerrand Quarton
Figurative Decoration: Large and small miniatures; figures tend to appear against landscapes or interior scenes.
Other Decoration: Full border designs around miniatures. Coats of arms in borders. 5-line red and blue initials on gold. 1- and 2-line gold initials on red and blue.
Notes: Begins in vol. 2 with new foliation. Hands: A, vol 2 ff 1-35, 88-121; vol 3 ff 122-153, 223-251, 260-271, 280-301, 312-330, 360v-405v; B, vol 2, ff 36-75, 84r-v, 85-87; vol 3, ff 154-222, 252-9, 272-9; C, vol 2, ff 76-83, 84v; vol 3, ff 302-11, 331-59 Latin
Number of Texts: 1

Text 1: ff. 1-405v (in vols. 2 and 3)
Author: Peter Comestor
Other Associate: Guyart des Moulins, translator
Title: Bible historiale
Title: Psalmus David. Beatus vir qui non
Language(s): French
Incipit: Benoist est l'home qui n'a la vue au conseil des felons
Explicit: La grace de nostre seigneur soit avec vous tous. Amen. Cy fine la bible en francois.
Notes: Translation into French of Historia Scholasticaof Peter Comestor -- glossed Bible. Part II begins with Psalms, extends through the Apocalypse. 
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f. 1 (vol. 2)   Opening of part 2, large miniature of David praying to God in heaven; full border design, coat of arms, scribal hand A.
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f. 69 (vol. 2)   Small miniature, partial border design, initial, hand B.
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f. 76 (vol. 2)   Hand c, initial.
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f. 122 (vol. 3)   Opening of vol. 3, large miniature, full border, 5-line initial, coat of arms, hand A.
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ff. 153v-154 (vol. 3)   Transition from hand A to hand B. Catchword.
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f. 305v (vol. 3)   Small miniature of Jesus and disciples; hand C.
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f. 405v (vol. 3)   Explicit of Part 2, hand A.
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