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Illuminated manuscripts.

Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Handwritten manuscripts that have been decorated with gold or silver, brilliant colors, designs, or miniature pictures. Although prevalent in Islamic and Asian societies, the longest tradition of illuminating manuscripts was in Christian medieval Europe, from the 6th-16th centuries, when the art was superseded by printed illustrations. Generally, the manuscripts were both 'historiated', or decorated with relevant paintings, and 'illuminated' in its original sense, meaning decorated with calligraphic initial capital letters using gold leaf. Over time, the term 'illuminated' came to refer to any illustration or decoration in a manuscript. Illuminated manuscripts played a major role in the development of art, partly because of the manuscript's portability in carrying artistic developments from one region to another.

Found in 154 Collections and/or Records:

13th-century manuscript containing the 'Decretum' of Gratian, with the gloss of Bartholomeus Brixiensis.

Identifier: Adv.MS.10.1.2
Scope and Contents 13th-century canon law manuscript containing an incomplete text of the 'Decretum' of Gratian with the gloss of Bartholomeus Brixiensis, a correction of the gloss of Johannes Teutonicus Zemeke. The work has been dated to the 13th century by Borland, and to the 14th century by Dolezalek. The manuscript was probably written in Italy and illuminated in France or England. The main body of text is written in double columns of 50 lines, with glosses in two columns. Both the...
Dates: 13th century

13th-century manuscript of canon law, the 'Decretum' of Gratian.

Identifier: Adv.MS.3.1.12
Scope and Contents 13th-century canon law manuscript containing the 'Decretum' of Gratian, with glosses to the text only in select places. Ker has dated the manuscript to the first half of the 13th century. The main body of text is written in littera textualis in double columns of 50 to 51 lines each, with spaces left for glosses in two columns. Borland suggests that the manuscript was possibly executed in France based on the illumination. Dolezalek believes the manuscript can be attributed to...
Dates: 1st half of 13th century.

14th-century manuscript containing the 'Lectura Clementinarum', 'Liber Sextus', and part of the 'Lectura Decretalium' of Zenzelinus de Cassanis, as well as a 15th-century insertion of the 'Arbor Actionum' of Johannes Bassianus.

Identifier: Adv.MS.10.1.3
Scope and Contents A manuscript containing a collection of works on canon law by Zenzelinus de Cassanis. According to Dolezalek, the work was written in Italy some time after 1328 and probably illuminated in either France or England. The manuscript is written in Littera Bononiensis in double columns of 70 lines each.The contents of the manuscript are as follows:Later insertions of a 15th century example of the 'Arbor Actionum' of Johannes Bassianus, probably written in the hand of...
Dates: 14th century, after 1328.

14th-century manuscript of the `Historia Anglorum` of Henry of Huntingdon.

Identifier: Adv.MS.33.5.2
Scope and Contents It contains prologue (folio 1) and books 1-10 (folios 2, 17, 29 verso, 46 verso , 60 verso, 75, 91, 106, 128 verso, 142); the end of book 9 is missing (from page xxvi, paragraph 19, 1.6 in T Arnold’s edition, who prints only extracts of this book), and of book 10 only a single leaf remains (page 276, paragraph 20, 1.10-page 279, paragraph 3 in Arnold).The text is written by one hand as far as folio 131; the remainder is by another contemporary, smaller hand, who uses a different...
Dates: 14th century.

14th-century manuscript of the 'Historia Anglorum' of Henry of Huntingdon.

Identifier: Adv.MS.33.5.4
Scope and Contents The manuscript contains prologue (folio 1) and books 1-7 (folios 2, 12 verso, 23 verso, 38 verso, 50 verso, 64, 76 verso), ending in the year 1138, the first 11 paragraphs of the later book 8 being included in book 7 (cf. Arnold, pages xii, xxxix note 3). Book-numbers are added at the tops of folios 315 and 24 only.There are initials throughout; that of the prologue is zoomorphic, and that of book 1 more elaborate than the rest. On folios 1-20 they are in red and/or green, with a...
Dates: 14th century.

15th-century book of hours, according to the Use of Paris, written in France.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.8.12
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows:(i) Calendar in French in red and black. Entries in red include Saints Eloi (24 June) and Marcel (3 November) (folio 2).(ii) Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary (folio 14).(iii) Penitential Psalms and Litany (folio 54).(iv) Hours of the Cross (folio 72).(v) Hours of the Holy Ghost (folio 76).(vi) Office of the Dead (folio 79 verso).(vii) The Sept Requestes and a hymn to the Cross in...
Dates: 15th century.

15th-century book of hours, according to the Use of Paris, written in France.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.8.13
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows:(i) Calendar in French, in red, blue and gold (folio 1). Entries in gold include Saints Genevieve (3 January), Stephen (3 August), Lupus and Giles (1 September) and Denis (9 October). St Martial appears in red on 26 July.(ii) Sequences of the Gospels (folio 14).(iii) `Obsecro te` (in the masculine form), `O intemerata` (in the feminine form) and suffrages to St Sebastian. (folio 20 verso)(iv) Hours of the Blessed...
Dates: 15th century.

15th-century book of hours, according to the Use of Rome, written in Italy.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.8.15
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows:(i) Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary (folio 1). The Te Deum at Matins is replaced by the canticle ‘Te matrem laudamus’. The Hours are followed (folio 77 verso) by the same office for Advent.(ii) Gradual and Penitential Psalms (folio 95 verso).(iii) Litany and prayers (folio 128).(iv) Office of the Dead (folio 141 verso).(v) Hours of the Cross (folio 199 verso).(vi) Office of the Cross (folio...
Dates: 15th century.

15th century Italian manuscript of works by Cicero

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.5.15
Scope and Contents The contents of the manuscript are as follows:'Laelius de amicitia' (folio 1); 'Cato Maior de senectute' (folio 25); and,'Paradoxa Stoicorum' (folio 47) (49 'infinite'-end is lost). The text shows a great many variants, especially changes of order and small omissions, from that of the older manuscripts. On folio 1 is a gold initial with white vine-stem decoration, filled with green and lilac and surrounded with blue. Other initials...
Dates: 15th century.

15th-century manuscript containing the first statutes of the Ordre de Saint-Michel drawn up in 1469, but not those of 1476.

Identifier: Adv.MS.31.7.15
Scope and Contents The statutes (folio 5) are preceded by a list of their articles (folio 1). There are lacunae in the text following folios 14 and 16. Written in littera bastarda. Ruling in red ink. Folios 4 and 25 blank but ruled. Initials in gold on red and blue grounds. On folio 5 is a large miniature of the French king, crowned and wearing the collar of the Order, seated on a throne. There are no figures of other members of the Order. The arms of France, surrounded by the collar of the Order,...
Dates: 1469-1476.

15th-century manuscript containing the 'Oratio in die cinerum apud Pium Papam Secundum' of Giovanni Antonio Campano, and the 'De ira Dei', 'De opificio Dei', and 'De fenice ave' of Lactantius.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.7.14
Scope and Contents 15th-century manuscript produced in France. The work can be dated to after 1458 due to the mention of Pope Pius II in the rubric of 'Oratio in die Cinerum'.The manuscript is the work of one scribe and is written in littera textualis with 28 lines to a page. The contents are as follows:Vellum flyleaf with possible ownership inscription. Folio 1.Vellum flyleaf with title inscription. This folio has probably been repurposed as it was once facing a...
Dates: Late 15th century.

15th-century manuscript containing various legal works: an index to the works of Bartolus de Saxoferrato; the 'Allegationes' of Lapo da Castiglionchio the Elder, abbreviated by Anthonius de Butrio; the 'Canonum Collectio' of Pseudo-Isidore.

Identifier: Adv.MS.10.1.5
Scope and Contents 15th-century manuscript containing various legals works. Dolezalek dates the work to after 1440, and its place of production as Italy due to the style of hands and decoration. The inscription on folio 381v suggests that the manuscript was probably complete and together by 1483. Borland suggests that the place of production may be Spain, based on the hand on folios 267r-382r.Each work is written in double columns of varying length, normally around 62 lines per column. The majority...
Dates: 15th century, after 1440.

15th-century manuscript of 'Le livre des meurs du gouvernement des seignieurs', a translation of the pseudo-Aristotelian 'Secretum secretorum'.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.7.4
Scope and Contents Manuscript produced in England containing a translation into French of the the Pseudo-Aristotelian 'Secretum Secretorum', or 'Secret of Secrets'. The Secret of Secrets is a translation of the Arabic 'Kitab sirr al-asrar', ostensibly a letter to Alexander the Great from Aristotle. The work is intended as a didactic piece in the 'Mirror for Princes' tradition and covers a range of topics including statecraft, alchemy, magic, astronomy, and ethics.The manuscript is the...
Dates: 15th century.

15th-century manuscript of the 'Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ', a translation by Nicholas Love of the Pseudo-Bonaventure 'Meditationes Vitae Christi'.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.1.7
Scope and Contents 15th-century manuscript produced in England, probably London. The volume contains the 'Myrrour of the Blessed Lyf of Jesu Christ', a translation by Nicholas Love, Prior of Mount Grace Charterhouse in Yorkshire, of the Pseudo-Bonaventure 'Meditationes vitae Christi'. The work dispenses meditative and doctrinal comment on scripture and is made up of 63 chapters in 7 sections, each representing a day of the week. The manuscript was produced for Edmund Grey, 4th Baron Grey of Ruthin,...
Dates: 1445 - 1465

16th-century manuscript of the 'Lives of the bishops of Dunkeld' by Alexander Myln.

Identifier: Adv.MS.34.5.4
Scope and Contents Myln was a canon of Dunkeld who served as Official of the diocese from 1513 to 1519 when he was appointed Abbot of Cambuskenneth. R K Hannay, in his introduction to ‘Rentale Dunkeldense’, page xii, suggests that the manuscript was revised, if not written by Thomas Brown, who succeeded Myln as Clerk of accounts in Dunkeld in 1511. The text includes events which took place late in 1516, but was composed before Myln succeeded to Cambuskenneth.The opening pages are...
Dates: 16th century.

'Akbar-nāmah' of Abu'l Faẓl ibn Mubārak al-'Allāmī., 1655.

Identifier: MS.3183
Scope and Contents

Manuscript, apparently of the eighteenth century, containing Book I only (composed AD 1655). Illumination at beginning of Part I (folio 2 verso) and Part II (folio 418 verso). Miniatures on folios 27, 58, 94, 123, 130, 145, 158, 194, 197, 221, 238 verso, 254 verso, 265 verso, 307 verso, 365, 399. In Part II there are no miniatures, but several pages have been left blank, evidently for receiving them.

Dates: 1655.

Albums relating to Robert Mossman and the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1905.

Identifier: Acc.13649
Scope and Contents Scrapbook relating to Robert Mossman and the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1905. The scrapbook includes: Commission for Mossman as 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Edinburgh City Volunteer Artillery, 1893; 17 letters, 1902-1905, of Mossman to his father and `Isabella`, concerning his journey and experiences on board ship, destinations on his journey including Kngstown in Ireland, Madeira, the Cape Verde Islands, Port Stanley, the South Orkneys and...
Dates: 1893-1938

Antiphoner., Late 16th century.

Identifier: MS.1905
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows.(i) Proper chants for Maundy Thursday (folio i verso), Good Friday (folio 25), Holy Saturday (folio 48 verso), Easter Sunday (folio 69).(ii) Antiphons at the Benedictus and Magnificat for Easter Monday (folio 77 verso), and Tuesday (folio 79 verso).(iii) Three proses. 'In die resurrectionis et per octava aditur prosa: Victime paschali laudes'; the sixth strophe is lacking (folio 80 verso). 'In die sancto penthecostes: Veni...
Dates: Late 16th century.

Antiphoner of Benedictine use, Italy, probably Lombardy., [Circa 1460.]

Identifier: MS.25241
Scope and Contents A large choirbook containing antiphons of the Sanctorale and the Commune Sanctorum. (i) Sanctorale from the Visitation (2 July) to St Clement (23 November)-front pastedown. It includes 'In festo sanctorum monachorum' (folio 71) and the Presentation of the Virgin (folio 75 verso). There is a lacuna between folios 78 and 79. (ii) Commune Sanctorum (folio 83 verso), including the dedication of a church. It ends with the rubric 'Commemorationes communes seu suffragia sanctorum' and the antiphon...
Dates: [Circa 1460.]

'Auchinleck manuscript', one of the earliest and largest compilations of Middle English verse, including romances and religious and historical pieces

Identifier: Adv.MS.19.2.1
Scope and Contents The following description was based primarily upon the conclusions of Pearsall and Cunningham (1977) and Burnley and Wiggins (2003). The numbering system of the items follows that of Pearsall and Cunningham.The Auchinleck manuscript was probably written in London at some point between 1331 and 1340. These dates can be assigned on the basis of palaeographical evidence and internal references. One of these references is the ending of the 'The Anonymous Short English Metrical...
Dates: 1331 - 1340.

Bible, written in France.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.1.2
Scope and Contents The order of contents (from folio 3) is that usually found in French bibles of the period, with the common set of 64 prologues (see ‘Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries’, pages 210-212). The biblical books are followed (folio 412) by the interpretations of Hebrew names beginning ‘Aaz apprehendens` (see ‘Repertorium Biblicum medii aevi’, number 7709). Leaves containing II Maccabees 8, verses 22-10, verse 30 and 14, verse 5 - Matthew 1, verse 11 are missing.There are...
Dates: 2nd half of 13th century.

Book of devotions., 15th century.

Identifier: MS.7131
Scope and Contents The volume contains the Hours of the Cross in Latin at folio 2 and in Dutch at folio 75 verso, the Penitential Psalms in Latin at folio 106, the Litany in Latin at folio 117 verso, psalms and prayers with indulgences, a variety of prayers to Christ, the Virgin, and some of the saints, and other devotional exercises.There are large miniatures of the Crucifixion (folio 1 verso), St Anthony (folio 28 verso), the Annunciation (folio 80 verso), the Deposition from the Cross (folio 90...
Dates: 15th century.

Book of hours., 15th century.

Identifier: MS.5765
Scope and Contents Contains the following:(i) Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the Cross, according to the Use of Sarum (folio 1); (ii) Prayers, part of the Office of the Dead (apparently not of Sarum Use), psalms and suffrages of saints (folio 50); (iii) Penitential Psalms (folio 89); (iv) Psalms 132-134 (folio 99); (v) The Litany, which does not include any English saints (folio 102); (vi) 'Ave Maria' and the Creed (folio 111 verso); (vii) Fragment of a fourteenth-century glossed text of...
Dates: 15th century.

Book of hours, according to the Use of Paris.

Identifier: MS.10981
Scope and Contents (i) Suffrage to St Anthony and a prayer to the Virgin, 'Veni vena venie'. (Folio 1.) (ii) Sequences of the Gospels. (Folio 3.) (iii) 'Obsecro te' and 'O intemerata'. (Folio 9.) (iv) Hours of the Virgin. (Folio 17.) (v) Penitential psalms, litany hymn 'Salve sancta caro Dei' (U. Chevatier, ‘Repertorium hymnologicum’ (Louvain, 1892-1921), number 18175) and prayers (Folio 80.) (vi) Hours of the Cross. Matins and Lauds are missing. (Folio 106.) (vii) Hours of the Holy Ghost. Matins and Lauds and...
Dates: 1st half of 15th century.

Book of hours according to the Use of Rome, written in France., [Circa 1500.]

Identifier: MS.1903
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows:(i) Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary (folio 1);(ii) Hours of the Holy Cross (folio 51);(iii) Hours of the Holy Ghost (folio 54);(iv) Penitential Psalms (folio 57); Litany (folio 67);(v) Office of the Dead (folio 73); Sequences of the Gospels (folio 98); Eight Verses of St Bernard (folio 102);(vi) Prayers, 'Obsecro te' (folio 104) and 'O intemerata' (folio 108); 'Les sept ioies principales de...
Dates: [Circa 1500.]