Digital Medieval Manuscripts at Houghton Library
Bibliography for Harvard University, Houghton Library,
MS Richardson 31
This bibliography was compiled by Jessica Berenbeim, Justin Stover, Joshua O’Driscoll and Julia Schlozman.
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HOLLIS Record (Link) and Digital Images (Link)
Bibliotheca Parisiana: A Collection of Books formed by a Gentleman in France (London: [Mr Edwards], 1791). MS designated lot no. 414.
T. F. Dibdin, The Bibliographical Decameron; or, Ten Days Pleasant Discourse upon Illuminated Manuscripts, and Subjects Connected with Early Engraving, Typography, and Bibliography, I, London, 1817, CXXXIII–CXXXIV*.
A brief description of the manuscript and of the miniature on f. 9v.
Catalogue of the Magnificent Library, the Property of the late Seventh Duke of Newcastle, Removed from Clumber, Worksop, and Sold by Order of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Lincoln; the Third Portion Including Twenty-Nine Highly Important Illuminated Manuscripts: which will be Sold by Auction… on Monday, the 6th of December, 1937. London: Sotheby & Co., 1937. MS cited lot no. 934 and pl. 57 (reproducing f. 2).
A detailed description of the manuscript and its miniatures, providing folio numbers and a quotation from the colophon. HOLLIS
Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, Md.) and Dorothy Miner, Illuminated Books of the Middle Ages and Renaissance: An Exhibition held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, January 27–March 13. Baltimore: Walters Art Gallery, 1949. MS cited no. 94, pl. XLI, reproducing f. 2.
A brief description of the manuscript, as well as a brief note on its possible patron, Etienne Chevalier. HOLLIS
William A. Jackson, “The William King Richardson Library,” Harvard Library Bulletin 5.3 (1951), pp. 328–337. MS cited p. 329 and pl. IIIa, reproducing f. 9v.
Mentioned briefly in an article on the acquisition of the Richardson collection. Available online (Link). HOLLIS
Brian Woledge, Bibliographie des romans et nouvelles en prose française antérieurs à 1500. Geneva; Lille: Droz, 1954. MS cited p. 79 (as ‘Londres, Maison Sotheby, Vente Clumber 934’).
Briefly cited in a list of manuscripts containing Premierfait’s French translation of the Decameron. HOLLIS
Harvard College Library, Illuminated & Calligraphic Manuscripts: An Exhibition held at the Fogg Art Museum & Houghton Library, February 14–April 1, 1955. Cambridge, Mass.: n.p., 1955. MS cited no. 75, and pls. 54 and 55, reproducing ff. 152v, 162v, 186v, and 233v.
A brief description of the manuscript, with additional notes on Etienne Chevalier and the manuscript’s provenance. HOLLIS
G. S. Purkis, “Laurent de Premierfait’s Translation of the Decameron,” Medium Aevum 24 (1955), pp. 1-15. MS cited p. 1, n. 6.
Listed in a footnote as being in the Johnes’ library at Hafod in 1815. HOLLIS
W.H. Bond and C.U. Faye, Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1962. MS cited p. 247.
Brief description of the manuscript with notes on provenance and bibliography. Available online (Link). HOLLIS
Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries. London: Warburg Institute; Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1963–97. MS cited in v. V, p. 230-1.
Accessible through Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, a “subscribers only” database. To search the database, connect to: Iter Italicum and search by Houghton Library, Richardson Collection. (Link) HOLLIS
Eleanor P. Spencer, “Gerson, Ciboule, and the Bedford Master’s Shop (Bruxelles, Bibl. Royale, MS IV. 111, Part II),” Scriptorium 19 (1965), pp. 104–108. MS cited p. 107.
Briefly cited as a source for Premierfait’s French translation of the Decameron. HOLLIS
Houghton Library, The Houghton Library 1942–1967: A Selection of Books and Manuscripts in Harvard Collections. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard College Library [distributed by Harvard University Press], 1967. MS cited p. 38 reproducing f. 9v.
Richard O’Gorman, “Two Neglected Manuscripts of Laurent de Premierfait’s Décaméron,” Manuscripta 13 (1969), pp. 32–40. MS cited p. 33, et passim.
An extensive discussion of the manuscript with various excerpts from the text. Also a discussion of its relationship with a similar manuscript now at the University of Pennsylvania Library (MS French 9). HOLLIS
Carlo Pellegrini, Il Boccaccio nella cultura francese. Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 1971. MS citted p. 189.
Brief citation as a manuscript produced for Etienne Chevalier. HOLLIS
Carla Bozzolo, Manuscrits des traductions françaises d’oeuvres de Boccace: XVe siècle. Padua: Editrice Antenore, 1973. MS cited pp. 29, 42, and 183–84.
A description of the manuscript, linking its miniatures to the workshop of the Bedford Master. Various excerpts from the text are provided, as well as bibliography and provenance. HOLLIS
Hans Swarzenski, “Das goldene Rössl von Altötting besucht Etienne Chevalier,” in Etudes d’art médiéval offertes à Louis Grodecki, ed. Sumner Crosby. Paris: Ophrys, 1981. MS cited pp. 287–90, figures 1 and 2, reproducing f. 233v, full page and detail of miniature.
An extensive discussion of the manuscript’s miniatures, Etienne Chevalier, and the Goldenes Rössl. Note: The article incorrectly gives Chevalier’s monogram as “EC.” The manuscript reads, “EE.” HOLLIS
John Plummer, The Last Flowering: French Painting in Manuscripts, 1420–1530, from American Collections. New York: Pierpont Morgan Library and Oxford University Press, 1982. MS cited no. 5.
Cited as a visual comparison for a similar manuscript of Boccaccio’s Livre des cleres et nobles femmes, now in the Pierpont Morgan Library (M. 381). HOLLIS
Roger S. Wieck, “French Illuminated manuscripts in the Houghton Library: Recent Discoveries and Attributions,” Harvard Library Bulletin 31.2 (1983), pp. 188–198. MS cited p. 197.
Very brief mention in a listing of the Library’s holdings of French illumination.
Available online (Link). HOLLIS
Roger S. Wieck, Late Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts, 1350–1525, in the Houghton Library. Cambridge: Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harvard College Library, 1983. MS cited no. 9 with pl. reproducing f. 65.
A description of the manuscript and its miniatures, with folio numbers. HOLLIS
Das goldene Rössl: ein Meisterwerk der Pariser Hofkunst um 1400, ed. Reinhold Baumstark. Munich: Hirmer, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, 1995. MS cited p. 113, reproducing f. 233v.
A brief discussion of the reuse of the horse and ostler motif from the Goldenes Rössl in the miniature on f. 233v.
Pierre Gasnault, “Charles-Henri de Clermont-Tonnerre et la bibliothèque du couvent des Minimes de Tonnerre” in Du copiste au collectionneur. Turnhout: Brepols, c1998.
This manuscript is no. 3 in a list of manuscripts with this provenance.
Carla Bozzolo in Boccaccio visualizzato: Narrare per parole e per immagini fra Medioevo e Rinascimento, ed. Vittore Branca. Biblioteca di storia dell’arte 30. Torino: Giulio Einaudi, 1999. MS cited III, no. 89 with pls. reproducing ff. 9v and 97v (details).
A description of the manuscript and its miniatures with folio numbers. There are also additional passing references to this manuscript at I, 29 and 134; III, 10. 56 and 148. HOLLIS
Yoshiaki Todoroki, [An Addition to Miniatures of the Goddess Fortune in Mediaeval Manuscripts] (in Japanese). Tokyo: Seibido, 2000. MS cited fig. 122 reproducing f. 97v.
Erik Inglis, “The Production and Program of Fouquet’s Boccaccio,” in Tributes to Lucy Freeman Sandler: Studies in Illuminated Manuscripts, ed. Kathryn A. Smith and Carol H. Krinsky. London/Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2007, pp. 373-386. MS cited p. 378, n. 29.
Cited in a list of extant works by the Dunois Master for Fouquet’s patrons. HOLLIS
Diane E. Booton, Manuscripts, Market and the Transition to Print in Late Medieval Brittany. Ashgate, 2010. MS cited p. 85, n. 11. HOLLIS
Cited briefly in a discussion of Breton manuscripts as an example of contemporary French manuscripts.