Digital Medieval Manuscripts at Houghton Library
Bibliography for Harvard University, Houghton Library,
MS Richardson 38
This bibliography was compiled by Jessica Berenbeim, Justin Stover, Joshua O’Driscoll, William Stoneman and Julia Schlozman.
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William A. Jackson, “The William King Richardson Library,” Harvard Library Bulletin 5.3 (1951), pp. 328–337. MS cited p. 329 and pl. II (reproducing f. 118).
Mentioned briefly in an article on the acquisition of the Richardson collection. Available online (Link). 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 p. 29, no. 101, and pls. 51 and 52 (reproducing ff. 98v and 153).
A description of the manuscript with an additional note on the style of the miniatures. 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.
A brief description of the manuscript’s physical properties, provenance, and bibliography. Available online (Link). HOLLIS
A. N. L. Munby, The Formation of the Phillipps Library. Phillipps Studies, no. 3–4. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1954–56. MS cited in no. 3, p. 138.
This manuscript included in a discussion of Phillipp’s own list of his most valuable manuscripts in 1839. HOLLIS
A. N. L. Munby, The Dispersal of the Phillipps Library. Phillipps Studies, no. 5. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1960. MS cited p. 107, n. 2.
The acquisition of this manuscript by Harvard is cited in a group of examples of private sales in 1946 by the Robinson Brothers. 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. 12, with pl. (reproducing f. 135v).
A detailed description of the manuscript and its miniatures, listed with captions and folio numbers. A discussion of the possible connections to the Coëtivy Master and the Master of Jouvenel des Ursins. HOLLIS
François Avril. Review of Roger S. Wieck, Late Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts, 1350-1525, in the Houghton Library. Bulletin du Bibliophile 1984, 365-369. MS cited p. 365.
Mentioned as a particularly fine example of late medieval French illumination. HOLLIS
Pierre Courcelle, Lecteurs païens et lecteurs chrétiens de l’Énéide. Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1984. MS cited in v. II, pp. 192–202, and figs. 354–64 (reproducing ff. 80, 98v, 118, 135v, 153, 174v, 196v, 216v, 234v, 254v, 276v, and 299v).
An extensive discussion of the manuscript, relating it to other illuminated manuscripts of Virgil’s Aeneid. HOLLIS
Antonie Wlosok, “Diva creatrix: Das Zeichen der Venus (Aen. 8,523ff.) in einer Illustration des 15. Jahrhunderts (MS Richardson 38),” in Kotinos: Festschrift für Erika Simon, ed. by Heide Froning, Tonio Hölscher, and Harald Mielsch. Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern, 1992. MS cited pp. 440–49, colour pl. 2.1 (reproducing f. 216v), and pls. 98.1–2 (each reproducing a detail of f. 216v).
A discussion of the depiction of Venus and its significance in the fifteenth century. HOLLIS
Christopher de Hamel, “Chester Beatty and the Phillipps Manuscripts,” The Book Collector 40 (1991), pp. 358–370. MS cited pp. 368-369. Reprinted in The Pleasures of Bibliophily: Fifty Years of The Book Collector: An Anthology. London: British Library, 2003, pp. 240–249. MS cited p. 247.
Mentioned fourth in a list copied by Alfred Chester Beatty of the most precious manuscripts then in the collection of Fitzroy Fenwick, heir of Sir Thomas Phillipps. Chester Beatty wrote “a remarkably fine book… Not for sale? Will take £500 – too high.” HOLLIS