JEAN DE COURCY: CHRONIQUE DE LA BOUQUECHARDIÈRE

MS 259
MS Short Title JEAN DE COURCY: CHRONIQUE DE LA BOUQUECHARDIÈRE
Text JEAN DE COURCY: CHRONIQUE DE LA BOUQUECHARDIÈRE, OÙ HISTOIRE GRECQUE ET ROMAINE
Description MS in French on vellum, Paris (or Loire Valley), France, 1470-80, 322 ff. (- ca. 40), 42x30 cm, 2 columns, (30x21 cm), 48 lines in a handsome regular lettre bâtarde, headings in red, 2-line chapter initials in burnished gold on red and blue grounds with white tracery, 27 3-to 4-line initials in leafy and floral design in colours andwhite tracery on burnished gold grounds, 5 very large (over half-page,) miniatures in rectangular or arched compartments above large initials in colours enclosing flowers on liquid gold grounds and on coloured panels with liquid gold tracery, with full illuminated broad borders of coloured acanthus leaves, small coloured and burnished gold leaves and flowers on hairline stems, by an illuminator in the circle of the Coëvity Master (Henri de Vulcop).
Binding France, 18th c., quarter mottled calf over pasteboards, sewn on 6 cords, spine title gilt.
Context
Provenance 1. Jane Delaguelle (ca. 1600); 2. G. Nouhen (18th c.); 3. Royez, Paris (ca. 1822); 4. Sir Thomas Phillipps, Cheltenham, Ph 132 (1822-1872); 5. Katharine, John, Thomas & Alan Fenwick, Cheltenham (1872-1946); 6. Robinson Bros., London (1946-1967); 7. Sotheby's 28.11.1967:112; 8. Major J.R. Abbey, London (1967-1969); 9. J.R. Abbey Will Trust, London (1969-1989); 10. Sotheby's 19.6.1989:3025.
Commentary

Of 23 copies known, this is the only one in private ownership. Among the earliest illustrations of cannons and hand-held firearms.

Jean de Courcy wrote his gigantic chronicle 1416-1422. Its popular title "La Bouquechardière" is taken from the name of the author's estate as seigneur de Bourg-Achard in Normandy. It covers the period from Creation to Caesar, mainly focusing on Greek history, but also covers Old Testament history, Assyria and Rome.

Published
Exhibited The Bibliophile Society of Norway's 75th anniversary. Bibliofilklubben 75 år. Jubileumsutstilling Bok og Samler, Universitetsbliblioteket 27.2 - 26.4.1997.
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Place of origin France
Dates 1470 - 1480 AD

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