EDWARD I MAGNA CARTA (1300)

MS 710
MS Short Title EDWARD I MAGNA CARTA (1300)
Text
  1. MAGNA CARTA AS REGRANTED BY EDWARD I IN 1300
  2. STATUTES OF ENGLAND
  3. CALENDAR
Description MS in Latin and Anglo-Norman on vellum, Yorkshire, 1300-1307, 182+9 ff. (complete), 10x7 cm, single column, (7x4 cm), 22 lines in a small English court documentary script, headings in Gothic book script, 1-line initials, paragraph marks and running titles in blue or gold, calendar and tables of chapters in red and blue, 25 illuminated 4- to 9-line initials in leafy and floral designs in colours and burnished gold with full-length borders with leafy extensions, 11-line historiated initial of Edward I with full border in gold and colours.
Binding England, 14th or 15th c., calf over oak boards, sewn on 3 thongs, blindruled in panels with lattice design in the central compartment.
Provenance 1. Private owner, Yorkshire (1649); 2. Joseph Waldron (after 1649); 3. Soame Jenyns (1704-1787); 4. Paul Francis Webster, U.S.A. (1907-1984); 5. Sotheby's New York 24.4.1985:59; 6. Sotheby's 29.11.1990:102.
Commentary The portrait of King Edward I is contemporary. He died in 1307. A Magna Carta so richly illuminated is known in a few copies only. The present MS must have been made for a lawyer or administrator in Yorkshire, perhaps York itself.
Exhibited University of Oslo. Library of Law Faculty: Opening exhibition of Domus Bibliotheca, 5-27 May 1994.
Place of origin England
Dates 1300 - 1307 AD

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