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Chronique amplifiée des rois de France (Amplified Chronicle of the Kings of France); medieval manuscript on paper in French
France, c. 1450-1500. LARGE FORMAT MEDIEVAL CHRONICLE IN ITS ORIGINAL BINDING. In French, manuscript on paper, France, c. 1450-1500. Dimensions 280 x 205 mm, 403 folios, incomplete at end, vertical catchwords on all quires except xviii and xxv, leaf signatures first half of all quires, written by a single scribe in an expert Bâtarde script, red paraphs and two-line initials. BINDING: ORIGINAL BINDING of cushioned wooden boards covered with brown leather, stamped with four petal flowers and fillets. TEXT: Guillaume de Nangis, Benedictine monk and librarian at the royal Abby of St.-Denis, was the official chronicler of the kings of France responsible for the "continuations" of the Grandes Chroniques de France . Not only does this volume survive as an unrecorded witness to his translation into French of one of the most important medieval French chronicles, it is of extraordinary rarity. PROVENANCE: The manuscript was copied in the second half of the 15th century in France by an experienced and probably professional scribe as indicated by the Bâtarde script featuring documentary-style embellishments; multiple 17th-century signatures on the front pastedown and parchment flyleaf, all unidentifiable; verso of the parchment flyleaf, autograph note by Jean-François Du Guet (1660-1724) dated February 1703 describing the manuscript's contents and attributing it to his library; four French notes by three unknown 20th-century hands in ink inserted on small sheets of paper between folios throughout the manuscript. CONDITION: minor worming throughout, minor flecking and staining, limited … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Les Enluminures (ABAA & ILAB) [Chicago, IL, U.S.A.]
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