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Cicero, Livre de vieillesse.
Cicero, Livre d'amitiƩ. Translation from the Latin by Laurent de Premierfait

Place of origin, date:

Southern Netherlands; c. 1490


Vellum, ff. 207, 344x232 (200x120) mm, 20 lines, littera cursiva (lettre bourguignonne), Binding: 18th-century brown leather; gilt; with coat of arms of Stadholder William V


Illumination by 2 different masters. First master: 1 full-page miniature; decorated initials with border decoration in Southern Netherlandish style (`strewn' borders: ff. 1r, 29r, 94r); 4 illustrations in the margin (coats of arms). Second master: 3 full-pageminiatures (210/200x128/121 mm); decorated initial with border decoration (f. 118r)


made for Adolf of Cleves, Lord of Ravenstein (d. 1492; coat of arms with collar of the Golden Fleece); by descent to his son Philip of Cleves (d. 1528; signature); purchased in 1531 from his estate by Henri III, Count of Nassau (d. 1538); by descent to the Princes ofOrange-Nassau, the later Stadholders, at The Hague; carried off in 1795 to Paris by the French and restituted to the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in 1816


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