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Vincent of Beauvais, Le Miroir Historial (Vol. IV). Translation from the Latin by Jean de Vignay

Place of origin, date:

Paris, Master of the Cité des Dames (illuminator); c. 1400-1410


Vellum, ff. 401, 425x320 (254x196) mm, 43 lines, littera cursiva, Binding: 18th-century brown leather; gilt; with coat of arms of Stadholder William V


1 two-column miniature (185x200 mm); 19 column miniatures (110/70x90/85 mm); decorated initials with border decoration (ff. 3r, 10r, 15r, 19r, 20r, etc.)
Added: 1 illustration in the margin (coat of arms)


acquired before 1492 by Philip of Cleves (d. 1528; coat of arms with label; signature); purchased in 1531 from his estate by Henri III, Count of Nassau (d. 1538); by descent to the Princes of Orange-Nassau, the later Stadholders, at The Hague; carried off in 1795 toParis by the French and restituted to the KB in 1816


Vol. I-III (now: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, fr. 308-311) were decorated but not illustrated in the early 15th century. Apparently separated from their fourth volume from the beginning, they were illustrated on behalf of a later owner, Louis de Gruuthuse,in the early 1450s


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