Wednesday, 17 December 2014

More About the Bible of Louis de Harcourt, Vol.II

I recently visited Houghton Library at Harvard and was able to see MS Typ 239, discussed in a previous post. I am now able to show colour images of features which I could previously only show in black and white, or not at all. First, here is the ownership inscription of Louis de Harcourt:
Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Houghton Library,
Harvard University, MS. Typ 239, fol. 335v
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This reveals that the transcription in the 1926 Sotheby's catalogue was substantially accurate, but that it omitted the date, added in the right margin, whose final numeral is damaged at the end: "mo cccco lxxi[ ]", but appears to be 1479, the date of Louis's death, as the final digit can really only be a "x":
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I am now able to show colour images of the re-worked first leaf, with its added miniature and heraldry:
Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Houghton Library,
Harvard University, MS. Typ 239, fol. 1v
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Finally, I can show some images of the binding and its blind-stamps, confirming that it is bound the same as Vol.I:
Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Houghton Library,
Harvard University, MS. Typ 239, binding
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