Miracles of the Virgin Mary, written soon after A.D. 1456 in the Netherlands
Colophon:' Explicit le second volume des Miracles de la glorieuse Vierge Marie.'. The 74 Miracles in the present MS. are no doubt a translation by Jean Miélot from the Latin, executed either for Philip the Good, as m. Delisle thinks, or for his son Charles the Bold. There are 73 illustrations, 'les rubriches des Miracles' prefixed, and on fol. cxixv a ' balade', probably by Jean Miélot, beg. 'Pluseurs sont entreprins denuie.' The entire volume has been reproduced in facsimile for the Roxburghe Club, edited by G. F. Warner, in 1885: see also m. L. Delisle in the Bulletin historique du Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques, 1886: Waagen's Art Treasures (1854), iii. p. 81. On fol. i is a picture of Philip or Charles, duke of Burgundy (with coat of arms), kneeling before the Virgin and Child.
The volume bears the engraved bookplate, coloured, of some Carmelite abbey (?: party per fess, in the upper part an Agnus Dei with flag, contourné, passant; in the lower part argent a mount sable, over all three mullets of eight points, two and one, counterchanged: with an abbot's cap and insignia), 18th cent.
- Creation: written soon after A.D. 1456 in the Netherlands
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
MS. Douce 374
Other Finding Aids
Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21949
Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.
This MS. is a second series, corresponding with a first series, of which the original is MS. 9198 of the Fonds français in the Bibliothèque Nationale at Paris. No. 9199 in the same collection is a copy of the present book, and all three are known to have been in the library of the dukes of Burgundy in the time of Charles the Bold (1467-77).
On parchment, with fine miniatures in camaïeu gris, binding: red velvet
15 5/8 × 11 1/4 in. in a case 17 1/4 × 12 5/8 in.