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Allegorical applications of ten scenes from the Old Testament, and two from ancient history, to the Christian church, late 15th-early 16th century

MS. Rawl. A. 417
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Allegorical applications of ten scenes from the Old Testament, and two from ancient history, to the Christian church; written in French, and addressed to Charles [VIII.] King of France; with thirteen half or whole page miniatures, as well as illuminated initials.

The following are the subjects of the miniatures:

  1. Genesis i. 2.
  2. Genesis i. 4.
  3. Genesis xxix. 16, 17.
  4. The Ark.
  5. Genesis xli. 18, 19.
  6. Job i. 18, 19.
  7. Zoroaster's fourteen columns of the arts.
  8. Cecrops' seven cities of Crete.
  9. Psalm xxii. (xxiv.) 6.
  10. 2 Esdras ii. 19.
  11. Esther v. 2.
  12. Celebration of the mass.
  13. Psalm lxxxiv. (lxxxv.), 10.

At the end, (fol 38,) is added, "Officium misse ad laudem et honorem Dei et sacratissime generationis dive Anne, in qua universalis militans ecclesia prefigurata fuit tempore nativitatis regis pacifici Jesu pacem omnibus tribuentis," cum notis musicis.

The following title is prefixed to the book by one Guillaume Glorian, its possessor in the year 1677, and whose initials are stamped on the binding:—"Figures touchant l'Eglise, presentée au Charles VIII. roy de France, en 1495, lors que il a ètè couronè empereur de Constantinople a Rome." On the back of this title the same writer has added the following note, which is succeeded on the next leaf by some remarks on the book and its supposed date and occasion :—"Ce present liure estoit ci deuant couuert de satin bleuf, mais comme la couuerture estoit toute husee, il a estée recouuer comme vous le voiez presentement pour Guillaume Glorian, les premiers jour de lan 1677."


  • Creation: late 15th-early 16th century


52 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French
  • Latin


MS. Rawl. A. 417

Custodial History

In a letter of Dr. Rawlinson's, contained in vol. ii. of the Ballard MSS., fol. 163b, this book is spoken of as having belonged to Charles IX. of France.

Anno 1677 peculium Gul. Glorian, et postea Nic. Jos. Foucault, comitis consistoriani, cujus insignia gentilitia intus affixa sunt.

In catalogo etiam venali librorum Sam. Gale (in octavo. Lond. 1754) sub numero 111 recensitus est.

Physical Facet

On parchment, in quarto


Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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