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Abstract

This manuscript, probably made in the second half of the fourteenth century, bears witness to a long and lively history of use and collection. It contains a prose Latin history of the fall of Troy written in 1287 by Guido delle Colonne, whose account was enormously popular for several centuries after its composition and influenced, directly or in translation, the works of Chaucer and Shakespeare. This particular manuscript was likely made at a university for scholarly use, and its margins are filled with erudite notes from the fifteenth century. Many different individuals owned and signed the manuscript in its first centuries; one even wrote a Latin poem on drunkenness in one of its blank final pages. The manuscript eventually found its way into the hands of the notorious manuscript collector, Sir Thomas Phillipps.

Hand note

An English cursive hand, probably fifteenth-century

Decoration Note

Navy blue decorated initials within red squares, with red flourishes (2-7 lines); paragraph marks in red and blue; rubrics in red; text in medium-brown ink

Contributors

Cataloger: Kauffman, Nicholas

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Evers, Jennifer

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Thorpe, Thomas. Catalogue of upwards of fourteen hundred manuscripts, upon vellum and paper, collected in this and other countries, forming, it is presumed, the most important and interesting collection ever offered for sale, particularly rich in English, Irish and Scotish history, from the conquest to the present time. London, 1836. no. 293.


De Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935, p. 841, no. 484.


Griffin, Nathaniel E., ed. Historia Destructionis Troiae. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1936. A critical edition of Guido's Latin text, with brief discussion of manuscripts (not W.81) in introduction.


Phillipps, Thomas. Catalogus Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, Bart. Middle Hill, 1837. Facsimile edition published as The Phillipps Manuscripts by The Holland Press, London, 1968. no. 9409.


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Keywords
English
England
14th century
History
Treatise
Colophon
Literature -- Poetry

Origin Place

England

Date

Second half of 14th century CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Nineteenth-century binding, English; light brown calf with narrow decorative roll around edges and on spine; title stamped and gilt on spine; multicolored, comb-marbled pastedowns

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Created in England, second half of fourteenth century; perhaps made in a university scriptorium

Waler dei Klerla

No. 38 in a fifteenth-century

Homofredus Taylor, sixteenth century

Robertus Nebbus, sixteenth century

Tailerus, sixteenth century

Edward Conway

Thomas Thorpe, bookseller, London, early nineteenth century; Thorpe's notation on upper right verso of first flyleaf; marked "Thorpe 1836" in pencil on center of the page

Sir Thomas Phillipps, bought in 1836 from Thorpe; cat. no. 9409; bookplate removed, but number remains on spine; "Phillipps Ms." written in pencil at the center of the verso of the first flyleaf, with number erased

Sold at auction

Henry Walters, Baltimore, acquired before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

← search History of the Destruction of Troy W.81

Origin Place

England

Date

Second half of 14th century CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Created in England, second half of fourteenth century; perhaps made in a university scriptorium

Waler dei Klerla

No. 38 in a fifteenth-century

Homofredus Taylor, sixteenth century

Robertus Nebbus, sixteenth century

Tailerus, sixteenth century

Edward Conway

Thomas Thorpe, bookseller, London, early nineteenth century; Thorpe's notation on upper right verso of first flyleaf; marked "Thorpe 1836" in pencil on center of the page

Sir Thomas Phillipps, bought in 1836 from Thorpe; cat. no. 9409; bookplate removed, but number remains on spine; "Phillipps Ms." written in pencil at the center of the verso of the first flyleaf, with number erased

Sold at auction

Henry Walters, Baltimore, acquired before 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This manuscript, probably made in the second half of the fourteenth century, bears witness to a long and lively history of use and collection. It contains a prose Latin history of the fall of Troy written in 1287 by Guido delle Colonne, whose account was enormously popular for several centuries after its composition and influenced, directly or in translation, the works of Chaucer and Shakespeare. This particular manuscript was likely made at a university for scholarly use, and its margins are filled with erudite notes from the fifteenth century. Many different individuals owned and signed the manuscript in its first centuries; one even wrote a Latin poem on drunkenness in one of its blank final pages. The manuscript eventually found its way into the hands of the notorious manuscript collector, Sir Thomas Phillipps.

Hand note

An English cursive hand, probably fifteenth-century

Decoration Note

Navy blue decorated initials within red squares, with red flourishes (2-7 lines); paragraph marks in red and blue; rubrics in red; text in medium-brown ink

References

Contributors

Cataloger: Kauffman, Nicholas

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Evers, Jennifer

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Thorpe, Thomas. Catalogue of upwards of fourteen hundred manuscripts, upon vellum and paper, collected in this and other countries, forming, it is presumed, the most important and interesting collection ever offered for sale, particularly rich in English, Irish and Scotish history, from the conquest to the present time. London, 1836. no. 293.


De Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935, p. 841, no. 484.


Griffin, Nathaniel E., ed. Historia Destructionis Troiae. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1936. A critical edition of Guido's Latin text, with brief discussion of manuscripts (not W.81) in introduction.


Phillipps, Thomas. Catalogus Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, Bart. Middle Hill, 1837. Facsimile edition published as The Phillipps Manuscripts by The Holland Press, London, 1968. no. 9409.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
English
England
14th century
History
Treatise
Colophon
Literature -- Poetry
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