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  • M6427 Vincent of Beauvais, Speculum historiale, Low Countries, or France, c. 1300
Vincent of Beauvais, Speculum historiale, on Emperor Nero’s disastrous reign, top half of a bifolium form an illuminated manuscript on parchment.  Upper half of a bifolium, each remaining leaf with remains of two columns of 26 lines in a squat professional early gothic hand (with parts of book 10, chs. 13-14 and 34-35, and thus probably the outermost bifolium in a gathering, capitals touched in red, rubrics and running titles in red, small initials in red with blue penwork, small holes and damaged areas from use to cover spine of a large book.

The Speculum historiale is a world chronicle from the Creation to the 1240s in 31 books and a staggering 3,793 chapters.  It was the third part of Vincent’s grand Speculum maius, formed of the Speculum natural (on nature) and Speculum doctrinale (on scholarship). Its production was overseen by Vincent of Beauvais ((c. 1190-1204).a friar attached to the Dominican houses in Paris, Beauvais, and later Royaumont on the Oise, who seems to have had French royal patronage.  It was the principal encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, with the present work more widely circulated than the other two parts.  Every monastery, cathedral school and educated nobleman of influence had a copy.
  • M6427 Vincent of Beauvais, Speculum historiale, Low Countries, or France, c. 1300
Vincent of Beauvais, Speculum historiale, on Emperor Nero’s disastrous reign, top half of a bifolium form an illuminated manuscript on parchment.  Upper half of a bifolium, each remaining leaf with remains of two columns of 26 lines in a squat professional early gothic hand (with parts of book 10, chs. 13-14 and 34-35, and thus probably the outermost bifolium in a gathering, capitals touched in red, rubrics and running titles in red, small initials in red with blue penwork, small holes and damaged areas from use to cover spine of a large book.

The Speculum historiale is a world chronicle from the Creation to the 1240s in 31 books and a staggering 3,793 chapters.  It was the third part of Vincent’s grand Speculum maius, formed of the Speculum natural (on nature) and Speculum doctrinale (on scholarship). Its production was overseen by Vincent of Beauvais ((c. 1190-1204).a friar attached to the Dominican houses in Paris, Beauvais, and later Royaumont on the Oise, who seems to have had French royal patronage.  It was the principal encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, with the present work more widely circulated than the other two parts.  Every monastery, cathedral school and educated nobleman of influence had a copy.

M6427 Vincent of Beauvais, Speculum Historale, France, c. 1300

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M6427 Vincent of Beauvais, Speculum historiale, Low Countries, or France, c. 1300

Vincent of Beauvais, Speculum historiale, on Emperor Nero’s disastrous reign, top half of a bifolium form an illuminated manuscript on parchment.  Upper half of a bifolium, each remaining leaf with remains of two columns of 26 lines in a squat professional early gothic hand (with parts of book 10, chs. 13-14 and 34-35, and thus probably the outermost bifolium in a gathering, capitals touched in red, rubrics and running titles in red, small initials in red with blue penwork, small holes and damaged areas from use to cover spine of a large book.

 

The Speculum historiale is a world chronicle from the Creation to the 1240s in 31 books and a staggering 3,793 chapters.  It was the third part of Vincent’s grand Speculum maius, formed of the Speculum natural (on nature) and Speculum doctrinale (on scholarship). Its production was overseen by Vincent of Beauvais ((c. 1190-1204).a friar attached to the Dominican houses in Paris, Beauvais, and later Royaumont on the Oise, who seems to have had French royal patronage.  It was the principal encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, with the present work more widely circulated than the other two parts.  Every monastery, cathedral school and educated nobleman of influence had a copy.

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