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Le Livre des faits darmes et de chevalerie: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 21

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Le Livre des faits darmes et de chevalerie


Pisan, Christine de (Author)
Vérard, Antoine (Printer)


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Paper (watermark Briquet no. 8658), ii modern paper flyleaves + 108 fols. + ii modern paper flyleaves, 289 x 209 (183 x 115) mm, 32 – 34 long lines, ruled in plummet, catchwords.

BINDING: nineteenth century, quarter blue morocco with blue marbled paper over pasteboards, pink silk bookmark

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 86v Christine de Pisan, Le livre des faits darmes et de chevalerie, Bks 1 – 3, with capitula.

DECORATION: Half-page pen drawings in black ink: fol. 3r Bk 1, Christine de Pisan at her desk within interior, outside Christine de Pisan and Minerva watching armour-makers in foreground, troop of cavalry in background; fol. 37r Bk 2, Embassy of Scipio Africanus to Syphax’s camp in search of a lost horse; fol. 66v Bk 3, Christine de Pisan’s dream in which Honoré Bonnor (‘un pesant ancien sage auctorise juge’) appears to her.

ORNAMENTATION: Red penwork initials [6 ll.] for books; red penwork initials [2 – 4 ll.] for chapters; capitals highlighted in red.


History note: Jean-Baptiste Joseph Barrois (1784 – 1855); Bertram, fourth earl of Ashburnham (1797 – 1878), Barrois collection, no. 378; Bertram, fifth earl of Ashburnham (1840 – 1913); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 10 – 14 June 1901, lot 115; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849 – 1919); his gift, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Paris

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1904) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


Fifteenth century
Circa 1470 CE - Circa 1480 CE

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support: composed of paper Text: Height 183 mm Width 115 mm
Page: Height 289 mm Width 209 mm

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Item deuise
  • Location: Capitulum, fol. 2r
  • Secundo folio
  • Text: leurs ennem
  • Location: Main text, fol. 4r
  • Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 21
Primary reference Number: 170645
Project ID: 126
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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