Saturday, 18 February 2017

George Jackson (1692-1763) of Livorno

This week, I learned of the existence of the significant library of George Jackson, an English merchant who lived in Livorno, and about whom I would like to know more.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Fragments of a Dismembered Bible Historiale

In December 2015 Bloomsbury auctions offered a cutting "showing the murder of a youth" (lot 61 in the catalogue), attributed to "the early fourteenth-century husband and wife illuminator-team Richard and Jean [sic] de Montbaston":

The text was not precisely identified, and the iconography only tentatively so: "The parent text here may well be from a Bible translation, with part of Proverbs, and if correct, then the scene may represent Cain and Abel".

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Saturday, 31 December 2016

The Gospel of the Wife of Jesus

Perhaps the most intruguing manuscript provenance story of the year was the unmasking of the so-called Gospel of the Wife of Jesus papyrus as a forgery, in The Atlantic, here. I thought that it would be worth bringing to the attention of anyone who has not already read it: it is a compelling read.

The Elmhirst-Courtanvaux Hours

Ever since encountering one of his manuscripts at Sam Fogg's, circa 2000, I have had an interest in medieval manuscripts from the collection of Harry A. Walton (d.2007), a dairy farmer of Covington, Virginia. They can be recognised by his purple ink-stamp, of which I show two examples here, and by comparison with the descriptions in the Supplement to de Ricci's Census.