l’Ordre du Sainct Esprit

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MS M.927
l’Ordre du Sainct Esprit
France, between 1583 and 1585.
Bound between 1583 and 1585 by the widow of Nicolas Ève, who filled his office between 1582 and 1584, or by their son, Clovis Ève, who filled the office of director of the bindery beginning in 1584; bound in golden brown morocco over pasteboard, gold-tooled; remains of four pairs of blue and orange silk ties; edges gilt; almost uniformly bound with the other two volumes--Cf. Twelve centuries of bookbindings, 400-1600.
Purchased on the Belle da Costa Greene Fund, 1966.
48 leaves : vellum, ill. ; 400 x 285 mm
Archives of the Ordre du Saint-Esprit; anonymous sale (Paris, Hôtel Drouot, Mar. 17, 1958, lot 25 (lot 24 was the first volume)); M. Pierre Berès (who sold the first volume to Raphael Esmerian).

Ms. coats of arms; illuminated in France between 1583 and 1585.
Decoration: 30 full-page arms of the members of the Order of the Holy Spirit appointed at the 5th, 6th, and 7th creations in the years 1582-1584. Probably the work of professional scribes and illuminators such as Renault, écrivain de sa Májesté and Guillaume Richardir̀e. The coats of arms are painted on the rectos and signed with the name of the royal herald, Mathurin Morin, on the verso of the final leaves of the fifth and seventh creations: "ce livre d'armoiryes a esté fait du commandement du Roy A la diligence de Mathurin Morin, Hérault Roy d'armes des ordres de sa Majesté".
MS M.927 is the second of three volumes of an official blazon of the members' coats of arms, prepared by the royal herald at the command of Henry III; it represents members of the fifth through the seventh creations, 1582-1584.
The first volume was formerly in the Esmerian collection, and illustrated in the catalogue of his first sale, Paris, June 6, 1972, lot 8; the third volume is in the Bibliothèque Mazarine, and is illustrated by Michon in his La reliure française, plate 28--Cf. Twelve centuries of bookbindings, 400-1600.