France, probably, Paris, ca. 1412-1415.
Previously in vellum; rebound in 1948 by Marguerite Duprez Lahey in natural levant morocco with dark brown inlays along the edges.
Purchased through the Lewis Cass Ledyard Fund, 1938.
363 leaves (2 columns; book 1 = 48-50 lines, book 2 = 38 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 365 x 270 mm
Executed for Pierre de Fontenoy, seigneur de Rance (d.1427, arms and motto nulle autre included in the decoration); given ca. 1590 by Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst (the Earl of Dorset) to William Cecil, Lord Burghley; inherited by Robert Bruce, first Earl of Ailesbury (d.1685); his sale (London, Nov. 21, 1687, p. 87, n. 2) to Sir Thomas Mostyn; Lord Mostyn Collection (ex-libris of Gloddaeth Library inside cover); his sale (Sotheby's, London, July 13, 1920, lot 44, facsimile) to William Clarkson Van Antwerp; his sale (New York, American Art Association, 1922, lot 19, facsimiles) to J.F. Drake for Cortland F. Bishop; his sale (New York, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, part. I , April 5-8, 1938, lot 830); purchased at this sale for the Morgan Library through the Lewis Cass Ledyard Fund.
Middle French (Burgundian dialect)