Lancelot du Lac

Accession number: 
MS M.807
Lancelot du Lac
Northeastern France, possibly Saint-Quentin or Laon, between 1450 and 1499.
In 1849 bound in English faded pink morocco, gilt-tooled in the Du Seuil style, for the Earl of Ashburnham.
115 leaves (2 columns, 46 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 346 x 255 mm
Probably the Lancelot du Lac listed in the sale catalogue of the library of the château d'Anet (Paris, Pierre Ganduouin, beginning Nov. 1724, p. 16), upon the death of Anne of Bavaria; Joseph Barrois (1784-1855, MS Barrois 36), sold in 1849 to Bertram, earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878); sold by his heir (London, Sotheby's, June 14, 1901, lot 537) to Archer for Charles Fairfax Murray; Henry Yates Thompson; his sale (London, Sotheby's, June 22, 1921, lot 69) to Quaritch; Cortlandt F. Bishop; his sale (New York, American Art Association, part II, Apr. 25, 1938, lot 1264), purchased in 1938 through A.S.W. Rosenbach, Philadelphia, through the Lewis Cass Ledyard Fund.

Ms. lancelot du lac, volume 3 of 3 with M.805 and M.806; written and illuminated in northeastern France in the second half of the 15th century.
Decoration: 1 miniature and 1 illuminated initial.
M.807 was executed in the 15th century and joined with M.805 and 806. In M.807, folio 117 was originally this volume's first folio: it is ruled on recto and blank on verso except for offset from the illumination on the present folio 1, and a title: Le 2eme vol de Lancelot.

Middle French