Lancelot du Lac

Accession number: 
MS M.806
Lancelot du Lac
Northeastern France, possibly Saint-Quentin or Laon, between 1310 and 1315.
M.806 and M.805 were formerly bound together; rebound separately in September, 1849 for the Earl of Ashburnham in English faded pink morocco, gilt-tooled in the Du Seuil style.
125 leaves (2 columns, 48-50 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 346 x 255 mm
Jehan I de Brosse, seigneur de Ste. Sévère et de Boussac, maréschal de France (fl. 1375-1433); 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 2 of 3 with M. 805 and M.807; written and illuminated in northeastern France, perhaps in Saint-Quentin or Laon, ca. 1310-1315.
Decoration: 21 oblong miniatures, 137 historiated initials.
Artist: Master of the Life of St. Benedicta of Origny, with Reims 217 Master (A. Stones, Gothic Manuscripts, pt. 1 v. 1, p. 69, III-93)
There are numerous surviving instructions for the illuminator written in the margins in ink.

Old French (Picard dialect)