Val-Dieu Apocalypse

The British Library, London





Shelfmark: Add. Ms. 17333
Date: c. 1320-1330
Provenance: Northwest of France (Normandy)
Language: Latin and French
Size: ± 325 x 225mm
108 pages, 83 miniatures illuminated with gold.
Green leather binding. Inside cover in red leather with gold motifs.
Full-colour commentary volume, written by internationally renowned experts.
Unique and unrepeatable first edition, strictly limited to 987 numbered and authenticated copies.
Val-Dieu Apocalypse The British Library, London The British Library, London


Shelfmark: Add. Ms. 17333
Date: c. 1320-1330
Provenance: Northwest of France (Normandy)
Language: Latin and French
Size: ± 325 x 225mm
108 pages, 83 miniatures illuminated with gold.
Green leather binding. Inside cover in red leather with gold motifs.
Full-colour commentary volume, written by internationally renowned experts.
Unique and unrepeatable first edition, strictly limited to 987 numbered and authenticated copies.



Description

Val-Dieu Apocalypse The British Library, London


This Apocalypse is remarkable firstly on account of its excellent condition and the fine palette used for its illustrations. On a chromatic level, the images stand out for their extreme sophistication and the richness of their hues.

The manuscript was produced around 1320-30, most likely in Normandy; it includes the Apocalypse text (in both Latin and French) beneath large and refined half-page miniatures.

Historically, the manuscript belongs to a small group of four Apocalypses of extraordinary quality; produced during the first quarter of the fourteenth century in the Northwest of France, their iconographic cycle follows that of a thirteenth-century English Apocalypse which was destroyed in the bombing of Metz in 1944. This small group distinguishes itself from its English model by presenting a conception of the figures and scenes which is entirely its own: the realism and tangibility of the figures provide great precision in the fantastic scenes of the Apocalypse. The British Library´s manuscript is the only one of the four which includes the French translation. This Apocalypse also stands out from the rest due to its painstaking artistic execution and particularly elegant realism in the portrait of the figures. These qualities are reinforced by remarkable, delicate chromatics, which are combined with a keen sense of aesthetics.

The codex belonged to the collection of the Val-Dieu Charterhouse library (Séez diocese) in the 17th century. The first folio bears the inscription Ex Libris Cartusiae Vallis Dei. It was purchased by the British Museum on the 6th May 1848 from Thomas Rodd – an English librarian, antiquarian and Hispanist.


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