Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Consecration and Coronation of Claude of Brittany, Queen of France
Date of origin:Shortly after Claude's coronation on 13 May 1517.
Place of origin: Paris, France
Foliation is in lead in a modern hand in the upper right corner of each recto.
Dimensions:223mm x 156mm (leaves), 145mm x 96mm (ruled space)
Collation:16 22 (-1) 38 (-6) 42 (-2) 56 62 74 (-1) 86 (-4 and 5) 96
Script:Written in a littera bastarda formata in a single hand.
Binding:Bound in stiff vellum over boards with marbled endpapers. The binder's title on the spine is gold-stamped on a green panel: 'Sacre de Claude de Bretagne MS'". The front and back covers also have frame borders drawn in black ink.
Additions:Three additional hands in the text are later and found close to one another on f. 27v below the last line from the main hand (ends "monstrant les mamelles"). The second hand writes from lines 7-12 in French and is clearly in a brown ink different from that of the main scribe. At the tail end of l. 12 and on to l. 13, a third hand writes in English "is book and/ his hand god give him grase to". This hand is also seen on the top line of the otherwise blank f. 28r ("Thomas Willia(m)s his hand god give"). On lines 14-17, a much unrulier hand appears to be practicing some sort of formal closure to a letter or document: "these for the Hon[orable]/ Hon.../ Hon.../Honorable". This fourth hand seems also to be responsible for the lengthier writing in the right margin of f. 35r, written vertically, from top to bottom. A word or two is discernible. The one thing of import discernible is the name "Williams" at the top right.
On the inside front cover there are two bookplates. The first says, "Wilfred Merton MDCCCCXX" (Merton lived 1889-1957). The second, in yellow, says "CORS-Y-GEDOL, LIBRARY." In the top margin of f. 1r, an 18th-century hand has written "Donum Rev. Ev: Evans. To Ev: Lloyd Vaugh[an]. 1771/ E(x) libris E L Vaughan".