A Medieval Mirror by Adrian Wilson, Joyce Lancaster Wilson

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D. Noah's Ark. Speculum humanæ salvationis, Chapter II. Harvard University, The Houghton Library, Ms. Lat. 121, fol. 5 verso. Harvard University, the Houghton Library, Ms. Lat. , this manuscript includes forty-five chapters and seventy-five pen and ink drawings in a primitive but lively style (figs. II-16, 17, 18). There are singleline titles over the pictures, but no elaborate initials or illumination. After the first eighteen chapters, blank spaces are left for the miniatures, which were never completed.

II-20. c. David Kills Goliath. Speculum humanæ salvationis, Chapter XIII. The Pierpont Morgan Library, M. 385, fol. 16 recto. The Pierpont Morgan Library, M. , was written in Flanders and contains, on folio 51 verso, a long prayer in Flemish verse. There are miniatures at the head of each column of twenty-five lines, with titles above them and the source reference beneath. All forty-five chapters are included. The illustrations, in pen and wash, are very spirited and well drawn, containing banderoles identifying the persons, and other inscriptions (figs.

The manuscript is incomplete, lacking many leaves but ending with Chapter XL, so that it was probably copied as the abbreviated version. The miniatures are placed in an unusual way, with the four illustrations for each chapter on facing pages without text (Plates II-1 and II-2). The images are in two compartments in vertical sequence and are of formal dramatic design. The typological pattern of the Speculum is followed, but with extremely unusual interpretations in the miniatures. 23 Hessische Landes- und Hochschulbibliothek Darmstadt, Hs 720 Written in a careful Bastarda hand in two prose columns on paper, this manuscript has 200 pen and wash drawings, four for each chapter in the usual typological program, but is unusual in that the chapters begin always on a recto page and end on the verso.

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