MS. D'Orville 141
Summary Catalogue no.: 17019
Glosses on Sallust; Jean Lebègue. France, 15th century, second half
Printed from this (the unique) manuscript by J. Porcher, Paris, 1962, and closely related to the surviving illustrations in Geneva, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 54. The text has been described as 'the fullest and most detailed written programme to survive' of instructions for an illuminator (J. J. G. Alexander, Medieval Illuminators and their Methods of Work (1992), 57), but in the fullest recent analysis Anne van Buren has argued that the earlier text is descriptive - describing the illustrations that already existed in the Geneva MS. at the time of Lebègue's writing - with only the later entries (corresponding to fols. 39v onwards of the Geneva manuscript) being prescriptive (A. van Buren with R. Wieck, Illuminating fashion: dress in the art of medieval France and the Netherlands, 1325-1515 (2011), 35 nn. 120-1); a fuller analysis is forthcoming in Anne D. Hedeman, Visual Translation: Illuminated Manuscripts and the First French Humanists (South Bend: Notre Dame University Press, 2022).
Frame-ruled; 1 column, c. 28-30 lines; ruled space 140 × 80-90 mm.
Cursive by one hand
Rubrics and lemmata on fols. 1r-41r in textualis.
Plain brown leather over pasteboards; ‘Sallust | MS’ on the spine
Provenance and Acquisition
The colophon, fol. 41r, covering fol. 1r-40v, is copied from an earlier examplar and gives the date of the original compilation, not the present manuscript.
Jacques Phillippe D'Orville of Amsterdam (1690–1751); listed in the catalogue of his collection, MS. D'Orville 302, fol. 21r.
Jean D'Orville, b. 1734, his son, by descent
Jean D'Orville, son of Jean, by descent
Sold to the Rev. John Cleaver Banks (1765/6–1845): purchased from him by the Bodleian.
Acquired by the Bodleian in 1804. Previous shelfmark Auct. X. 1. 4. 39.
Last Substantive Revision
2021-08: Description fully revised.