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Le Livre des faits darmes et de chevalerie: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 21

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Le Livre des faits darmes et de chevalerie


Author: Pisan, Christine de
Printer: Vérard, Antoine




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Paper (watermark Briquet no. 8658), ii modern paper flyleaves + 108 fols. + ii modern paper flyleaves, 289 x 209 (183 x 115) mm, 32 – 34 long lines, ruled in plummet, catchwords.

BINDING: nineteenth century, quarter blue morocco with blue marbled paper over pasteboards, pink silk bookmark

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 86v Christine de Pisan, Le livre des faits darmes et de chevalerie, Bks 1 – 3, with capitula.

DECORATION: Half-page pen drawings in black ink: fol. 3r Bk 1, Christine de Pisan at her desk within interior, outside Christine de Pisan and Minerva watching armour-makers in foreground, troop of cavalry in background; fol. 37r Bk 2, Embassy of Scipio Africanus to Syphax’s camp in search of a lost horse; fol. 66v Bk 3, Christine de Pisan’s dream in which Honoré Bonnor (‘un pesant ancien sage auctorise juge’) appears to her.

ORNAMENTATION: Red penwork initials [6 ll.] for books; red penwork initials [2 – 4 ll.] for chapters; capitals highlighted in red.


History note: Jean-Baptiste Joseph Barrois (1784 – 1855); Bertram, fourth earl of Ashburnham (1797 – 1878), Barrois collection, no. 378; Bertram, fifth earl of Ashburnham (1840 – 1913); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 10 – 14 June 1901, lot 115; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849 – 1919); his gift, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Paris

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1904) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


15th Century#
Circa 1470 CE - Circa 1480 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Text Height 183 mm Width 115 mm
Page Height 289 mm Width 209 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Item deuise
  • Location: Capitulum, fol. 2r
  • Type: Secundo folio
  • Text: leurs ennem
  • Location: Main text, fol. 4r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 21
Primary reference Number: 170645
Project ID: 126
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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