Description This manuscript, which is dated in a colophon to 1489, is one of the three known fifteenth-century copies of a rare vernacular cosmography originally composed in verse under the title "Image du Monde" (The Mirror of the World) in Lorraine dialect ca. 1245-46. The manuscript provides descriptions of the seven liberal arts along with astronomical theories, especially about the earth, the creatures that inhabit it, and its movements within the universe. Each one of the liberal arts is illustrated with a small miniature in grisaille, and extraordinary geometric astronomical diagrams recur throughout the book. The importance of W.199 is both textual and pictorial. Illuminated by followers of Willem Vrelant, active in Bruges 1454-1481, the manuscript reveals affinity of format and content with a 1464 copy of the Mirror of the World made in Bruges (London, British Library, Royal 19 A.IX).
|12/31/1969||Treatment||binding stabilized; examined for digitization; media consolidation|
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Provenance Gruel and Engelmann Collection, Paris, late 19th-early 20th century ; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.  Their bookplateon front flyleaf inscribed "No. 76"
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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