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43 recto. II-26. a. Christ Bearing his Cross. Chapter XXII, fol. 43 verso. b. Isaac Carrying the Wood for his Immolation. Chapter XXII, fol. 43 verso. < previous page page_47 next page > < previous page page_49 next page > Page 49 III Speculum Manuscripts in Translation Sometime in 1448, Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, a passionate lover of beautiful books like his great-uncles, Jean, Duke of Berry, and Charles V of France, commissioned Jean Miélot to translate the Speculum humanæ salvationis from Latin into French.

Adam Tills, Eve Spins. d. Noah's Ark. Speculum humanæ salvationis, Chapter II. Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, Ms. lat. 9584, fol. 6 recto. The script is an Italian Gothic of the middle of the fourteenth century, and according to Bernard Berenson, the miniatures in pen and wash are Florentine from the last quarter of the century (figs. II-2, 3). He finds them the work of a miniaturist who had travelled widely and included, in his images, architecture with a Byzantine influence and armor in the French style.

There are a few decorated chapter-heading initials. The illustration in Chapter IX-a shows three magi, bearing their gifts; one points at a very large star while another grasps his arm in confirmation and joy. The third has removed his crown and holds the lid of his offering bowl while the Christ child seems to dip in his hand. The same scene is shown in Chapter XLV-e, but in that one a flimsy manger appears with a woven fence. ) in his right. < previous page page_44 next page > < previous page page_45 next page > Page 45 II-21.

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