Mirror of the blessed life of Jesus Christ.

Love, Nicholas, active 1410 [Browse]
Uniform title
  • English
  • Middle English (1100-1500)
[London, England] ; [between 1425 and 1475]
iii, 117, iii : parchment ; 320 x 215 mm


Former owner
Library of Congress genre(s)
Getty AAT genre
  • Script: Anglicana formata.
  • Decoration: two 2-line initials A in gold, blue, green, and rose, and pink with three-quarter foliate border for list of chapter running titles, fol. 4. Latin and English scriptural quotations in red within the text.
Binding note
England, 19th century; binding by Francis Bedford (1800-1884), who operated his own bindery in London from 1850.
Language note
Text in Middle English and Latin.
Kane MS. 21 is of composite origin. The text of Nicholas Love's Mirror was written by one scribe and decorated in the London area around 1430, while fols. 1v-3r and fols. 114v-117r are the work of two other scribes, the third perhaps being from Norfolk. The manuscript was sold at Sotheby's, London, at a sale beginning on 15 November 1911. Francis Edwards Booksellers, established in London (1855), purchased the manuscript at the Huth sale. In 1917, Grenville Kane (1854-1943), of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., purchased the manuscript from the London and New York antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich (1865-1930). Kane's bookplate is on the inside front cover. The Kane Collection was acquired by the Princeton University Library from Kane's heirs in February 1946.
Source acquisition
Acquired; Estate of Grenville Kane; 1946.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, pages 46-50
Cite as
Kane MS. 21, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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Also available in an electronic version.
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