Alexandreis / Walter of Châtillon.

Walter, of Châtillon, active 1170-1180 [Browse]
Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[Lincolnshire, England] : [producer not identified], [between 1350 and 1400]
1 volume (64, 4 leaves) : parchment, illustrations ; 26 cm


Library of Congress genre(s)
  • Title from printed catalog.
  • Script: Anglicana formata.
  • Decoration: The Alexandreis begins with a large pen-flourished initial in brown ink, extending into the inner margin. Major text divisions thereafter begin with 5-line pen-flourished initials in brown ink, and lesser divisions in 2-line initials in red ink with red pen-flourished decoration. Occasional decorations extending from lower lines into the lower margin (e.g., dragon on fol. 30v). A somewhat crude lead-point and pen sketch of St. Anne holding on her lap the Virgin Mary, who is holding the Christ child is on fol. 61v.
Binding note
England, 17th century. Calf over pasteboard, with gold-stamped and blind-embossed panels; gilt edges; red, blue, and ochre marbled endpapers. Spine title (gold-stamped): “alexandri magni vita m.s.”
Garrett MS. 119 was most likely copied in part at Revesby Abbey (Cistercian Abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Lawrence), Lincolnshire, in the second half of the 14th century (see Content, fols. 59r-61v). Robert Garrett (1875-1961), of Baltimore, Maryland, Class of 1897, purchased the manuscript on 22 December 1924 from the New York antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich (1865-1930). Garrett's gift to the Princeton University Library, 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert Garrett, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 265-267.
Cite as
Garrett MS. 119, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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