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Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[France] : [Nicolaus de Heybech of Erfurt], [1394]
1 volume (vii, 42, vii leaves) : parchment ; 28 cm


Former owner
  • Script: Textualis libraria.
  • Decoration: Initials beginning principal texts (fols. 9r, 31r) are rendered in gold and blue, with blue and red penwork; others in blue with red penwork (fols. 9r and 50v). Paraph marks and decorative line-fillers in blue and gold ink.
Binding note
United States, 20th century. Modern binding of dark red morocco over pasteboard, with dark green morocco doublures and simple blind tooling inside and outside. Gold stamped on the front turn-in: “Bound for Grenville Kane by the New York Public Library, 1929.”
Kane MS. 51 was written by Nicolaus de Heybech of Erfurt. Early and intermediate provenance is unknown. Before Grenville Kane (1854-1943), of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., acquired the manuscript in 1928, it had been broken into three sections and sold separately. The London and New York antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich (1865-1930) acquired fols. 9-30. The New York antiquarian bookseller Lathrop C. Harper acquired fols. 31-50, which were later offered by the firm of Jacques Rosenthal, Munich, in its catalogue Bibliotheca medii aevi manuscripta. Grenville Kane acquired these two sections in 1928 and had them bound together at the New York Public Library in 1929. The Kane Collection was acquired by the Princeton University Library from Kane's heirs in February 1946.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, pages 116-117.
Cite as
Kane MS. 51, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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