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Previous page page_46 next page > < previous page page_47 next page > Page 47 II-24. b. Daniel Destroys Bel and Kills the Lion, Chapter XIII, fol. 34 verso. II-25. d. King Ammon Deals Dishonestly with David's Messengers. Chapter XXI, fol. 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.

3. Joseph Barrois, Bibliothèque Prototypographique (Paris, 1830), p. 129. 4. Anthony Hobson, Great Libraries (London and New York, 1970), p. 95. < previous page page_49 next page > < previous page page_50 next page > Page 50 Bibliothèque Royale, Ms. 5 It is handsomely encased in a modern binding of burgundy red leather, quarter-bound, with oak boards, and clasps in heavy brass. The first page displays a giant decorated M with a face on both sides, suggesting a mirror, over the letters I N U T E, each in a different style of capital (Plate III-3).

A. The Gifts of the Magi. Speculum humanæ salvationis, Chapter IX. The Pierpont Morgan Library, M. 385, fol. 11 verso. II-20. c. David Kills Goliath. Speculum humanæ salvationis, Chapter XIII. The Pierpont Morgan Library, M. 385, fol. 16 recto. The Pierpont Morgan Library, M. , was written in Flanders and contains, on folio 51 verso, a long prayer in Flemish verse. There are miniatures at the head of each column of twenty-five lines, with titles above them and the source reference beneath. All forty-five chapters are included.

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