Schr. 1260d. St Barbara, with a halo, is portrayed standing, raising up a chalice with the host in her left hand, while she grips her robe with her right hand. Double-lined frame. Unique copy.
ills. Illustrated Bartsch (Supplement), 164.1260–4; Bodleian Filmstrip Roll 245, no. 9.
refs. Schreiber, Handbuch, VIII 75; Dodgson, Ashmolean, 32 (Bodl.6).
refs. SC 21707; Douce Legacy, 168–70 no. 245; Watson, Dated and Datable MSS Oxford, no. 459; Nicholson no. 105.
Binding: Fifteenth-century inboard binding. 220 × 150 × 58 mm. Red, surface-stained tawed sheep over beech boards, the covering now much worn. One copper-alloy catch plate to upper board and a copper-alloy anchor plate to the lower board, the strap and clasp now lost. An intact iron, four-link chain with ring and staple is attached to the head-edge of the lower board. A rectangular patch on the upper board, lighter in colour than the surrounding leather, may indicate a lost label. Now kept in a brown linen-covered box made at the Bodleian and dated Apr. 1983.
Provenance: Würzburg, Bavaria, Conventual Franciscans, Inventio crucis. Francis Douce (1757–1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834. Acquired by Douce at an anonymous sale, which he recorded on the title-page of his copy of the catalogue as ‘the property of Halbach’ (London: Evans, 8 Feb. 1832), lot 752. The previous item in the sale catalogue, lot 751, is a similarly chained volume, MS. Douce 58, also containing a woodcut, for which see XYL-22, and has an octagonal, dark blue label on the spine, identical with that on the spine of this manuscript; MS. Douce 58 is known to come from the library of the Franciscan convent in Würzburg.
shelfmark: MS. Douce 133, upper pastedown.