Book Id: 42608 An account of a Rich Illuminated Missal Executed for John Duke of Bedford. Richard Gough.
An account of a Rich Illuminated Missal Executed for John Duke of Bedford
An account of a Rich Illuminated Missal Executed for John Duke of Bedford
An account of a Rich Illuminated Missal Executed for John Duke of Bedford
An account of a Rich Illuminated Missal Executed for John Duke of Bedford

An account of a Rich Illuminated Missal Executed for John Duke of Bedford

Publisher Information: London: J. Nichols for T. Payne, 1794.

Gough, Richard (1735-1809). An account of a rich illuminated missal executed for John Duke of Bedford, regent of France under Henry VI. And afterwards in the possession of the late Duchess of Portland. [4], 86pp. 4 engraved plates. London: J. Nichols for T. Payne, 1794. 285 x 224 mm. (uncut). Later quarter calf, boards, light wear. Some foxing and toning throughout, especially to the plates, but very good. Armorial bookplate of the Bibliotheca Lindesiana. Former owner’s pencil notes on the front free endpaper and on pp. 81 and 82, the last notes detailing the history of the Bedford Missal’s ownership in the 18th and 19th centuries.

First Edition. Gough’s monograph on the famous “Bedford Missal,” a richly illuminated 15th-century book of hours, was the first monograph on an illuminated manuscript published in English and may be considered the beginning of English scholarship on the subject. Most of Gough’s text was devoted to explaining details in the missal’s 59 miniatures, and to discussing details of its prior owners, from John of Lancaster, Duke of Bedford (1389-1435) to Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland (1715-85). Gough, a prominent and influential antiquarian, was director of the Society of Antiquaries from 1771 to 1791 and the author of several works on British antiquities.

Book Id: 42608

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