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1945‑65‑19 Ordre du saint espirit


Ordre du saint espirit

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(Philadelphia, United States, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Philip S. Collins Collection)


Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs




Circa 1585


This manuscript pertains to the order of chivalry known as The Order of the Holy Spirit, created by Henry III in 1578. It presents scriptural texts, including the beginning of the Gospel of John and the account of Pentecost from Acts, as well as four full page illuminated miniatures. The first miniature represents Louis Gonzaga, the Duke of Nevers, receiving the Order, the first knight to do so. The second, third, and fourth images are Biblical scenes: the Crucifixion, Pentecost, and the Circumcision. The manuscript features illuminated borders throughout with four illuminated initials.



Iii+12+iii; 280 x 210 mm bound to 295 x 230 mm


Modern foliation in pencil, upper center recto, including the modern paper folios interleaved between parchment folios, although the paper leaves are not marked


Structure uncertain




Eighteenth-century red velvet, impressions from metal medallions in center and corners, impressions from metal clasps


  • One column of twenty to twenty-two lines; box-ruled in ink, with horizontal ruling not visible, except for one page with horizontal ruling in ink (fol. 8v); written area: 215 x 142 mm
  • Decoration

    Four full-page miniatures; four large illuminated initials in blue on gold grounds with botanical ornamentation; illuminated borders throughout, either with the dove and flames of the Holy Spirit or with faces and cornucopia


  • Humanistic
  • Humanistic Cursive
  • Provenance



    Table of contents



    Front cover
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    Inside front cover
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    Flyleaf 1 recto
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    Decoration: Bookplate, Philip S. Collins

    Flyleaf 1 verso
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    Flyleaf 2 recto
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    Flyleaf 2 verso
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    Flyleaf 3 recto
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    Flyleaf 3 verso
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    fol. 1r
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    fol. 1v
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    Decoration: Full-page miniature, Initiation of Louis Gonzaga, Duke of Nevers, into the Order of the Holy Spirit

    fol. 2r
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    Section: Initium Sancti Evangelii secundum Ioannem
    Decoration: Illuminated initial I

    fol. 2v
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    fol. 3r
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    fol. 3v
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    fol. 4r
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    Decoration: Full-page miniature, Crucifixion

    fol. 4v
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    fol. 5r
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    fol. 5v
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    fol. 6r
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    Decoration: Full-page miniature, Pentecost

    fol. 6v
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    fol. 7r
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    fol. 7v
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    fol. 8r
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    Section: Lectio Actuum Apostolorum
    Decoration: Illuminated initial I

    fol. 8v
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    Section: Sequentia Sancti Evangelii secundum Ioannem
    Decoration: Illuminated initial I

    fol. 9r
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    fol. 9v
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    fol. 10r
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    Decoration: Full-page miniature, Circumcision

    fol. 10v
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    fol. 11r
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    fol. 11v
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    fol. 12r
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    Section: Lectio Epistole Beati Pauli Apostoli ad Titum
    Section: Sequentia Sancti Evangelii secundum Lucam
    Decoration: Illuminated initial C
    Decoration: Illuminated initial I

    fol. 12v
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    Flyleaf 1 recto
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    Decoration: Bookplate, Philip S. Collins

    Flyleaf 1 verso
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    Flyleaf 2 recto
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    Flyleaf 2 verso
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    Flyleaf 3 recto
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    Flyleaf 3 verso
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    Inside back cover
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    Back cover
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    Fore edge
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    Top edge
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    Bottom edge
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