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Evelyn Silber, "The Reconstructed Toledo Speculum humanæ salvationis: The Italian Connection in the Early Fourteenth Century," in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, XLIII (1980), pp. 3251, pls. 210. < previous page page_35 next page > < previous page page_36 next page > Page 36 II-10. a. Christ on the Cross. b. Nebuchadnezzar's Dream of the Tree Cut Down. Speculum humanæ salvationis, Chapter XXIV. Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Clm 146, fol. 26 verso. < previous page page_36 next page > < previous page page_37 next page > Page 37 II-11.

The title page, on the verso (Plate III-4), is a full-page illuminated letter with a winged dragon forming an initial S above the calligraphed "Ensieut le miroir de la saluation humaine" (Here follows the mirror of human salvation). On the next recto Miélot describes the commission (fig. III-1). A large D encloses a modest self-portrait of the pot-bellied translator in a bejewelled robe. Miélot holds a banderole inscribed with the motto "Savoir Vault mieulx que Avoir" (To know is worth more than to have).

Later in the minute they are line drawings (figs. III-4-b and c). Beneath the first two are written the chapter and verse of the Bible to which the text and illustration refer, but this is not continued beyond Chapter I. Miélot was a good decorator, translator, and scribe, but he was not a miniaturist and if these sketches are his, they were intended to show the subjects to the artist. 5. C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes, edited by Allan Stevenson (Amsterdam, 1968), watermark 3544. < previous page page_50 next page > < previous page page_51 next page > Page 51 III-1.

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