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La Vision de l'âme de Guy de Thurno
Valenciennes, France; Ghent, Belgium (Place Created)
Tempera colors, gold, and ink
Ms. 31 (87.MN.152)
Leaf: 36.4 × 25.7 cm (14 5/16 × 10 1/8 in.)
The Vision of the Soul of Guy de Thurno is a French translation of a Latin text that discusses Church doctrine on purgatory (in French, the title is La Vision de l'ame de Guy de Thurno). Guy de Thurno was a wealthy citizen of Verona who died and then returned to earth in spirit form to haunt his widowed spouse. She turns to a local priest for help, and a dialogue between the priest and the ghost on the nature of the afterlife results.
1475 - 1503
Margaret of York, duchess of Burgundy, French, 1446 - 1503
Source: The manuscript is signed by David Aubert, who was scribe to Margaret of York, and a major scribe at the Burgundian court.
1853 - 1881
Charles-Alexandre de Ganay, Marquis de Ganay, French, 1803 - 1881 [sold, Catalogue d'un choix de Livres Rares et précieux manuscrits et imprimés composant le cabinet Feu M. Le Marquis de Ganay, Maurice Delestre, Paris, May 12-14, 1881, lots 38-39, to the Comte de Lignerolles.]
1881 - 1894
Raoul Léonor Lignerolles, comte de Lignerolles, French, 1817 - 1893 [sold, Catalogue des livres rares et précieux manuscrits et imprimés composant la bibliothèque de feu M. Le Comte de Lignerolles, Libraire Charles Porquet, Paris, 1894, lot 17, to Baron Vitta.]
Source: H. Kieser. ‘Lignerolles, Raoul Leonor’. In Lexikon Des Gesamten Buchwesens Online.
Joseph Raphaël Vitta, baron Vitta, French, 1860 - 1942
Hans P. Kraus, Sr., American, born Austria, 1907 - 1988, sold to Philip Hofer, 1951.
Source: In Retrospect: A Catalogue of 100 Outstanding Manuscripts sold in the last four decades, 1978.
1951 - 1984
Philip Hofer, American, 1898 - 1984, by bequest to his son Myron A. Hofer, 1984.
Source: A sticker inscribed "CAMB. (Mass) 235H. cat. 191" [from the 1959 Brussels exhibition].
Note: his MS. Typ 235
1984 - 1987
Dr. Myron Arms Hofer, American, born 1931, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1987.
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