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Profession des Cheualiers de S. Iean de Hierusalem

Author: Knights of Malta.
Contributor(s): Meaux-Boisboudran, Guillaume de, -1639 [former owner].
Production / publication: [France] [around 1631]Description: 44 leaves : vellum, illustrations ; 22 cm (4to).General note: Manuscript of profession for joining the Order of St John of Jerusalem in France, written in red and black ink on vellum and illuminated with 19 coloured illustrations depicting each stage of the profession ceremony. Pages enclosed in red, blue and gold borders; illuminated initials at the beginning of each major paragraph. Last four leaves contain pen and ink drawings of galleys and one of a naval action in a bay. Loose at end, there is a folded coloured map of Malta and Gozo (reversed) on vellum with numbered key to locations.Language note: In French Ownership note: Inscribed as the former property of Guillaume de Meaux Boisboudran, Grand Prior of France: "Ce livre a apartenu a frère Guillaume de Meaux Boisboudran grand Prieur de Fance ... and a la Bibliotheque de Bagh[...]"; purchased for the Library of the Order of St John in England in 1934, from booksellers Davis & Orioli in London, with funds donated by Sir Charles Hyde; purple round stamp of the Order of St. John on front pastedown.Binding note: Bound in calf with gold-stamped rosettes in the centre of covers and fleur-de-lis decorations in the corners; remains of two ties. Incorporating the original vellum covers with the front displaying the armorial bearing of a Grand Prior.Other title: Profession des Chevaliers de S. Jean de Hierusalem.Subject(s): Knights of Malta -- France -- Admission to the Order | Profession (in religious orders, congregations, etc.)
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Library H2 (Browse shelf) Available

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