The genealogical scrolls of the Middle Ages—early forerunners of the timelines and family trees familiar to us today—were displayed by noble families to proclaim the continuity of their royal bloodlines. This fragment of a fifteenth-century genealogical scroll sets French, English, Papal, and Imperial Roman histories in vertical columns. Produced in France in the aftermath of the Hundred Years War, the manuscript asserts an unbroken French royal line at a time when English kings claimed rights to the French throne. The scrolls were generally hung in the halls of their patrons; this example has been mounted on rollers and housed in a red leather box since the late nineteenth century.
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Seymour de Ricci and W.J. Wilson, Census of medieval and renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, (New York: The H. W. Wilson company, 1935-1940).
A check list of modern first editions together with a few rare old English firsts, (Los Angeles, CA, Dawson's Book Shop, 1932).