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Ms. Codex 996 - Recueil de diverses poesies, 1756
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Recueil de diverses poesies, 1756 [manuscript].
[France, between 1754 and 1756]
Physical description:
150 leaves : paper ; 180 x 111 mm. bound to 184 x 123 mm.
Collection of poems in a variety of forms, including odes, elegies, epigrams, acrostics, epitaphs, and rondeaux, with a few prose pieces. A small number of the poems have attributions, such as the "Traduction de la première ode d'Horace" by the abbé Jean-Claude Fontaine; "Le danger des spectacles" by Louis-Etienne Arcère; and a few poems by Chrétien Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes. Of the many poems without attribution, several concern famous individuals, such as Voltaire, Mazarin, and Richelieu.
Ms. codex.
Title from title page (p. iii); date on both inscription and title page seems to have been changed from 1756 to 1754.
Pagination: Paper, i (contemporary paper) + 150 + i (contemporary paper) leaves; [viii], 1-20, 23-92, 97-199, [ii], 200-282, [viii]; contemporary pagination in ink, modern pagination in pencil, upper outer corners.
Decoration: Engraved border on title page showing a portal and two angels holding crown and royal arms (p. iii); small engraving of a man on shore pointing to a ship in distress with a printed poem beginning "Le monde est une mer orageuse implacable" (p. 282).
Binding: Contemporary marbled calf (Hirsch).
Origin: Written in France in 1754 or 1756.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 996
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 996
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