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LJS 264 - Ymage du monde
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 264 - Ymage du monde
Title:
Image du monde.
Ymage du monde [manuscript].
Origin:
[France, ca. 1400]
Physical description:
132 leaves : parchment ; 210 x 153 (144 x 80) mm. bound to 220 x 160 mm.
Summary:
Summary of all knowledge, divided into 3 parts on the creation of the world and man, geography, and astronomy; copy of the earliest recension in 6,600 octosyllabic lines of verse, as composed in 1245 by Gautier of Metz.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title from opening rubric (f. 2r); title Mapemonde in caption title (f. 2r) and closing rubric (f. 130r).
Collation: Parchment, i (16th-century paper) + 132; 1-2⁸ 3⁶ 4-5⁸ 6-7⁴ 8-17⁸ 18⁴(+2). Horizontal catchwords, lower center.
Layout: Written in 26 long lines; frame-ruled in lead with a narrow column along the left side of the text block for the initials at the beginning of each line.
Script: Written in a French hybrid script by at least 2 hands.
Decoration: 7-line illuminated opening initial in blue and red on a gold ground with extensions (f. 2r); 18 astronomical diagrams in red and black (f. 38r, 39v, 40v, 41r, 42r, 45r, 46r, 46v, 47r, 86v, 90r, 91v, 93r, 94v, 128r); first initials of sections alternate between red with purple flourishing and blue with red flourishing; first initials of page often enlarged and decorated, sometimes with red or blue pigment added, sometimes with faces (f. 14r-15v) or hands (f. 28v, 47v, 69r, 111v) or zoomorphic forms (dragons, f. 24r, 64r, 99r, 121r; storks or cranes, f. 71r, 119v, 127v; snake, f. 78v; wolves' or dragons' heads, f. 66r, 82r, 126v; geese, f. 49r, 120v, 130r); rubrics in red; initials touched with yellow; ascenders of top line and descenders of bottom line elongated and decorated; most catchwords enclosed in decorative frames, mostly touched with yellow, sometimes with additions in red ink (f. 8v, 16v, 22v, 30v, 38v, 46v, 50v, 54v, 62v, 70v, 78v, 86v, 94v, 102v, 110v, 118v).
Binding: 16th-century calf over boards, blind-stamped and -tooled, center armorial medallion of Benoît de Court (3 5-pointed stars on a shield enclosed by a wreath).
Origin: Written in France, ca. 1400.
Cite as:
LJS 264
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 264
 
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