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Ms. Codex 902 - [Chansonnier]
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Title:
[Chansonnier] [manuscript].
Origin:
[France, ca. 1400]
Physical description:
101 leaves : parchment ; 300 x 240 (195 x 160) mm. bound to 306 x 250 mm.
Language(s):
Middle French.
Summary:
Collection of 310 poems by Guillaume de Machaut, Oton de Grandson, Brisebare de Douai, Eustache Deschamps, Philippe de Vitry, and others.
Provenance:
Held by the firm of Leo S. Olschki (Florence, Italy), 1932.
Sold by Laurence Witten (New Haven, Conn.), 1954.
Related names:
Brisebare, d. ca. 1340.
Deschamps, Eustache, 1346?-1406.
Granson, Oton de, d. 1397.
Guillaume, de Machaut, ca. 1300-1377.
Vitry, Philippe de, 1291-1361.
Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374.
Subject:
French poetry - To 1500.
Form / Genre:
Codices.
Anthologies.
Poems.
Manuscripts, French - 14th century.
Manuscripts, French - 15th century.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title from Zacour-Hirsch Catalogue.
Collation: a-h8 (i-m8, n6-1).
Foliation: [i], 1-68, 68-98 [99-100], [i] in black ink, upper outer corner, in the later hand of the compiler of the incomplete index (f. 97r).
Layout: Written in two columns of 36-38 lines in brown ink with red used for headings and capital strokes.
Script: Written by several similar cursive hands.
Decoration: Several decorated (penwork) initials and one inhabited initial with a face (f. 1r).
Binding: Modern leather, "French lyric poetry Machaut Grandson" on spine.
Origin: Written in France, ca. 1400 (Zacour-Hirsch).
Five lines from sonnet CXLVI of Petrarch's Rime (f. 94r).
Incomplete index (f. 96r).
Inscription on f. 1r: "Droit est ferme," (Isabella of Bavaria?).
Description of manuscript by bookseller Laurence Witten on file in Library.
Other formats:
Also available in Microfilm (Microfilm 18), Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 57 (Ms. French 15).
Publications of or about this material:
Partial edition in the dissertation of Mudge, Charles R. The Pennsylvania chansonnier, a critical edition of ninety-five anonymous ballades from the fourteenth century with introduction, notes, and glossary. Indiana University, 1972.
Bertoni, Giulio, "Liriche di Oton de Grandson, Guillaume de Machaut e di altri poeti in un nuovo canzoniere," Archivum Romanicum 16, no. 1 (1932), pp. 1-20, reproduces 304 incipits, and reprints 7 poems. A copy is shelved with the manuscript.
Wimsatt, James I., "Chaucer and the poems of 'Ch' in University of Pennsylvania MS French 15," Chaucer Studies 9 (1982), p. 51ff.; Wimsatt, James I., Chaucer and the poems of 'Ch' in University of Pennsylvania MS French 15 (Cambridge: Brewer, 1982; rev. ed., Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009).
Diekstra, F. N. M., "The poetic exchange between Philippe de Vitry and Jean de le Mote: a new edition," Neophilologus 70 (1986), pp. 504-519. A copy is shelved with the manuscript.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 902
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 902

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Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Collection: Penn Collection
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: No
Notated: No
Language: French, Middle (ca. 1300-1600)
Century: 14th century
Century: 15th century
Date: 1400
Genre: Anthologies
Genre: Codices
Genre: Manuscripts, French - 14th century
Genre: Manuscripts, French - 15th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Medieval
Subject: French poetry
Related names: Brisebare, d. ca. 1340
Related names: Deschamps, Eustache, 1346?-1406
Related names: Granson, Oton de, d. 1397
Related names: Guillaume, de Machaut, ca. 1300-1377
Related names: Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374
Page material: Parchment