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Ms. Codex 906 - Guillaume, de Lorris, active 1230 - Roman de la Rose
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Author:
Guillaume, de Lorris, active 1230.
Title:
Roman de la Rose [manuscript].
Roman de la Rose
Origin:
[France, after 1474]
Physical description:
342 leaves : paper ; 302 x 210 (192 x 90) mm. bound to 310 x 216 mm.
Language(s):
Old French.
Summary:
French allegorical poem written in the 13th century by Guillaume de Lorris and continued by Jean de Meun; the section by Jean de Meun starts at line 4059, f. 64.
Provenance:
Signatures: Marcel (inside upper cover); Delaplanches (f. 1r).
Sold in the Ashburnham collection at auction at Sotheby's, 10 June 1901, lot 607.
Sold by Librairie J. Thiebaud, 1950.
Related names:
Jean, de Meun, approximately 1240-approximately 1305.
Ashburnham, Bertram Ashburnham, Earl of, 1797-1878, former owner.
Subject:
French poetry - To 1500.
Form / Genre:
Codices.
Romances (literary genre)
Manuscripts, French - 15th century.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title from flyleaf, in a later hand.
Verses 64-73 pasted on f. [ii] recto in contemporary hand; some marginalia trimmed and lost.
Collation: Paper, 342; 1-18¹⁶ 19¹⁸ 20-22¹⁶; [ii], 1-317, 319-340, [i]; misnumbered at 318, no loss of text. Foliation and line numbering in a later hand. Signatures at bottom right; catchwords at bottom center, often cropped.
Layout: Written in 31-37 long lines; text block boundaries ruled in drypoint.
Script: Written in Gothic cursive, with the first words or first line at the beginning of sections in bâtarde script; f. 306-322v (a single gathering) in a second hand.
Decoration: Many 2- and 3-line initials in red; capital at beginning of each line stroked with yellow; rubrication in red, often with cropped notes for rubrication or illustration barely visible at edge of page; spaces for illumination, approximately 9 lines in height, are frequent at the beginning of the manuscript but disappear in the second half (after f. 171v).
Watermark: Gatherings 1-19, Briquet 1799 (1474); gatherings 20-22 include Briquet 1548 (1463), 1701 (1454), and 1546 (1457).
Binding: Contemporary blind-stamped calf, rebacked; wormholes in boards, leather, and text near spine.
Origin: Written in France after 1474, based on primary watermark.
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. 54 (Ms. French 1).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 906.
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 906

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Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: No
Notated: No
Language: French, Old (ca. 842-1300)
Century: 15th century
Date: 1474
Genre: Codices
Genre: Manuscripts, French - 15th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Medieval
Genre: Manuscripts, Renaissance
Genre: Romances (literary genre)
Subject: French poetry
Author: Guillaume, de Lorris, active 1230
Related names: Ashburnham, Bertram Ashburnham, Earl of, 1797-1878, former owner
Related names: Jean, de Meun, approximately 1240-approximately 1305
Page material: Paper