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Ms. Codex 902 - [Chansonnier]
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[Chansonnier] [manuscript].
[France, ca. 1400]
Physical description:
101 leaves : parchment ; 300 x 240 (195 x 160) mm. bound to 306 x 250 mm.
Middle French.
Collection of 310 poems by Guillaume de Machaut, Oton de Grandson, Brisebare de Douai, Eustache Deschamps, Philippe de Vitry, and others.
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.
French poetry - To 1500.
Form / Genre:
Manuscripts, French - 14th century.
Manuscripts, French - 15th century.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Ms. codex.
Title from Zacour-Hirsch Catalogue.
Collation: Parchment, i (modern paper) + 101 + i (modern paper); 1-13⁸ 14⁶(-1 in position 1);signed a-i, k-n, with possible contemporary signatures visible for b, e, f, and h (f. 9r, 33r, 41r, 57r) and others supplied in pencil, lower right first recto; 1-68, 68-98 [99-100], foliation in black ink, upper right recto, 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:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 902

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Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
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