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Ms. Codex 850 - [Collection of French poetry]
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[Collection of French poetry] [manuscript].
[Rouen, before 1560]
Physical description:
77 leaves : paper ; 199 x 145 (138 x 95) mm. bound to 207 x 154 mm.
Middle French.
A collection of 16th-century French poetry, including ballades and rondeaux, by Adrien de Saint-Gelais, Anne de Graville, André de la Vigne, Richard de la Porte, and Jean Marot, with additions perhaps by Robert de la Porte, son of original owner Richard de la Porte (Zacour-Hirsch).
1. p.1-[42]: Les troys buccines c'est assavoir: foy, charite, et esperance / Adrien de Saint-Gelais.
2. p.43-49: Le moyen d'avoir paix en France (ballade).
3. p.51-[65]: Six rondeaux, with authors such as Anne de Graville, André de la Vigne, Richard de La Porte, and Jean Marot.
4. p.67-[72]: Two ballades, one attributed to either Villon or Alain Chartier.
5. p.73-[152]: 14 pieces in verse and prose, including a prophecy by Paul Paradiso.
Formerly owned by the La Porte family, 16th century (Zacour-Hirsch).
Sold in the collection of Baron Jérôme Pichon at auction at Hôtel Druot, May 1897, catalogue vol. 1, no. 893.
Sold by Pierre Berès, 1953.
Related names:
Pichon, Jérôme, baron, 1812-1896, former owner.
French poetry.
Form / Genre:
Manuscripts, French - 16th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger (Zacour-Hirsch).
A more detailed description of the contents of Ms. Codex 850 supplied by the staff of bookseller Pierre Berès in 1953 is on file at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Foliation: Paper, i (modern paper) + 77 + i (modern paper); modern pencil pagination, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in a single column of up to 21 lines; frame-ruled in ink with double verticals.
Decoration: First two poems start with a 2-line initial, one in red and one in blue; thereafter there are spaces and guide letters for initials which were never added. Calendar chart on p. 100.
Binding: 19th-century blind-stamped calf; upper and lower covers detached.
Origin: Written in Rouen in the first half of the 16th century (Zacour-Hirsch); spine date 1523, last date in text 1560 (p. 100, 122).
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. 57-58 (Ms. French 21).
Saulnier, V.L. Bulletin de bibliophile, 1952, nos. 3-5
Other Titles:
Poesies diverses
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 850.
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 850

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Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: No
Notated: No
Language: French, Middle (ca. 1300-1600)
Century: 16th century
Date: 1525
Genre: Codices
Genre: Manuscripts, French - 16th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Renaissance
Genre: Poems
Subject: French poetry
Related names: Pichon, Jérôme, baron, 1812-1896, former owner
Page material: Paper