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Ms. Codex 937 - Recueil de poësies
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Title:
Recueil de poësies [manuscript].
Origin:
[France, circa 1730-1775]
Physical description:
314 leaves : paper ; 184 x 144 (139 x 110) mm. bound to 190 x 158 mm.
Language(s):
French.
Summary:
Collection of 18th-century French poems, including sonnets, madrigals, epigrams, epitaphs, odes, cantates, fables, and elegies. About one-third of the contents is the work of the former Jesuit Jean Baptiste Louis Gresset, including "Le Lutrin vivant," "Ver-Vert," "Le Carême impromptu," and three of his verse epistles, "La Chartreuse," "Les Ombres," and "Á ma muse." Items in the collection not attributed to Gresset include epitaphs for the duc de Villars (p. 124) and Molière (p. 126) , and an ode to Voltaire (p. 182). A table of contents lists the poems at the end.
Provenance:
Former owners include: Paul Lacroix and Frédéric Lachèvre, no. 219, (bookplates, inside upper cover).
Sold by Marcel Blancheteau, 1958.
Related names:
Gresset, 1709-1777.
Jacob, P. L., 1806-1884, former owner.
Lachèvre, Frédéric, 1855-1943, former owner.
Subject:
Religious poetry, French.
Form / Genre:
Codices.
Elegies.
Fables.
Odes.
Manuscripts, French - 18th century.
Manuscripts, European.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title from caption title (p. 1) and spine; Zacour-Hirsch lists the title as Recueil de poësie.
Pagination: Paper, iv (contemporary paper) + 314 + iv (contemporary paper); 1-604, 1-11, [i]; near-contemporary pagination in ink, upper outer corners.
Layout: Written in 15 long lines.
Script: Written in a cursive script.
Binding: Contemporary calf (Zacour-Hirsch); gold ornamentation on spine.
Origin: Written in France after the 1730s.
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. 59 (Ms. French 29).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 937
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 937

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Collection: Other
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: No
Notated: No
Language: French
Century: 18th century
Date: 1730
Genre: Codices
Genre: Elegies
Genre: Fables
Genre: Manuscripts, European
Genre: Manuscripts, French - 18th century
Subject: Religious poetry, French
Related names: Gresset, 1709-1777
Related names: Jacob, P. L., 1806-1884, former owner
Related names: Lachèvre, Frédéric, 1855-1943, former owner
Page material: Paper