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LJS 264 - Ymage du monde
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Image du monde.
Ymage du monde [manuscript].
[France, ca. 1400]
Physical description:
132 leaves : parchment ; 210 x 153 (144 x 80) mm. bound to 220 x 160 mm.
Middle French.
Summary of all knowledge, divided into 3 parts on the creation of the world and man, geography, and astronomy; copy of the earliest recension in 6,600 octosyllabic lines of verse, as composed in 1245 by Gautier of Metz.
Formerly owned by Benoît le Court (binding, note of price on upper pastedown) and his son Antoine (signature Antonius Curtius Simphorianus on front flyleaf and lower pastedown, later notes in ink, f. 132v).
Formerly owned by Jehan de Gaignières (or Jean, Johannus in manuscript), procurator of the court of the Primate of Lyon (signature, f. 130r).
Sold by Librairie Thomas-Scheler (Paris), cat. Un Choix (1998), no. 1, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.
Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2012.
Related names:
Gautier, of Metz, active 1245.
Court, Benoît de, former owner.
Court, Antoine de, 16th cent., former owner.
Gaignières, Jehan de, 16th cent., former owner.
Astronomy - Early works to 1800.
Cosmology - Early works to 1800.
Geography - Early works to 1800.
Geography, Medieval.
Form / Genre:
Manuscripts, French - 14th century.
Manuscripts, French - 15th century.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Ms. codex.
Title from opening rubric (f. 2r); title Mapemonde in caption title (f. 2r) and closing rubric (f. 130r).
Collation: Parchment, i (16th-century paper) + 132; 1-2⁸ 3⁶ 4-5⁸ 6-7⁴ 8-17⁸ 18⁴(+2). Horizontal catchwords, lower center.
Layout: Written in 26 long lines; frame-ruled in lead with a narrow column along the left side of the text block for the initials at the beginning of each line.
Script: Written in a French hybrid script by at least 2 hands.
Decoration: 7-line illuminated opening initial in blue and red on a gold ground with extensions (f. 2r); 18 astronomical diagrams in red and black (f. 38r, 39v, 40v, 41r, 42r, 45r, 46r, 46v, 47r, 86v, 90r, 91v, 93r, 94v, 128r); first initials of sections alternate between red with purple flourishing and blue with red flourishing; first initials of page often enlarged and decorated, sometimes with red or blue pigment added, sometimes with faces (f. 14r-15v) or hands (f. 28v, 47v, 69r, 111v) or zoomorphic forms (dragons, f. 24r, 64r, 99r, 121r; storks or cranes, f. 71r, 119v, 127v; snake, f. 78v; wolves' or dragons' heads, f. 66r, 82r, 126v; geese, f. 49r, 120v, 130r); rubrics in red; initials touched with yellow; ascenders of top line and descenders of bottom line elongated and decorated; most catchwords enclosed in decorative frames, mostly touched with yellow, sometimes with additions in red ink (f. 8v, 16v, 22v, 30v, 38v, 46v, 50v, 54v, 62v, 70v, 78v, 86v, 94v, 102v, 110v, 118v).
Binding: 16th-century calf over boards, blind-stamped and -tooled, center armorial medallion of Benoît de Court (3 5-pointed stars on a shield enclosed by a wreath).
Origin: Written in France, ca. 1400.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 133-134 (LJS 264).
Other Titles:
Cite as:
LJS 264
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 264

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Collection: Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection
Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: Yes
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: French, Middle (ca. 1300-1600)
Century: 14th century
Century: 15th century
Date: 1400
Genre: Codices
Genre: Diagrams
Genre: Illuminations
Genre: Manuscripts, French - 14th century
Genre: Manuscripts, French - 15th century
Subject: Astronomy
Subject: Cosmology
Subject: Geography
Subject: Geography, Medieval
Related names: Court, Antoine de, 16th cent., former owner
Related names: Court, Benoît de, former owner
Related names: Gaignières, Jehan de, 16th cent., former owner
Related names: Gautier, of Metz, active 1245
Page material: Parchment