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Detailed record for Harley 4333

Author Various authors including Gossuin de Metz, Marie de France
Title Various texts, mainly in verse, including Gossuin de Metz's Image du monde (ff. 1-69), Le Roman de la mort (ff. 70-72), Marie de France's Aesop fables (ff. 73-96)
Origin France, ?E.
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language French
Script Gothic, written below the top line
Decoration Puzzle initial in red and blue with pen-flourishing in the same colours (f. 73). Initials in red or blue with pen-flourishing in the same colours extending in the margins to form partial borders. Numerous ink diagrams illustrating the Image du monde. Coloured initials in red ink.
Dimensions in mm 165 x 115 (130 x 90), in 2 columns
Official foliation ff. 117 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end + 3 unfoliated parchment leaves after f. 117)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Part of f. 106 has been excised.
The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts.
Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d. 1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at
Catchwords written horizontally. Leaf signatures.
For a more detailed list of contents, see Catalogue 1808 or Arlima website, and for the contents of the Aesopic fables, Ward 1893.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 4333.

Paul Meyer, 'Henri d'Andeli et le chancelier Philippe', Romania, 1 (1871), 190-215 (pp. 206-09).

Léopold Hervieux, Les Fabulistes latins, depuis le sie`cle d'Auguste jusqu'a` la fin du moyen a^ge, 5 vols (Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1884-96), I, pp. 635-36.

Paul Meyer, 'Le Chastie-Musart d'après le ms. Harléien 4333', Romania, 15 (1886), 603-10.

Paul Meyer, 'L'Image du Monde: redaction du ms. Harléien 4333', Romania, 21 (1892), 481-505.

H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), II (1893), pp. 298-306.

Françoise Vielliard, 'Sur la tradition manuscrite des fables de Marie de France', Bibliothèque de l'École des chartes, 147 (1989), 371-97 (p. 397).

Richard Trachsler, 'Les fables de Marie de France', Cahiers de civilisation médiévale, 44 (2001), 45-63 (p. 63).

'L'Image du Monde, deuxieme redaction en vers', in 'ARLIMA: Archives de littérature du Moyen-Âge' ed. by Laurent Brun and Sara Centili, online at [accessed 05.05.21]

Sara Centili, 'La tradition manuscrite de l’Image du monde: Fortune et diffusion d’une encyclopédie du xiiie siècle' (unpublished thesis, Paris: École des chartes, 2005), chapter 1.

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