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Detailed record for Additional 12042

Author Guillaume de Lorris, continued by Jean de Meun
Title Le Roman de la Rose
Origin France
Date c. 1450
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 framed miniature in colours with illuminated initial and full foliate border in colours with gold. 41 unframed miniatures in green and brown colour wash. Initials in red with pen-flourishing in brown or in blue with pen-flourishing in red. Initials with cadels (e.g., 32v) and zoomorphic decoration (e.g., 56v) in the top line of the text. Rubrics, page numbering and highlighting in red.
Dimensions in mm 330 x 260 (230 x 200) written in two columns
Official foliation ff. 166 (+1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning and 1 at the end + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Binding of the Bibliotheca Butleriana: light brown leather, gold tooling, with coat of arms.
Provenance 'Calipel' inscribed in a 16th-century hand on a rear unfoliated parchment flyleaf (f. [ii] verso).
From the library of the Chevalier Bernard (see Catalogue of Additions (1882))..
Sold at Hodson's Rooms in 1829 for £10 18s (a note on a rear paper flyleaf, f. [iii]r).
Samuel Butler (b. 1774, d. 1839), headmaster and Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield: his book stamp 'E Bibliotheca Butleriana' and coat of arms with the motto 'Bellicae Virtutis Praemium' in gold on the upper binding; in his sale, Payne and Foss, 15 July, 1841 lot 472. Bought by the British Museum, one of 300 manuscripts from the Butler library.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Ff. 1-32v: The first section by Guillaume de Lorris, begun around 1220, incipit, 'Maintes gens dient quen songes';
ff. 32v-148r: The continuation by Jean de Meun (or 'Jehan Chopinel'), composed between 1269 and 1278, begins with the rubric, 'Encor des co[m]plaints a l'amant, et ci com[m]enca M[aistr]e Jehan de meun le Roument'. The attribution to the two authors is on ff. 81r-82r. The poem ends, 'Explicit le romant de la roze / Ou lart damour est tout enclose' (f. 166v). Added marginal notes, mostly in Latin, contain passages from Ovid, Juvenal and other works imitated in the text (e.g., ff. 138v-139r).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1876-1881 (London: British Museum, 1882), p. 28.

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), I (1883), pp. 887-88.

Ernest Langlois, Les manuscrits du Roman de la Rose: description et classement, Travaux et mémoires de l'Université de Lille, nouv. sér. I, 7 (Lille: Tallandier and Paris: H. Champion, 1910), pp. 145-46.

Herman Braet, 'L'illustration de l'illustration: L'exemple de l'image dans le Roman de la Rose', in Ensi firent li ancessor: Mélanges de philologie médiévale offert à Marc-René Jung, ed. by Luciano Rosi, 2 vols (Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso, 1996), II, pp. 491-504 (pp. 497, n. 44, 505).

Heidrun Ost, 'Illuminating the Roman de la Rose in the time of the debate: The manuscript of Valencia', in Patrons, Authors and Workshops: Books and Book Production in Paris around 1400, ed. by Godfried Croenen and Peter Ainsworth (Louvain: Peeters, 2006), p. 410, n. 16.

De la Rose: Text, Image, Fortune, ed. by Catherine Bel and Herman Braet (Louvain: Peeters, 2006), p. 542 [for additional bibliography].


Images
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L'Amant dreaming

f. 1
L'Amant dreaming
Dance

f. 7
Dance
Belacueil given a crown of flowers

f. 97
Belacueil given a crown of flowers
 
Pygmalion

f. 159
Pygmalion
L'Amant picks the Rose.

f. 166
L'Amant picks the Rose.

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