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Detailed record for Egerton 1069

Author Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung
Title Roman de la Rose
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date c. 1400
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large miniature, followed by a small miniature and a large decorated initial, with full foliate borders, in colours and gold (f. 1). 85 small miniatures, partly coloured pen drawings (ff. 2 (x2), 2v (x2), 3, 3v, 4, 4v (x2), 5 (x2), 5v, 6 (x2), 8, 9, 9v, 10, 10v (x2), 12, 12v, 13v, 15, 15v, 16v, 21, 21v, 22 (x2), 22v (x2), 23v, 24, 24v, 25v (x2), 26, 26v, 27 (x2), 27v, 28 (x2), 28v, 29, 29v, 30, 32, 38v, 50v, 69v, 72 (x3), 75, 82v, 83v, 85 (x3), 87v, 100 (x2), 100v, 101, 110, 111, 131v, 132 (x3), 132v (x2), 139v, 140 (x2), 140v, 141v, 144, 144v, 145, 146v, 147, 147v. Small plain initials in red or blue. Highlighting of letters in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 290 x 195 (225 x 160) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 148 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Bought by the British Museum from Payne and Foss, 14 May 1844 (note on 2nd flyleaf), using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Notes The text of the Roman de la rose was begun around 1220, possibly by Guillaume de Lorris and continued by Jean de Meun between 1269-1278. It is around 20,000 octosyllabic lines of French verse narrating the dream of a young lover, in which the long quest he has undertaken ends when he breaches the castle of Jealousy and obtains the rose. The earlier text is around 4,000 lines, and is lyrical and courtly, while the later addition is more didactic, scholarly, and pessimistic.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1841-1845 (London: British Museum, 1850), 1844, p. 154.

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. 890-91.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 113.

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierter Handschriften des lateinischen Mittelalters, ed. by Harry Bober, 4 vols (London: Warburg Institute, 1916-66), III: Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken (1953), p. 142-43 [with additional bibliography].

Michael Camille, The Medieval Art of Love: Objects and Subjects of Desire (London: Laurence King, 1998), pp. 73-74, pl. 60.

Herman Braet, ‘L’instruction, le titulus, la rubrique: Observations sur la nature des éléments péritextuels’, in ’Als Ich Can’: Liber Amicorum in Memory of Professor Dr. Maurits Smeyers, ed. by Bert Cardon and others (Paris: Uitgeverij Peeters, 2002), pp. 203-12 (p. 203).

Elisabeth Antoine, 'L'Amant a l'entrée du verger de Déduit', in Sur la Terre comme au Ciel: Jardins d'Occident a la fin du Moyen Age (Paris: Musée National du Moyen Age, 2002) pp. 96-99 [exhibition catalogue].

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

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.

Ursula Pieters, Das Ich im Bild: die Figur des Autors in volksprachigen Handschriften des 13. bis 16. Jahrhunderts (Cologne: Bohlau, 2008), p. 127.

Herman Braet, 'Le Jardin de la Rose/The Rose's garden, Cuadernos del Cemyr, 21 (2013), 101-29.

Herman Braet,, Nouvelle Bibliographie du Roman de la Rose (Louvain: Peeters, 2017), p. 203.


Images
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Garden of Pleasures

f. 1
Garden of Pleasures
Haine and Vilenie

f. 2
Haine and Vilenie
Convoitise and Avarice

f. 2v
Convoitise and Avarice
 
Envie and Tristesse

f. 3
Envie and Tristesse
Vieillete

f. 3v
Vieillete
Papelardie

f. 4
Papelardie
 
Pauvrete and the Lover

f. 4v
Pauvrete and the Lover
Lover

f. 5
Lover
Oyseuse and the Lover

f. 5v
Oyseuse and the Lover
 
Oyseuse and the Lover

f. 6
Oyseuse and the Lover
Oyseuse and the Lover

f. 6
Oyseuse and the Lover
Douz-regart and Diex d'Amours

f. 8
Douz-regart and Diex d'Amours
 
Diex d'Amours

f. 9
Diex d'Amours
Largesse

f. 9v
Largesse
Franchise

f. 10
Franchise
 
Dance

f. 10v
Dance
Narcissus

f. 12
Narcissus
Narcissus

f. 12
Narcissus
 
Diex d'Amours and the Lover

f. 13v
Diex d'Amours and the Lover
Diex d'Amours and the Lover

f. 15
Diex d'Amours and the Lover
Lover

f. 15v
Lover
 
Diex d'Amours and the Lover

f. 16v
Diex d'Amours and the Lover
Farewell

f. 21
Farewell
Bel-acueil and the Lover

f. 21v
Bel-acueil and the Lover
 
Bel-acueil

f. 22
Bel-acueil
Lover expelled

f. 22v
Lover expelled
Reason and the Lover

f. 23v
Reason and the Lover
 
Lover and the Ami

f. 24
Lover and the Ami
Lover and Dangier

f. 24v
Lover and Dangier
Franchise, Pitie and Dangier

f. 25v
Franchise, Pitie and Dangier
 
Bel-acueil and the Lover

f. 26
Bel-acueil and the Lover
Kissing the rose

f. 26v
Kissing the rose
Jalousie

f. 27
Jalousie
 
Honte

f. 27v
Honte
Peur and Honte

f. 28
Peur and Honte
Dangier

f. 28v
Dangier
 
Male-bouche and Jalousie

f. 29
Male-bouche and Jalousie
Jalousie's castle

f. 29v
Jalousie's castle
Reason and the Lover

f. 32
Reason and the Lover
 
Detail of miniature.

f. 38v
Detail of miniature.
Lover and the Ami

f. 50v
Lover and the Ami
Detail of miniature.

f. 69v
Detail of miniature.
 
Diex damours (the God of Love)

f. 72
Diex damours (the God of Love)
Diex d'Amours and Faus-semblant

f. 75
Diex d'Amours and Faus-semblant
Diex d'Amours

f. 82v
Diex d'Amours
 
Male-bouche

f. 85
Male-bouche
La Vieille and Bel-acueil

f. 87v
La Vieille and Bel-acueil
Vieille and the Lover

f. 100
Vieille and the Lover
 
Lover and Bel-Acueil

f. 100v
Lover and Bel-Acueil
Lover

f. 101
Lover
Nature's confession

f. 111
Nature's confession
 
Nature and Genius

f. 131v
Nature and Genius
Genius

f. 132
Genius
Genius

f. 132v
Genius
 
Genius

f. 139v
Genius
Venus

f. 140
Venus
Venus

f. 140v
Venus
 
Pygmalion

f. 141v
Pygmalion
Venus at the castle

f. 144
Venus at the castle
Bel-acueil and the Lover

f. 144v
Bel-acueil and the Lover
 
Pilgrim

f. 145
Pilgrim
Relics

f. 146v
Relics
Lover and the rose

f. 147
Lover and the rose
 
Picking the rose

f. 147v
Picking the rose

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