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Detailed record for Additional 31840

Author Guillaume de Lorris, continued by Jean de Meun
Title Roman de la Rose
Origin France
Date 2nd quarter of the 14th century
Language French
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 framed miniature with full foliate border in colours with gold (f. 3). 43 framed miniatures in colours with gold on diapered grounds. Initials in gold on rose and blue grounds with penwork decoration. Rubrics and highlighting in red.
Dimensions in mm 265 x 180 (210 x 135) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 142 (ff.1 and 2 are paper flyleaves + 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red velvet.
Provenance William Burges (b. 1827, d.1881), architect: a note on f. 1-1v states, 'This MS. was bought from Bernard Quaritch of Piccadilly, London, by William Burges, Architect, in December, 1874, for £40. Most of the faces having been destroyed, he employed Horatio W. Lonsdale to repair them. The exact extent of these repairs is given below' (a list of repairs follows). Bequeathed by him to the British Museum, 25 June, 1881.
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
The Roman de la Rose is followed by 43 moral verses (ff. 142r-v).
Some of the miniatures were retouched in the 19th century; a list inserted at the beginning of the volume provides details. 5 leaves are missing and lines were added in a 15th-century hand to replace those lost when a miniature was removed (f 31). F. 91 is a small stub from a folio that has been removed.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1876-1881 (London: British Museum, 1882), p. 235-36.

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. 884-85.

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), p. 146.

John V. Fleming, Roman de la Rose: A Study in Allegory and Iconography (New Haven: Princeton University Press, 1969), p. 71, fig. 15.

Mechthild Modersohn, Natura als Göttin im Mittelalter. Ikonographische Studien zur Darstellung der personifizierten Natur, (Berlin: Akademieverlag, 1991) pl. 91.

Herman Braet, 'Narcisse et Pygmalion' in Mediaeval Antiquity, ed. by Andries Welkenhuysen, Herman Braet, Werner Verbeke (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 1954), 237-55, pp. 239, 247, 248, 366.

The Romaunt of the Rose, ed. by Charles Dahlberg (Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999) p. xxi.

De la Rose: Text, Image, Fortune, ed. by Catherine Bel and Herman Braet (Louvain: Peeters, 2006), p. 125, 542 [for additional bibliography].

Victor Stoichita, The Pygmalion effect: from Ovid to Hitchcock (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008), pp. 21-54, 84-85, 213-18.

V. A. Kolve, Telling Images: Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative (San Francisco: Stanford University Press, 2009), p. 194, pl. vi.II.

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


Images
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The lover asleep and the walled garden

f. 3
The lover asleep and the walled garden
The Lover asleep

f. 3
The Lover asleep
Haine, Felonie and Convoitise

f. 4
Haine, Felonie and Convoitise
 
The rose reflected

f. 14
The rose reflected
Bel accueil and l'Amant

f. 19v
Bel accueil and l'Amant
Reason

f. 30v
Reason
 
Wheel of fortune

f. 40v
Wheel of fortune
Poverty

f. 69
Poverty
Decorated initials

f. 72v
Decorated initials
 
Faux-semblant and Abstinence-constrainte speak to Malebouche

f. 81
Faux-semblant and Abstinence-constrainte speak to Malebouche
Genius and Nature

f. 111
Genius and Nature
Pygmalion

f. 137v
Pygmalion
 

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