Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Roman de la Rose
Date of origin:Second half of the fifteenth century.
Place of origin: Normandy, France
Modern foliation in brown ink in the upper right corner.
Dimensions:300mm x 222mm (leaves), 205mm x 152mm (ruled space)
Collation:iii 1-88 94 10-128 134 14-188 194 i Catchwords are written vertically in the lower right corner at the end of each gathering.
Script:Text in French Gothic textualis rotunda. There are many changes in ink, but no clear change of hand.
Binding:16th century Italian brown morocco binding over oak boards, covered with black leather sides ornamented with blind tooled arabesque borders enclosing an ornamental lozenge.
Additions:Three leaves on heavy parchment with 18th or 19th century calligraphic "title page" and notes tipped in at front. One blank leaf of parchment tipped in at back.
Provenance:Arms of the Fraidel family on fol. 1. Bookplate of Ambroise Firmin-Didot with date 1850 on front pastedown. The manuscript was sold at the Didot sale, 3rd portion, 1881. Bookplate of James P.R. Lyell on front pastedown. Also owned by Moss and Butler. Sold in Sotheby's sale March 2, 1937.