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Bod-Inc: R-136

Roman de la Rose

Le Roman de la Rose [French].


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.] ‘Le Rommant de la rose'.

a2r Guillaume de Lorris: Le Roman de la Rose. ‘Cy commance le rommant de la rose | Ou tout lart damours est enclose'; two lines of verse; the first line occurs on its own as prose in several manuscripts; the addition of the second line changes the announcement of the text into verse.

a2r Guillaume de Lorris: Le Roman de la Rose. Incipit: ‘[M]aintes gens dient que en songes | Ne sont que fables et mensonges'.

d6v [Verses anouncing the change of author.] Incipit: ‘Cy endroit trespassa Guillaume | De Lorris et nen fit plus pseaulme'; 6 lines of rhymed rhythmic verse mentioning the two authors.

d6v Jean de Meun: Le Roman de la Rose. Incipit: ‘Esespoir las ce ne feray | Ja ne me desespereray'. Le roman de la rose, par Guillaume de Lorris et Jean de Meun dit Clopinel, revu sur plusieurs éditions et sur quelques anciens manuscrits . . . 4 vols (Amsterdam, 1735). With major variants. The work of Guillaume de Lorris was continued by Jean de Meun.

t6r [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Cest la fin du rommant de la rose | Ou tout lart damours est enclose'; 2 lines of verse.


Imprint: [Lyons: Guillaume Le Roy, c.1487]. Folio.


Collation: a–ſ8 t6.

Illustrations: Woodcuts and border: see Bourdillon.


ISTC: ir00309000

GW: GW 11856;

Hain: C 5156 = 5157;

Goff: Goff R‑309;

Proctor: Pr 8518;

Others: F. W. Bourdillon, The Early Editions of the Roman de la Rose, Illustrated Monographs issued by the Bibliographical Society, 14 (London, 1906), 39-41, no. C; Sheppard 6575; Manfred von Arnim, Katalog der Bibliothek Otto Schafer Schweinfurt (Stuttgart, 1984), 449.

LCN: 14504332


Copy number: R-136(1)

Binding: Seventeenth-century(?) French mottled calf with gold-tooled spine, red-edged leaves, and marbled pastedowns.

Size: 292 × 213 × 32 mm.

Size of leaf: 284 × 199 mm.

Occasional marginal notes in an early hand and underlining in black ink in the text; bibliographical annotations on the front endleaf in Douce's hand; two manuscript shelfmarks on the verso of the first and third front endleaves: Y.499 and Y.983.

Two- and three-line initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red.

Provenance: Sixteenth-century French inscription on a1r: ‘J. Baudrin' (or ‘Vandrin'?). Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 194.

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