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Bod-Inc: R-137

Roman de la Rose

Le Roman de la Rose [French].


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.] ‘Le rommant de la rose imprime a Paris'.

a2r Guillaume de Lorris: Le Roman de la Rose. ‘Cy est le rommant de la rose | Ou tout lart damours est enclose'; two lines of verse; the first line occcurs 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: ‘Maintes gens dient que en songes | Ne sont que fables et mensonges'.

e2r [Verses anouncing the change of author.] Incipit: ‘Cy endroit trespassa Guillaume | De Loris et nen fist plus pseaulme'; 6 lines of rhymed rhythmic verse mentioning the two authors, but differing from the text of R‑136.

e2r Jean de Meun: Le Roman de la Rose. Incipit: ‘Desesperer las non feray | Je ne me desespereray'. See R‑136; with variants.

z5v [Explicit.] Incipit: ‘Cest fin du rommant de la rose | Ou lart damours est toute enclose'; 2 lines of verse.


Imprint: Paris: [Le Petit Laurens] for Antoine Vérard or Jean Petit, [c.1497]. Folio.


Collation: a8 b–g6 h8 i–z6.

Illustrations: Woodcuts: see Bourdillon.


ISTC: ir00312000

GW: GW 11860 (Anm.);

Hain: C 5158;

Goff: Goff R‑312;


Proctor: Pr 8173;

Others: Bourdillon 43 no. F; Macfarlane 124; Sheppard 6408.

LCN: 14504382


Copy number: R-137(1)

This copy has no device on the title-page.

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth century(?) half diced russia over marbled paper boards, with gold-tooled spine and sprinkled red-edged leaves.

Size: 268 × 199 × 21 mm.

Size of leaf: 261 × 186 mm.

Bibliographical notes in Bourdillon's hand on a paper pasted on the title-page. Manuscript note in an early hand on a1r: ‘In corio viridi'.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 167.

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