Le romamant de la rose, imprime a Paris.

Accession number: 
PML 535
Guillaume, de Lorris, active 1230.
Paris : Antoine Vérard, [not before March 1493]
[150] leaves : illustrations (woodcuts) ; 33.5 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.

Begun by Guillaume de Lorris, and finished by Jean de Meung.
Title from half-title page, leaf a1r, with Vérard's device.
Imprint from GW. Date based on state of device. PML Checklist dates [1496].
Printed in Vérard's types 2:98G, 11*:100G, 11**:95G, and 13*:120G.
Signatures: a-s⁸ t⁶: 150 leaves.
Paper format: Chancery folio
88 woodcut illustrations from 62 woodblocks.
BMC records a variant setting of sheets c1, d4 and s2.
Jean de Meun's continuation of the text begins on leaf d6r.
PML copy on vellum.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 32.6 x 24 cm.
PML copy missing 2 leaves: a1-2, replaced in manuscript with illuminations.

18th-century French gilt-tooled red morocco over paper boards (33.5 x 25 cm), sewn on 5 supports. Red paper pastedowns and endleaves, with plain paper endleaves; decorative endbands; gilt edges.

Hand decoration: Contemporary French rubrication, gilt initials and paragraph marks on red ground and yellow capital strokes. Woodcuts are hand colored, following woodcut image. Annotations: No marginal notations in text.

George Watson Taylor (d. 1841), his sale, Evans, 20 March 1823, lot 1000 for £48.6.0; William Clark, armorial bookplate with shelf mark: Catal: R. No. 54, 19th century(?) (front pastedown); unidentified English/French sale description, lot 1184; Richard Bennett (1849-1930), armorial bookplate (front pastedown) and bibliographical notes: No. 35, 10/5/98 and price code: ryy/wl/- (front endleaf 1 verso); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.