Roman de Renart.

Accession number: 
MS M.932
Roman de Renart.
Northern France, third quarter of 15th cent.
English, early 19th-century purple morocco, gilt border and spine.
Gift of the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1967.
142 leaves (2 columns, 40 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 281 x 195 mm
Owned by an unidentified individual during the reign of Francis I of France who noted at the end of the manuscript that the king slept at his residence on Apr. 18, 1530; Robert Lang of Portland Place; his sale (London, R.H. Evans, 17 November 1828, lot 2156) to Payne; Sir Thomas Phillipps (Phillipps Collection no. 3634); Phillipps sale (London, Sotheby's, 28 November 1967, lot 102); purchased at the Phillipps sale through E.P. Goldschmidt and Co., Ltd. and Gift of the Fellows in 1967.

Ms. roman de Renart: secular romance, in French verse; written and decorated in northern France in the third quarter of the 15th century.
Written in brown ink by a single scribe; probably was copied from a manuscript now in the British Library (Add. 15229)--Cf. PML files.
Decoration: 15 initials in red and blue with penwork ornament; numerous smaller penwork initials to indicate paragraphs.
The illumination of M.932 is unfinished. Spaces have been provided for 14 miniatures, but these were never executed.

Variant Title: 

Romance of Renart the Fox
Romance of Reynart the Fox
Romance of Reynard the Fox
Renart the Fox
Reynart the Fox

Middle French