Roman de la Rose
Rouen, France ca. 1525.
Red velvet, edges gilt and gauffered with a row of lozenges containing the letter F flanked by rows of lozenges containing fleur-de-lis.
Gift of Beatrice Bishop Berle, in memory of her father, Cortlandt Field Bishop, 1972.
210 leaves (2 columns, 33 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 262 x 186 mm
Made for François I, King of France (the shelf mark "38" is written on fol. 1v); John Louis Goldsmid; his sale, London, Evans, Dec. 11, 1815, lot 729; to John North of East Acton, Middlesex; his sale, London, Evans, May 25, 1819, III, lot 806; to William Esdaile; his sale, London, Christie's, Mar. 15, 1838, lot 357; to Henry Bohn, London bookdealer; William Knight; his sale, London, Sotheby's, Aug. 2, 1847, lot 1074; to William Pickering, London bookdealer; Lord Vernon (Sudbury Hall Library, Derbyshire), with bookplate; his sale, London, Sotheby's, June 10, 1918, lot 327; to B.F. Stevens; Cortlandt Field Bishop, with bookplate; his sale, New York, American Art Association - Anderson Galleries, Apr. 26, 1938, lot 1365; to Beatrice Bishop Berle (1902-1993).
Ms. written and illuminated in Rouen, France, ca. 1525.
Texts: Roman de la Rose, begun by Guillaume de Lorris and finished by Jean de Meun. Girard Acarie's dedicatory epistle preceeds the text on fol. 4v. His ten line interpolation in praise of Franc̦ois I appears on fols. 180v-181r.
Scribe: Girard Acarie.
Text copied from a 1519 edition printed in Paris by Michel le Noir.
Decoration: 2 full page, 67 large, and 38 small (half-column) miniatures.
Artist: Master of Girard Acarie.