The single leaf, written in Germany in the late 15th century, consists of 46 rhyming lines (for ease of memorization) of instructions to children for proper table manners.
The verses belong to a very small group of manuscripts and printed versions loosely classified as Doctrina mensae. The Morgan has the earliest known French edition, Les contenances de la table (PML 63681) as well as facsimiles of two later French editions.
Verso is blank.
The item relates to PML 87304, a broadside printed by Rosenthal and Ben Kinmont around 2006 of the verses translated into English. Also, the item, containing the line "Don't make a Bartholomew out of bread," relates to MSS M.917/945, the Hours of Catherine of Cleves, in that the admonition might explain the mysterious inclusion of pretzels surrounding the miniature of St. Bartholomew (fol. 228).
Instructions for good table manners