Dis moraulx des philosophes.

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MS M.10
Dis moraulx des philosophes.
France, ca. 1450.
French calf gilt, ca. 1770, lettered: Ditz morau des anc. Philos.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), 1903.
79 leaves (1 column, 34 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 290 x 210 mm.
Owned in the 18th century by Cousin: rue des Lavandières pre. Ste. Oportune a Paris; Jean-Antoine Rigoley de Juvigny Collection (not his sale, Paris Nov. 10, 1788); purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Quartich in June 1903; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. written in France, ca. 1450; miniatures executed after 1860.
In 1048 or 1049, Abū al-Wafāʾ Mubashshir ibn Fātik composed Mukhtār al-ḥikam, an anthology of sayings of the sages of antiquity which came to be highly influential and included sayings not otherwise known from Greek or Latin sources. Before 1257, an anonymous translator at the court of Alfonso the Wise produced a Spanish version of this work under the title Bocados de oro. A Latin translation under the title Liber philosophorum moralium antiquorum (in some manuscripts the title is given as Dicta et opiniones philosophorum) was made by Giovanni da Procida from the Spanish version in the last decades of the thirteenth century. In the late 14th century, Guillaume de Tignonville translated the Latin version into French. MS M.10 is a version of Tignonville's French translation.
Artist: a 19th century artist.
Decoration: 30 miniatures, executed after 1860.

Middle French