Roman de la Rose.

Accession number: 
MS M.181
Roman de la Rose.
Burgundy, France, 1400.
18th-century dark blue straight-grained morocco, gold-tooled with pink paper doublures and flyleaves by C. Kalthoeber, London; lettered: Romant de la Rose; in blue half-morocco slipcase, lettered at side: Roman de la rose M.181.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1902.
157 leaves (2 columns, 35 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 245 x 170 mm
Written for Jean Anquetin, balli d'Aumale and (later) vicomte d'Harcourt; brought to England by Pierre Desmaiseaux; Horace Walpole's bookplate; Prince Mikhail Petrovich Golits︠y︡n, Cat. 1816, p. 68); his sale (Paris, Mar. 3, 1825, no. 63); bought by Payne and Foss; sale by Wheatley and Adlard (London, Jan. 20, 1830, no. 1459); D.S. Ker sale (London, Mar. 8, 1847, II, no. 1410); Sotheby's sale (London, Apr. 13, 1874, no. 633); Richard Bennett (bought Oct. 17, 1893);Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other sources, no. 113; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) with the Bennett Collection in 1902; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. vernacular romance; written in Burgundy, France, in 1400.
Texts: Roman de la Rose, begun by Guillaume de Lorris and finished by Jean de Meun.
Decoration: 40 spaces left for miniatures; Inserted in the 18th century at the beginning of the volume are three leaves on paper with the beginning of the text and 1 pen and ink sketch.
Scribe: Johan Selles; colophon on fol. 157v reads: Johan anquetin iadis baillif daubmalle apresent viconte de harecourt fist faire a sa devise et escrire cest Roumant de la Rose par iohan selles cler. et lacompli en lan de lincarnacion nro nostre seigneur mil et iiij[superscript c] en moys doctobre.
Beneath the colophon is the signature of Ambroise de Cambray dated July 20, 1485.
Revised: 2015

textura (?)
Middle French, Burgundian dialect