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EL 26 A 3

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GAUTIER DE METZ; JEAN DE MEUN; JACOBUS DE CESSOLIS, trans. Jean de Vignay
France, 1410-1415
1. ff. 1-152v: [Gautier de Metz, L’Image du Monde] //Qu’ainsi dampnent euls et autrui/ Ce qui puet l’omme a mal conduire…Et il en a loisir et temps/ Car dieu lui rendra si hault don//
Second recension (with the Brendan interpolation on ff. 23-54v) according to the classification discussed by P. Meyer, “L’Image du Monde,” Romania 21 (1892) 481-505. The Brendan interpolation printed by A. Jubinal, La Legénde latine de saint Brandaines (Paris 1836) 105-64. For a list of 72 manuscripts of the Image du Monde, not including EL 26 A 3, see E.-D. Grand in École nationale des Chartes, Positions des thèses (Paris 1885) 81-84. Text here begins and ends defectively.
2. ff. 153-186v: Le testament maistre Iehan de meun dit clopinel, Li peres, li fils et li Sains Esperis/ Uns dieux en troix personnes honores et cheris…Et li prit humblement que nous soions escript/ Ou Saint livre de vie que il meismes escript. Amen. Explicit le testament maistre Iehan de meun qui fus nes sus loyre a meun. Et servi toute sa vie de bon [“coeur” indicated by a sketch of a heart] la vierge marie. Escript l’an mil iiii cens et x le iours de la Saint denis. [ff. 187-188v, ruled, but blank]
D. M. Méon, ed., Le Roman de la Rose par Guillaume de Lorris et Jehan de Meung (Paris 1814) 4:1-116; G. Piffard, “Le Testament de Jehan de Meun d’après le manuscrit HM [incorrect citation] EL 26 A 3, Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California,” unpublished thesis, Strasbourg, 1965. For a list of 116 manuscripts, including EL 26 A 3, see S. Buzzetti Gallarati, “Nota bibliografica sulla tradizione manoscritta del Testament di Jean de Meun,” Revue Romane 13 (1978) 2-35, citing this manuscript on pp. 5, 30.
3. ff. 189-209v: Incipit Romanum Sancti pauli apostoli, Ore escoutes seigneurs/ Qui damledieu ames/ Qui les paines d’enfer/ Et les douleurs cremes/…La nous doinst parvenir/ Ou li bons seront lie/ Em pardurable gloire/ En son haultisme sie. Amen. Explicit romanum Sancti pauli apostoli Anno domini millesimo quadrigentesimo quinto decimo. In festo sancti Marci evvangeliste.
Similar to the version of the text printed by L. E. Kastner, “Les versions françaises inédites de la Descente de Saint Paul en enfer,” Revue des Langues Romanes 49 (1906) 427-49, as the “version de Geoffroi de Paris,” from Paris, B.N. fr. 1526 (a somewhat faulty copy); see also W. Meiden, unpublished doctoral edition, Ohio State University, 1945. The Huntington manuscript begins on line 9 of the printed text, and generally corresponds up to line 586; the printed text then has 3 more lines, while EL 26 A 3 continues for an additional 54 lines.
4. ff. 209v-210: Item inveni in alio loco quomodo Sanctus michael archangelus duxit sanctum paulum ad omnia loca inferni. Et libellus Incipit sic. Dies dominicus dies est electus in quo gaudebunt angeli et archangeli maior diebus ceteris et cetera. Et quomodo sanctus michael prostravit se et paulus et milia milium angelorum ante filium dei ut Requiem haberent die dominico…non possent dinumerare penas inferni. Nos ergo fratres karissimi audientes ista mala convertamur ad dominum ut cum ipso Regnemus et vivemus. In secula seculorum. Amen. Finis est libri ubi hec omnia inveni. Amen.
T. Silverstein, Visio Sancti Pauli. Studies and Documents 4 (London 1935); this manuscript corresponds generally to the text on p. 202 (end of Redaction V).
5. ff. 210v-212: [Hymn, versicle, response and prayer to John the Baptist] O Iohannis gloriose Baptista graciose, fons origo sanctitatis, Virgo sancte castitatis…[RH 30537]; Vers., Ora pro nobis…Resp. Iohannes baptista…; Oratio, Omnipotens et misericors deus qui beatum Iohannem baptistam tua providencia destinasti…[f. 212v, blank] 6. ff. 213-278v: [Jacobus de Cessolis, Ludus scaccorum, in the French translation by Jean de Vignay; prologue:] A Tres noble et Excellent prinpce Iehan de france duc de Normandie et Ainsne fils de philippe pour la grace de dieu Roy de france frere Iehan de Vignay…[f. 213v, Chapter list:] Ci commencent les tiltres des chapistres du livre de la moralite des nobles hommes et des gens du pueple sur le gieu des esches translate de latin en francois par frere Iehan de vignay hospitalier de l’ordre de hault pas…[f. 214, Text:] Ci commence le livre de la moralite de nobles hommes fait sur le Gieu des esches et soubs quel Roy ils furent trouves premierement. Entre tous les mauves signes qui puent estre en nul homme C’est quant homme ne doubte a couroucier par pecchie…[Chapter 13, Des medicins mires, espiciers et appoticaires:]…Car Ioie est une replection de chose qui est delittable espandue parmi tous les membres a tres grant leesce et dons si tendent a tres grant Ioie avoir. Mais ils ne scevent mie qu’il//
C. S. Fuller, “A Critical Edition of Le Jeu des eschés, moralisé, Translated by Jehan de Vignay,” unpublished doctoral dissertation, Catholic University of America, 1974, based on 48 manuscripts, including EL 26 A 3 (ends defectively). Kaeppeli, SOPMA 2066.
Paper(Briquet, Chat 3554, Troyes 1409; Basilic, not in Briquet; Chat similar to 3559, Paris 1414; Ancre similar to 369, Troyes 1410-16; Oiseau, not in Briquet; Dauphin, not in Briquet), ff. i (early modern paper) + 278 + i (early modern paper); 205 × 137 (145-130 × 95-75) mm. 1(ff. 1-6 of uncertain structure, beginning defectively and with possibility of missing leaves between ff. 5-6) 216 3-1012 1112 (followed by a break of at least one quire since the catchword does not match) 1212 1312 (-11, 12; through f. 152) 14-2312 + 6 leaves, presumably the first half of a quire. Catchwords in lower right margin; in a smaller script in the same position or enough lower to have often been cropped are folio-to-folio catchwords; 26-30 long lines, ff. 210v-212 in 2 columns; ruled in lead or dry point; pricking visible in upper and lower margins. Written in 2 scripts: i, ff. 1-152v and 189-278v, in a gothic book hand; ii, ff. 153-186v, in a looped cursive; this scribe frequently uses a sketch of a heart to signify “coeur.” Rubrics in a very spiky bâtarde and in textura. Opening initial, f. 213, 6-line, parted red and blue with red tendrils and infilling; major initials, 2- and 1-line, alternating red and blue; versals and initials within prose texts touched in red; rubrics and paragraph marks in red. Thirteen designs in water colors of various sizes: f. 68v, the universe in concentric circles; f. 70, figures of men and beasts around the circumference of the earth; f. 70v, a hand dropping a stone in a hole drilled through the earth; f. 71v, 3 drawings of the same subject illustrating the force of gravity; f. 73, the earth sectioned into quarters; f. 74, the course of the sun (not colored); f. 74v, a diagram of the 4 parts of the earth; f. 75, the earth divided in half to show Asia; f. 75v, the earth divided to show Europe and Africa (not colored); f. 126v, 7 concentric circles to show the paths of the planets; f. 129, similar design but named; f. 130, similar design but extended to include the firmament; f. 150, a large, multicolored design of concentric circles labeled from “Enfer” to “Ciel Empire.” Rubrics occasionally lined through in red. Strips of parchment used to reinforce the binding around the outer and within the center bifolia with contemporary cursive script in French. Outer half of ff. 8, 128 and 129 torn away with loss of text. Bound, ca. 1840, in brown calf with the Bridgewater crest blind stamped on both covers; edges colored red.
Written in France, perhaps Troyes, between 1410 and 1415.
Belonged to the Bridgewater Library; on f. 1, the pressmark “E:8.” in the hand of John Egerton (1579-1649), 1st Earl of Bridgewater, corrected to “E:8./2.” by the second Earl (1622-86). Acquired by Henry E. Huntington in 1917 (see pp. 5-7).
Bibliography: De Ricci, 131. Aspects of Medieval England, n. 44, open at f. 71v.
Abbreviations
Aspects of Medieval England
Aspects of Medieval England: Manuscripts for Research in the Huntington Library, an Exhibition prepared for the Medieval Academy of America, 14 April 1972 [San Marino 1972]
Briquet
C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: dictionnaire historique des marques du papier…1282 jusqu’à 1600, facs. of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson (Amsterdam 1968)
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)
Kaeppeli, SOPMA
T. Kaeppeli, Scriptores ordinis praedicatorum medii aevi (Rome 1970- )
RH
U. Chevalier, Repertorium hymnologicum (Louvain 1892-1912, Brussels 1920-21)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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