Confessio amantis.

Gower, John, 1325?-1408 [Browse]
  • English
  • Middle English (1100-1500)
[London, England?] ; [between 1400 and 1425]
iii, 194, i : parchment, illustrations ; 384 x 260 mm


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  • Script: Anglicana formata by three scribes.
  • Decoration: Prologue opens on fol. 1r with a framed 13-line column initial of Nebuchadnezzar's Dream of precious metals (Prologue, verses 602-634) with a now-illegible banderole to the right. An old man in blue seated on a canopied pedestal on the right. Opening initial of the prologue historiated with a young man in blue pointing to bookshelves.
Binding note
England, 18th century. Parchment over pasteboard, with gold tooling; sewn on 5 cords; endbands with secondary sewing in blue and tan; spine gilt with 5 stamps.
Language note
Text in Middle English.
Taylor Ms. 5 was probably written in London. Early provenance is unknown. The Philadelphia antiquarian bookseller A.S.W. Rosenbach (1876-1952) purchased the manuscript in November 1923 from Phillipps' grandson, Thomas FitzRoy Fenwick (1856-1938). After Rosenbach's death, the manuscript was acquired by the bookseller John F. Fleming, who had worked for Rosenbach. In 1956, Fleming sold it to Robert H. Taylor (1908-1985), Class of 1930. Taylor's bookplate is on the front pastedown. His bequest to the Princeton University Library, 1985.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert H. Taylor.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 411-415.
Cite as
Taylor MS. 5, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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