Chronicon Simonis de Monteforti / Pierre des Vaux-de-Cernay.

Petrus, Sarnensis, -1218 [Browse]
[France] : [producer not identified], [between 1400 and 1425]
1 volume (iii, 71, iii leaves) : parchment ; 32 cm


  • Script: Cursiva libraria, by one scribe.
  • Decoration: Initials unexecuted throughout, although guide letters were left. Space for a 7-line initial S at the opening of the Preface and a 4-line initial I for the text incipt on fol. 1r; subsequent chapters each have space for an unexecuted 3-line initial.
Binding note
France, 19th century. Bound in the Parisian bindery of René Simier (1772-1843).
  • 1.1r-71v: “Gesta nobilis viri domini Symonis Comitis de monteforti descripta per fratrem petrum monachum vallium sarnay cisterciensis ordinis. Prologus huius operis. [S]anctissimo patri et beatissimo domino Innocentio tertio dei gratia uniuersalis ecclesie summo pontifici. Humilis licet immeritus seruus eius frater Paulus qualiscumque vallium sarnay monachus ...” Explicit: “Et corpus paternum apud carcassonem curatum more gallico exportauit.”
  • 2.71v: “Littera quam scripsit nobilis comes de monteforti pro beato dominico Senescallis. Simon dei prouidencia dux narbonensis Comes tholose et lexcestrie ... Datum in obsidione tholose ydus Decembris. In prul[iano] ex[istit].” Explicit: “Explicit gesta seu hystoria de factis et triumphis memorabilibus domini Symonis nobilis viri Comitis de monteforti Cuius anima cum christo requiescat. Amen. Bene- dicamus domino. Deo gracias.”
Garrett MS. 154 is of unknown early provenance. By 1752, according to Pascal Guébin and Ernest Lyon, the manuscript was owned by the Cistercian abbey of La Trappe (suppressed in 1790), Soligny-la-Trappe, Orne, Basse-Normandie, France. Robert Garrett (1875-1961), of Baltimore, Maryland, Class of 1897, purchased the manuscript on 17 July 1925 from the London antiquarian bookseller Maggs Bros. His bookplate is on the inside front cover. Garrett placed it on deposit (no. 7979) in the Princeton University Library. His gift to the Library, 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert Garrett, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 359-360.
Cite as
Garrett MS. 154, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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