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Le roman d'Alexandre : [fragment] / Alexandre de Bernay
Alexandre, de Bernay, active 12th century
French, Middle (ca. 1300-1600)
[France] : [producer not identified], [between 1300 and 1400]
1 leaf : parchment, ; 315 x 210 mm
Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C.
Illumination of books and manuscripts
Suchier, Hermann, 1848-1914
Princeton University. Library. Manuscript. Princeton MS. 54.
Library of Congress genre(s)
Script: Textualis libraria.
Decoration: Red and blue 2- to 3-line initials with penwork of the opposite color.
Tipped into a portfolio.
1.1r-v: “ || [Ni] a ia que nos ii assez prez ni ueez | [A]l te mande qui est rois coronez ...” Explicit: “... Or iert molt grant domaie se isi sont perduz | La grant froidor de leue que sort de fontaine||”
Princeton MS. 54 is of unknown early provenance. Edward C. Armstrong, however, believed that the scribe responsible for the leaf was from the western part of Champagne or the eastern part of the Ile-de- France. Removed from the original manuscript, the leaf was later used as a wrapper, probably for a document. The flesh side, originally the verso of the text in the full Roman d'Alexandre manuscript from which it was taken, was used on the outside of the wrapper. An unknown person added various pen trials in brown ink (18th century?). In using the leaf as a wrapper, the right side of the leaf was trimmed with a slight loss of text, chiefly on the hair side, which was originally the recto. In the lower margin of fol. 1r (flesh side) is the ex libris of the Romance philologist Hermann Suchier (1848-1914). The Dutch firm of Antiquariat E. von Scherling, Leiden, established by Erik van Scherling in 1927, offered the leaf in its catalogue Rotulus: A Quarterly Bulletin for Manuscript Collectors, vol. 1 (1931), no. 1270, and sold it to the Princeton University Library (Acc. no. 884401; catalogued as MS. 3217.117.1300q).
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, page 248.
Princeton MS. 54, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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