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RONDEAUX BY JEAN MAROT
RONDEAUX BY JEAN MAROT, JEAN D?AUTON, PIERRE GRINGORE, OCTOVIEN DE SAINT-GELAIS, JEAN PICART, and MARTIN DE HOUSSE; illuminated manuscript on parchment, in French
AN INTIMATE AND COMPLETE VOLUME OF COURTLY LOVE POETRY MADE FOR A MEMBER OF THE FRENCH ROYAL COURT. Manuscript on parchment, in French, France, Paris(?), c. 1500-1515(?). Dimensions 170 x 107 mm. 61 folios, in calligraphic scripts by at least three scribes in sixteen long lines, one-line gold initials on blue or red grounds at the beginning of each rondeau. BINDING: Bound by Chambolle-Duru in late nineteenth-century brown morocco, gilt edges. TEXT: A collection of 122 rondeaux, a popular poetic form in late medieval and Renaissance France, likely all composed in the late fifteenth to early sixteenth century. It brings together the work of several well-known Renaissance poets, one of whom may have supervised its production. Two poems in the collection are unpublished and unrecorded. Several of the poets were affiliated with the courts of Charles VIII (reigned 1483-1498) and Louis XII (reigned 1498-1515) and wrote with the patronage of the king and other members of the court. Of the approximately twenty extant collections of rondeau, most are in European institutions. Only three comparable manuscripts have been on the market in the last century, one of which is substantially shorter. Compared to the most recent of these the present manuscript stands out as a particularly fine specimen, with larger pages, and thus more widely spaced script and more illumination on each page. PROVENANCE: Script and decoration indicate that this book of poems was produced in France, almost certainly Paris, in the early sixteenth century. Belonged to the Vicomte family of Normandy. Later in J … [Click Below for Full Description]
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