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Extrait du manuscrit 1830. [Saint] Germain des Près [spine title].
Paris, c. 1830 - A medievalist's transcription, translation and précis of the most important manuscript of early French fabliaux. Dating from the end of the thirteenth century, MS 1830 in the Library of Saint Germain (now Bibliothèque nationale MS 19152), is the largest corpus of popular medieval poetry from this early date, containing numerous familiar beast fables (some derived Aesop) and longer narrative poems such as Piramus et Tisbé.The original manuscript comprises 61 different texts of different genres including popular proverbs, translations from Latin, fabliaux, courtly tales, moral poems and burlesque recitations.The anonymous nineteenth-century editor of our manuscript pursues a rather disruptive method of copying much of the original text verbatim, but interpolating his own prose for sections he believes to be repetitive or uninteresting. While frustrating for the medievalist, such a method is interesting as an example of contemporary scholarly method. The editor adds a significant number of additional fables drawn from other manuscripts in the Library of Saint Germain.A 4-volume manuscript copy of the entire codex, apparently made in the eighteenth century, is held by the British Library (Additional MS 15210-15213). A printed edition appeared in 1930. Manuscript, folio (318 × 205 mm), pp. 432 (11-12 apparently removed by the compiler, text continuous), [6] index, probably wanting original title-page. In French throughout (verse and prose), c. 38 lines per page, neat and legible. Old waterstain to upper forecorner of final 50 or so pages, quite heavy towards the end. Endpaper with note 'Relié en Avril 1832' but recently rebound to style preserving original spine. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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