BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 33 (olim Z111.015) France, s. XIV
Roman de la Rose
ff. 1r-114v Cest est le rommant de la rose. Maintes gens dient
que en songes/ Na se fables non et menconges/...Ainsi ai la la [sic]
rose vermeille/ Atant fu iour et ie mesueille. Explicit.
F. Lecoy, Le Roman de la Rose, 3 vols. (Paris, 1966-70). Seventeen
leaves containing lines 8242-10751 are now missing between ff. 39 and
40; in addition, the text has been abridged to 16272 lines.
Parchment, ff. iii (parchment) + 114 + ii (parchment), 315 x 223
(234 x 173) mm. Written in 2 columns, 36 lines of verse per column;
double left, single right bounding lines for each column, full across;
single horizontal bounding lines full across. Ruled in ink; remains of
prickings in all margins except inner.
I-IV^^8, V^^8 (-8; also missing two quires of 8 after f. 39),
VI-VIII^^8, IX^^6, X^^9 (structure uncertain), XI^^10, XII^^8, XIII^^10,
XIV^^8. Catchwords near lower edge, in gutter.
Written by a single scribe in neat gothic textura.
Plain initials, 2-line, alternating red and blue, throughout the
text; headings in red. First letter of most verses stroked with yellow.
Slits in parchment on ff. 42-44, some affecting text.
Binding: s. xix, before 1881. A very fine Grolieresque binding in
brick red goatskin, gold-tooled, by Riviere.
Written in France in the 14th century; early provenance unknown.
Belonged to B. M. Pickering for whom it was rebound by Riviere.
Bequeathed to Yale in 1883 by Joseph J. Cooke (1813-1881).
secundo folio: Semblot bien
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 1, p. 168, no. 33.
P. Meyer, "De quelques manuscrits francais conserves dans les
bibliotheques des Etats-Unis," Romania 34 (1905) p. 88.
E. Langlois, Les manuscrits du Roman de la Rose (Lille, 1910) p.
R. L. Hawkins, "The Manuscripts of the Roman de la Rose in the
Libraries of Harvard and Yale Universities," Romanic Review 19 (1928)
pp. 17-20, with plate of f. 94v.
Barbara A. Shailor