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Beinecke MS 38 France, s. XIV/XV
Boethius Fr. tr. Renaut de Louhans
ff. 1r-55v [Author's Prologue consisting of eighteen 8-line
stanzas; his name is spelled by the first letter of each stanza:]
Fortune mere de tristesce/ de douleur et de affliction/...[text begins
on f. 2r:] Ci parle boece au commencement du primier liure. Je souloye
jadis penser/ dicter ensaigner et escripre/...[epilogue ends:] Il en
sera tout elerement/ Fait cy apres Rebrichement.
As Renaut de Louhans states in the prologue, his work incorporates
material from a commentary on Boethius made by another member of the
Dominican order (Nicholas Trevet) as well as his own digressions. See
F. Nagel, Die altfranzoesische Uebersetzung der Consolatio philosophiae
des Boethius von Renaut von Louhans (Halle, 1890); R. H. Lucas,
"Medieval French Translations of the Latin Classics to 1500,"
45 (1970) p. 232; R. A. Dwyer, Boethian Fictions: Narratives in the
Medieval French Versions of the De Consolatione Philosophiae
(Cambridge, Mass., 1976) p. 130, no. 9. Critical edition in preparation
by J. K. Atkinson (see Speculum 56  p. 227).
Parchment, ff. i (paper) + 55 + i (paper), 282 x 205 (225 x 145)
mm. Written in 2 columns of 33 lines; three single vertical bounding
lines, one at the left edge of each column and one along outer of edge
of folio; single horizontal bounding lines; all full across. Ruled in
lead; prickings in upper, lower and outer margins, for bounding lines
I-V^^10, VI^^2, VII^^6 (-4, 5, 6). Catchwords in lower margins within
decorative rectangle, on verso; some quire-marks (e.g., bi, bii, etc.)
in lower right corner, on recto.
Written in batarde by a single scribe.
Two intricate penwork initials, 5-line, on ff. 1r and 2r in red
and blue; less detailed penwork initials, 3-line, in same colors
throughout text; first letter of each verse stroked in red.
Binding: s. xvii-xviii. Brown spattered calf, with peculiarly
striped turn-ins. Title, in gold, on spine: BOECE EN VER FRANC.
Written in France at the end of the 14th or beginning of the 15th
century; early provenance unknown. Purchased by Stanley W. Childs in
1932 from Goldschmidt's (Cat. 26, appendix, no. 203A) for the Albert H.
Childs Memorial Collection.
secundo folio: Par enuie qui
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 1, p. 170, no. 38; Faye and Bond, p. 25, no.
Barbara A. Shailor