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Le Miroir des dames(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Miroir des Dames
Codicology:Vellum, 234 x 161 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) (9.3 x 6.5 in.), ff. 2 + 298, double columns of 24 lines. Cent. xiv, in fine upright French hand, brown ink.
Collation: a2 I12-III12 (12 canc.) IV12 V14 (14? canc.) VI12-XIV12 (12 canc.) XV12 XVI12 XVII4 XVIII12-XXIII12 XXIV10 XXV12 XXVI10 (wants 10).
2 fo.: prudence. ainsi lisons.
Provenance:From the Library of Charles V of France.
Decoration: The style of writing and ornament is fine French. Borders of ivy-leaf (with many gold leaves) springing from straight bands of gold and blue. Smaller initials, blue with red flourishing, and red with green-blue flourishing. On iiv near upper L. corner: Charles. F. 1r is fully bordered. The miniature, a small square one, is much rubbed and part of the background scraped off. It represents the queen standing under a roof or canopy supported on gold shafts, a little white dog on R., on L. a Franciscan kneels and presents a gold book. Two shields are in the border below. 1
Research:The prologue was printed by M. L. Delisle in Notices et Extraits, 1886, t. XXXI, as also the Catalogue of Charles V's library in his Cabinet des MSS. III 192. A copy occurs in the catalogue of the Library of the Louvre, the 2nd folio beginning ter et reposer. Two copies in Barrois' Biblioth que protypographique (Bruges Inventory of Biblioth que de Bourgogne) no. 949 (le souverain Roy) and 950 (Et des biens que j'en ay eus) also 2131, 2 which are the same. Other copies are at Brussels, no. 9555, British Museum Add. 29986 as well as in the Biblioth que Nationale.
The present copy is thus described in the Inventory of the Library of the Louvre drawn up in 1411. “(No. 890.) Item le miroir des dames en fran ois, de bonne lettre de forme, a deux coulombes, histori et enlumin , commen ant au iie fo. prudence ainsi li homs, et ou derrenier vertuz vengence, couvert d'une chemise de toille queue, et ii petiz fermoirs d'argent dorez, esmaillez de France, et une pipe de broderie” (Delisle, Recherches sur la Librairie de Charles V: 1907, I, p. 247).
It is worth noting that William Worcester (Itineraries, p. 275) speaks of owning a copy of this book: “de libro vocato le myrrour de dames cooperto rubeo coreo.”
Foliation: ff. aa + bb (binding fragments) + a-c + i-ii + 1-298 + d-f(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Middle French.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
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Le Miroir des dames (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Prologue
1r
Rubric:
Ci commence le prologue seur le liure qui est apelez le mireour des dames
1r
Incipit:
Selonc ce que dit vns mestres qui est nomez vegecius
2v
Explicit:
et sens fin auec le souuerain roy regner
2v
Rubric:
Ci est mis le fondement de leuure ensuient
2v
Incipit:
Salomons qui fu de sapience par le don de dieu
Partial border and shield (with billets gules on bend) suspended from a leaf
Headlines in red, changing with the subject of the text
Part I ends:
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Explicit:
pour venir finablement a la coronne de gloyre qui durra pardurablement. Amen
196r
Rubric:
La seconde partie principal de ce liure qui parle quelle noble dame doit estre par acquisition quar elle doit aquerir sapience. Premier chapitre
196r
Incipit:
Au commencement de ce liure il fu dit que il contenoit iii parties principax
Partial border: hanging to one of the leaves is the shield with label of three points gules
233v
Explicit:
qui miex amoit morir que feyre aucune chose par doublerie ne par simulacion
(Part III)
233v
Incipit:
Au commencement de ce liure il fu dit etc.
Partial border, and shield with bend argent, here bearing no charge
294r
Explicit:
qui en trinite parfecte vit et regne pardurablement
294r
Rubric:
Ci finist le mireour des dames. pleyse a dieu que il leur profite aus ames
294r
Alphabetical table. Abstinence-Vengence
296v-298v blank
1  (1) party per pale, dexter az. semee of fleurs de lys or, with a bend arg. bearing an indistinct charge gu.: sinister az. damaged. (2) party per pale az. fleurs de lys or: dexter has label of 3 points gu.: sinister plain.