Confessio Amantis (Middle English poem)
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- Confessio Amantis (Middle English poem)
Cockerell, Douglas, binder
Gower, John, 1325?-1408
- Published / Created
- ca. 1400
- Publication Place
Also contained are the Latin and French poems "Explicit iste liber," "Epistola super huius," "Quam cinxere," "Traitie," "Carmen de variis in amore passionibus," and "Carmen super multiplici viciorum pestilencia."
Manuscript on parchment in Anglicana (Scribes 1 and 2) and Secretary script (Scribe 3). The text is the third recension of the Confessio Amantis, written in 1392-1393.The manuscript was produced around 1400 or the beginning of the fifteenth century in the same manner as the other surviving manuscripts from this time, presumably under the author's supervision.
The text of the manuscript is the third recension of the Confessio Amantis, written in 1392-93. Also contained are the Latin and French poems "Explicit iste liber," "Epistola super huius," "Quam cinxere," "Traitie," "Carmen de variis in amore passionibus," and "Carmen super multiplici viciorum pestilencia.
Binding: yellow morocco on wooden boards, by Douglas Cockerell and Son, 1962.
Ex libris Sir George Meyrick. Gift of James M. Osborn, 1961.
First and third quires wanting.
Imperfect: stained by mildew throughout; rubbing; multiple repairs with some loss of text.
Rubrications at running titles, initials, Latin commentary.
Sir George Meyrick, Bart., who sold the manuscript after his father's death in 1960, said that the manuscript had been in his family's possession for over 100 years and that in 1775 the house was almost destroyed by fire. Many family papers were lost and perhaps it was then that the manuscript became damp and mildewed.
There are red and blue 1-3 line initials at small and large paragraph breaks. Books II (f. 13r), V (76r), VI (125r), VII (140r), and VIII (175v) contain initials with full page demi-vignette borders in gold, red, blue, green, orange, and brown.
- 1 vol. (201 f.) ; 35 cm. x 27 cm.
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been completely digitized.
English, Middle (1100-1500)
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- Call Number
- Osborn fa1
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- mixed material
- Resource Type
- Archives or Manuscripts
- Subject (Name)
- Subject (Topic)
English poetry--14th century
English poetry--Middle English, 1100-1500
French poetry--14th century
Latin poetry--14th century
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library
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- John Gower, Confessio Amantis. James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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