Confessio Amantis (Middle English poem)

Creator:
Cockerell, Douglas, binder
Gower, John, 1325?-1408
Published/Created:
England
ca. 1400
Physical Description:
1 vol. (201 f.) ; 35 cm. x 27 cm.
Notes:
First and third quires wanting.
Imperfect: stained by mildew throughout; rubbing; multiple repairs with some loss of text.
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.
Rubrications at running titles, initials, Latin commentary.
Binding: yellow morocco on wooden boards, by Douglas Cockerell and Son, 1962.
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.
Ex libris Sir George Meyrick. Gift of James M. Osborn, 1961.
Abstract:
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.
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.
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."
Topics:
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
Topics:
Gower, John,--1325?-1408
Meyrick, George,--Sir--Ownership
Language:
English, Middle (1100-1500)
French
Latin
Genre:
Decorated initials
Manuscripts
Marginalia
Rubrics
Format:
Mixed Material
Content Type:
Archives or Manuscripts
Rights:
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Access Restrictions:
Public
Call Number:
Osborn fa1
Orbis Record:
9362041
Orbis Barcode:
39002092807404
Yale Collection:
Beinecke Library
Digital Collection:
James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection
oid pointer:
1325955
Citation:
John Gower, Confessio Amantis. James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Extent of digitization:
Complete work digitized.
OID:
2077096
PID:
digcoll:4363755

Number of Pages: 399
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