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Detailed manuscript information (based on Pierpont Morgan Library Catalogue MSS. 1906, no. 112):
Vellum, measure 8x5.5", 1 + 189 fols, two columns 34 lines. This manuscript contains the Roman de la rose (fols 1-156r), the Testament (fols 158r-189v) by Jean de Meun.
False Seeming speaks with God of Love.
God of Love is on the right.
False Seeming is on the left.
Clothing and other features:
1. False Seeming
Black monk’s habit with cowl
Brown satchel over his shoulder
Tonsured shaved head (with blonde tonsure)
*Both the satchel and the staff indicate that the monk was itinerant and probably from a mendicant order.
2. God of Love
Cotehardie with buttons
Gold leaf crown
Short blonde hair
White and blue wings, with interior rendered in green
False Seeming approaches the God of Love, his right hand raised. The God of Love faces False Seeming, with his right hand also raised. Both are making gestures of speech, indicating that they are involved in a conversation. Both hold a walking stick or sceptre in their left hands.
Green grass, but no other landscape details
- Inscription on fol. 158: Johannes Marous (ca. 1525)
- Inscription on first folio: Pierre Vischer de Bâle (1773)
- Ex-libris: Bought 20 June 1995 by William Morris
- Inscription on fly-leaf, and ex-libris: Richard Bennett collection, 1897.
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