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Detailed manuscript information (based on Helen M. Gardens and Gardening in The Bulletin of the New York Public Library, 1927, 31:3):
Vellum, measure: 8.5x11.5", 172 fols, two columns, 40 lines. The text of Guillaume de Lorris ends on fol. 29r, Jean de Meun's continuation ends on fol. 144r. This is followed by his Testament, fols 145r-171v and the Codicile, fols 171v-172r.
Height: 10 lines
Gold leaf, blue, red, brown, grey, white
Red foliate initial "S" with gold leaf foliate extenders springing from the right side and going upwards and downwards, partially framing the miniature and the text.
Directly above miniature: "Si comme genius absout nature"
Simple gold leaf exterior frame with corner pieces, surrounding a blue interior frame with white wavy patterns on the right, left, and top sides. Both the right side and the left side of the frame have gold leaf foliated extenders and gold leaf "sperms."
Red with a filigree pattern in yellow/gold.
Placement of miniature:
Directly after Nature's confession
Place of Production of the Miniature:
Date of Production of the Miniature:
Similarities to other images from the corpus:
BISMUM, H245, fol. 118v
BSG, MS. 1126, fol.139r2
LBG, MS. FR178, fol. 143r
BSG, MS. 1126, fol. 139r
Helen M., "Gardens and Gardening," in the Bulletin of the New York Public Library, 1927, 31:3.
Genius (Bishop) is on the left.
Lady Nature is on the right.
1. Genius (dressed as a bishop)
Long white alb
Dark grey hood
2. Lady Nature
Long brownish robe with tight fitting sleeves, tied at the waist
Simple red headdress in the shape of a Phrygian cap
Lady Nature is facing left, kneeling. Her hands are together and her head bowed in an act of prayer. Genius is sitting, facing left, towards Nature. His right hand is raised in the act of blessing. He is looking down at Lady Nature.
Genius is sitting on a grey stone bench, representative of a cathedra, the seat of power of the bishop.
- Inscription on both sides of covers: François Rousseau le Jeune (XVIth century)
- Inscription on inside of cover: Duchemin de Villiers (XVIIIth century).
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