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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.
Lady Reason typically thought of as a queen, represented with a crown and standing by or descending from her tower, a symbol of her exalted station and a reminder that she descends to aid man. Sometimes wears the scarf of 14thcentury Gothic Virgins (Fleming 113).
Reason shares the iconographical attributes of Lady Philosophy, kinship with Divine Sapience, or the Second Person of the Trinity in both Guillaume and Jean (Flemming 114).
Blue surcote lined with white over a red kirtle.
Wavy hair with dorlott
Light grey surcote with blue chaperon (head is uncovered)
Black girdle and gipser
Black and grey pantoufles
- 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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