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Beinecke MS 1029
France and Flanders, [ca. 1595]
Fribois, Noël de, fl. 1400-1468, French aphorisms, library catalogue.
ff. 113 : paper ; 205 x 135 mm.
Material is open for research.
Manuscript on paper of 1) Noël de Fribois (d. 1467/1468), Abrégé des croniques
de France, presented to King Charles VII of France in 1459. 2) Simon Gréban (d. ca.
1473), Epitaph for King Charles VII (1461). 3) Moral aphorisms in the form of distichs.
4) Moral aphorisms in French after the manner of the Disticha Catonis, perhaps by
the same author as art. 3. 5) Catalogue of the library of Jaspar Scaeck, apparently
a lawyer in northern France (Lille?). The 57 books, listed without a clear order,
are almost all in French and were printed between 1534 and 1595, with one book dated
1495; they mostly were produced in Paris, Lyons, Douai and Antwerp. For each the owner
gives a full transcription of the title page, reproducing its layout (exceptionnally
also the colophon); for the last two items also a note on the binding.
K. Daly, G. Labory (eds.), Abregé des Croniques de France par Noël de Fribois (Paris,
2006), pp. 75-76 (the description, containing the wrong identification of art. 3 and
believing art. 4 was also composed by Jacques de Bugnin, possibly as a first draft
of art. 3, is based on notes by Gilbert Ouy).
Tajan sale, 15 June 1995, lot 6; acquired by Bernard M. Rosenthal (MS 187 in his collection);
purchased from him in 2003 on the Edwin J. Beinecke Fund.
Script: Part I (ff. 1-76), ca. 1450, Copied by a single scribe in Gothica Semihybrida
Libraria (Bastarda). Part II (ff. 77-88), between 1490 and 1500, Copied by a single
scribe in Gothica Semihybrida Currens (Bastarda). Part III (ff. 89-113), after 1613,
Written in documentary Gothica Cursiva Currens.
Watermarks: Part I, ox, Briquet 2786?? Part II, letter P, var. Briquet 8576??
Binding: Binding ca. 1500??: blind-tooled leather over wooden boards. Spine with four
raised bands. On the front cover a parchment label with the sixteenth century inscription
in Northern Gothica Textualis Formata "Cronicques / abreigiés".
Noel de Fribois, French Aphorisms, Library Catalogue, etc. General Collection, Beinecke
Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Charles VII, King of France, 1403-1461.
Fribois, Noël de, fl. 1400-1468.
Didactic literature, French.
French poetry -- 16th century.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Connecticut -- New Haven.