BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
THE JAMES MARSHALL AND MARIE-LOUISE OSBORN
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Jan van Boendale, d. 1365, Der Leken Spieghel (a Middle Dutch
rhymed Biblical epic). Netherlands; fourteenth century.
f. 1r Book II, prologue, lines 77-100; Ch. 1, lines 1-51.
f. 1v Book II, Ch. 1, lines 52-124, Ch. 2, lines 1-2.
Parchment; 1 f.; 252 x 170 mm.; 2 columns, 40 lines
Gothic bookhand. The top of each columns has large initials in
black penwork. Each chapter begins with an illuminated miniature in
red, blue, and black. There are rubrications at chapter headings.
Bequest of James M. Osborn, 1976.
Comments: This leaf was once used as a binding and is thus in poor
condition. The text is a fragment of a long Biblical poem (21,818
lines) in Middle Dutch by Jan van Boendale (also called Jan Decker and
Jan de Clerc), begun in 1325 and completed August 6, 1330. Book II,
based on Jacob de Voraigne's "Legenda Aurea," deals with the story of
Mary and Christ; the portion preserved here specifically concerns the
lineage of Joseph and Mary.
Jan Decker, Der Leken Spieghel ed. by M. de Vries. (Leiden, 1844).
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