Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 239 (U.3.12)
Images: [ MS Hunter 239 fol. 1r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Place of Creation: England
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Guillaume de Déguileville, (De Guille Ville), Pèlerinage de la Vie Humaine. (Traduit en Anglais.) (The Pilgrimage of the Lif of the Manhode.)
Geoffrey Chaucer, The ABC Hymn. (After de Déguileville.)
On iii, 1 recto in XVIII. Cent. italics: Romance of the Monk of the Pilgrimage of the | life of Manhood.
On 1, 1 recto in a XVII. Cent. hand: Sum liber Antonij Bircham teste Roberto Bowyer. (The inscription on 1, 1 recto is now (11/8/75) so faint as to be illegible except under UV lamp).
Guillaume de Déguileville, born about 1295, a monk of the Cistercian abbey of Chaalis in the diocese of Senlis, wrote his Pèlerinage de l'Homme in 1330, from which the prose version of this MS. was made about 1430, by Jehan de Gallopez. See Dict. Nat. Biog. xxxiv. pp. 314, 315. The name is variously written: de Guille Ville, de Guileville, De Guileville, de Déguileville.
On 13, 8 recto are 15 lines of indecipherable XVI. Cent. writing.
On 13, 8 verso in a late XVI. Cent. hand: Johanes hill.
Under this autograph come six Latin verses in an Italian hand: Optima quaeque fere manibus rapiuntur avaris | Implentur numeris deteriora suis: | Qui satur est pleno laudat ieiunia ventre | Et quem nulla premit sitis, est sitientibus asper. HB [a monogram] | Os homini sublime dedit coelumque videre | Iussit et erectos ad sydera tollere vultus.
Under this in another hand: parcit virga lupis et oves censoria plectit | preteritis crassis, miseros grassamur in Iros.
[Formerly Q.2.6; Q.2.25].
This MS is a direct translation of the French verse version of the Vie.
E. Faral, Histoire littéraire de la France, XXXIX, pp. 1-132, and elsewhere, says that Galopes prosified the Pilg. of the Soul but not the Pilg. of the Life.
fol. 102 verso 7 lines, Robbins/Cutler Supplement no. 1151.5.
See letter from Avril Henry to Mr D. Graham, G.U.L. 28 August 1970
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 11 5/8 x 8¼, ff. 104, well written in single cols. of 34 lines, each 8 1/8 x 5½, margined and ruled with ink, signatures, catchwords, foliation (modern) in pencil, ornamental initials, blue and red, with red ornament and gestures, blue paragraph marks, upright strokes of top lines (at beginning only) prolonged and ornamented, marginalia (contemporary), cropped, fol. sec. non were. Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered crimson (faded to brown) grained Russia, gilt-tooled sides, edges and panelled back, Dr. Wm. Hunter's crest (a Hunter's Horn) in the top panel, title (gilt) on green morocco shields: ROMANCE | OF THE | MONK &C. | M.S. Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 191.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Document
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasion: 'The World of Chaucer', Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, May-Aug. 2004.
Bibliography: Edmond Faral, 'Guillaume de Digulleville, Jean Gallopes et Pierre Virgin', Etudes romanes dédiées à Mario Roques par ses amis, collègues et élèves de France (Paris, 1946), pp 89-102; Edmond Faral, 'Guillaume de Digulleville, moine de Caalis', Histoire littéraire de la France, t. 39 (Paris, 1962), pp 1-132; Julie Gardham, The world of Chaucer: medieval books and manuscripts (Glasgow, 2004), p. 13; The pilgrimage of the lyfe of the manhode, ed. Avril Henry, (EETS no. 288, vol. London, 1985) - MS 239 described pp. xxxiii-xxxvii; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 190-191.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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author: Geoffrey Chaucer 1340-1400
author: Guillaume de Deguileville fl.1295-1330
exhibition: World of Chaucer
Exhibition: The World of Chaucer: Medieval Books and Manuscripts from Glasgow University Library, held at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, 15 May-28 August 2004.
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