Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 410 (V.3.8)
Title: Life of Jason
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1599
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: William Caxton, Life of Jason. (Raoul le Fevre, Le Livre du Preux et Vaillant Jason.)
William Caxton's Translation of Raoul le Fevre's Life of Jason:
Begins - after a table of chapters occupying the first two pages - (1, 2 recto lines 1-6): The prologe in | the lyfe of Iason . [rubric] | T [large green and gamboge twisted pattern initial] He galeye of myn en- | gyn flotyng not long | syn in the depnes of the | sees of diuerce auncient histori
Ends (13, 7 [f. 125] verso lines 21-23): dement of King Alysander of Macedone: Who par auenture | had envye of the glorie of Jason:- | Paragraph mark [rubricated] And thus endeth the Stoory of the lyfe of the noble Jason:-
Remarks: On i, 2 verso (top) under: a. 50 the autograph of Thomas Martin of Palgrave (1697-1771), for whom see Dict. Nat. Biog. xxxvi. 297 and S.1.3. Lower down in pencil (early XIX. Cent.): The only MS of the book Dr. Dibdin ever saw. It appears about coeval with the printed copy.
On i, 3 recto in Th. Martin's hand: I have a very fair Copy of this Manuscript, printed by Caxton, | in the year 1475, as Mr. Ames informs us in his History of prin: | ters pages 7 & 8.
But it wants the Title page, if ever it had one, and | contains 148 Leaves, but Ames says his had only 75. | I have this Book in a thin quarto, printed in a fair | black Letter with divers wooden cuts and this Title: | The veray trew | history of the val- | iaunt knight Iason. - How he conqueryd or wan the golden fles, by the counsel of | Medea and | of many othre Victoryouse and Wonderfull Actys | and dedys that he dyde by | his prowesse and cheualrye in his tyme. - It was printed at Andewerpe by Gerard Leeu | anno 1492. and contains 98 leaves, with several | wooden cuts | written on the Title page, of it. | Cha: Le Gros.
The colophon of this Antwerp Edition is given on 13, 7 verso thus: Paragraph mark Here endyth Thystorie of the no: | [in the margin: Knight] ble and vailliaunt Knyght Iason: and pren: | tyd by me Gerard Leeu in the towne | of Andewarpe, In the yere of oure | lord, M.CCCC. fowre skore and | [in the margin: 1492] twelve, and fynysshed, the second day | of Juyne.
Under Th. Martin's note is pasted a Sale Catalogue slip: THE LYFE OF JASON, Sonne of Eson King of Mir- | midion; a fair and compleat MSS. in a hand similar to | Caxton's Types, the Paper mark, the same with that on | the Paper used by Caxton; and the early Printers seem | to have copied them in their most improved Works, | 251 Pages.
Between this slip and the outer margin, in red ink, in a late XVI. Cent. hand: richarde | Windsers (?) | Ex dono Sir Bikn | ar Jerosolomitani | Febr: 22. 1596.
Above this another (later?) hand has written: Caxton.
On f. 125 verso after a smudge (?by the illuminator): Richarde [rubricated].
On ii, 1 verso a pencil note in a XIX. Cent. hand: read to p. 31, for words of Saxon origin.
Raoul le Fevre, a French romance writer of the XVth Century, was Chaplain to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, and this work, translated by Caxton, was published before 1474 with the title: le Livre du preux et vaillant Jason et de la belle Médée.
[Formerly S.4.44].
This MS. collated with the Early English Text Society's edition (by John Munro 1913. Extra Series CXI.) April and July, 1925. Watermarks: to c. fol. 37: Briquet family 16062-3; thenceforward: Briquet 9972. - W.L. Renwick.
Repaired May 1954 by Douglas Cockerell & Son. Resewn and rebacked in Hermitage calf: lettered in gold "Caxton. Lyfe of Jason. MS."
Fol. 37 recto: in margin '?fold Rycherde' in a roughly contemporary hand, erased but visible under ultra-violet lamp; cf. rubric colophon - name of scribe's assistant etc.? Per A.I. Doyle, Durham University Library, June 1954
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 11¼ x 7 3/4, ff. 125, originally ff. 127, written in a Flemish hand, in single cols. of 30-39 lines, each 7 7/8 x 4 7/8, ruled and margined with brown crayon, no signatures or catchwords visible (cropped), foliation, contemporary, illuminated initials, rubrics and rubricated paragraph marks (and numbers in the table of contents), marginalia practically confined to f. 57 verso and f. 59 recto, where the contents of the missing 58th folio are written in a later XVI. Cent. hand, the ink has frequently corroded the paper into holes, much cropped, clean and well preserved, fol. sec. The prologe. Cent. XV.-XVI.
Binding: Millboards, covered spattered panelled calf, gilt-tooled (edges), recently re-backed, red spattered edges, title (gilt), original, on crimson morocco shield: THE | LIFE | OF | IASON | M.S. Late Cent. XVII.
[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. 331.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: 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 331-332.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Raoul Le Fevre fl 1400-1499
Romance writer.
provenance: Thomas Martin 1697-1771
Of Palgrave. Antiquary.
translator: William Caxton 1422?-1491
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