Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 439 (V.5.9)
Title: Tractvs de Consolatione Philosophiae
Images: [ MS Hunter 439 fol. 1r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Anicii Manlii Torqvati Severini Boethii, Tractvs de Consolatione Philosophiae a Fratre Reginaldo in lingvam gallicam translatvs.
Boethius, On the Consolation of Philosophy, translated into French verse by Frater Reginaldus (Frère Regnault) of Louhans:
Begins (1, 1 recto lines 1-4): Cest le prologue du romans de Fortune . et de Felicite... | Sus Boece de consolation [rubric] F [gilt illuminated initial with gestures forming floreated margins] Ortune mere de trissaice . de doleur et dafliction | Mettre me fait en ma iuenesse mon estude et mentention
Ends (9, 6 verso col. a, lines 11-13): nous weille pardonner les nostres. | Amen. Amen. | Explicit.
Remarks: For Nicolas Joseph Foucault (1643-1721), whose arms are stamped on this volume (as on V.1.11), whose heraldic book-plate is covered by that of the Hunt. Mus. Lib., and who owned other MSS. now in this collection, see V.1.11 (Remarks).
On i, 1 verso in a late XVII. Cent. hand (?) that of N.J. Foucault: Le Roman de la fortune | ou la consolation de Boece | en vers par f. Regnault | de Louen.
Under this in an XVIII. Cent. hand: E. Asbury.
At the bottom of this page (reversed) in a late XVI. Cent. French hand: Recordare nouissima (?) et in (?) eternum non penaberis (?) | Si vis vitare pessima Recordare nouissima | sin autem Rues ad hyma quasi sine magnis | Verbis Recordare nouissima.
On ii, 1 recto under a carefully erased inscription in a XVI. Cent. French hand: Je nauoys Rien quant Je fus ne | car au monde Je vins tout nu | si Je nay Riens quant Je moure | Je naure guaigne ne perdu.
On 9, 6 verso is an obliterated signature: (?) De Roussignol (?)
The name on i, 1 verso: Frère Regnault de Louen (i.e. Louhans), appears to be unknown. Louhans is 23 miles S.E. of Chalon-sur-Saône.
[Formerly Q.4.57].
Contents: 1. Boethius; begins fol. 1 r, ends fol. 56 r, col. a., line 22.
2. Albertano di Brescia, Liber consolationis et consilii, translated into French by Renaud (Regnault) i.e. Livre de Melibee et de Prudence; begins fol. 56 r, col. a, line 24, ends fol 70 v, col. a, line 15
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 10 x 7, ff. 72, well written in single cols. (1, 1 recto-2, 4 recto) of 36 lines, each 7½ x 5½, and in double cols. (2, 4 recto-9, 6 verso) of 36 lines, each 7 3/4 x 2½, signatures, catchwords, foliation (modern) in pencil, the first page floreated, the first initial gilt and illuminated, red initials with black ornament and gestures, blue initials with red (beginning of sections), small red and blue initials (beginning of quatrains), other initials touched with gamboge, rubrics, no marginalia, cropped, neatly ruled and margined in faint ink, clean and well preserved, fol. sec. Tant fut. Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered veau fauve, gilt-tooled edges and panelled back, arms of N.J. Foucault stamped in gold on boards (smaller than in V.1.11), to which binding it corresponds, title (gilt) on red morocco shield: ROMAN | DE . FOR | ET . DE . F | . MS. 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. 362.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: French
Material Type: Treatise
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'The Glory of the Page', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. 1988, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Jun.-Aug. 1988, Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Nov. 1988-Jan. 1989.
Bibliography: B. Atherson, J.K. Atkinson, 'Les manuscrits du Romau de Fortune et de Félicité', Revue d'histoire des textes, T. XXII (1992), pp 200-201 (see Offprints); J. Keith Atkinson, 'Some further confirmations and attributions of manuscripts of the mediaeval French Boethius', Medicum Aevum, 47 (1978), pp 22-29 - at p. 27; R.A. Dwyer, 'The appreciation of handmade literature', The Chaucer Review' 8 (1973-74), pp 230-239; R.A. Dwyer, Boethian fictions (Cambridge, Mass., 1976), pp 129-131; R..A. Dwyer, 'Manuscripts of the medieval French Boethius', Notes and Queries, 18 (1971), pp 124-125; R.H. Lucas, 'Medieval French translations of the Latin classics to 1500', Speculum, 45 (1970), pp 225-253 - at p. 232; A. Thomas and M. Roques, 'Traductions françaises de la 'Consolatio Philosophiae' de Boèce', HLF, 37 (1938), pp 419-488; Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 48; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 362.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius c.475-524
exhibition: Glory of the Page 1987-1989
Exhibition of medieval manuscripts from Glasgow University Library: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. …
provenance: Nicolas Joseph Foucault 1643-1721
signatory: E Asbury fl 1700-1799
No further information found. This name appears in MS Hunter 439 (V.5.9), MS Hunter 450 (V.5.20) and MS Hunter 511 (V.8.14).
translator: Regnault of Louhans fl 1400-1499
Regnault de Louen, Frater Reginaldus.
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