Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 478 (V.7.5)
Title: Recueil des Poemes Contre les Predicateurs d'Astrologie
Images: [ MS Hunter 478 fol 3r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Auteur Inconnu, Recueil des Poemes Contre les Predicateurs d'Astrologie.
Unknown Author's Collection of Poems against Astrology:
Begins (1, 3 recto lines 1-3): S [gilt illuminated initial] Ire vous scauez que yci Jus | Error communis facit Jus | S [this initial supplied from that beginning line 1] i nay crainte aucune ou terreur
Ends (6, 2 recto lines 15-17): Plusieurs pays par perte passeront ecce pius morior post pium. Tunc francia flebit
Remarks: On 1, 1 verso in an XVIII. Cent. hand: Recueil des diverses [last word struck through] | Pieces Poemes contre [first word struck through] | les Predicateurs d'Astrologie.
On 1, 2 recto in pencil, in an XVIII. Cent. hand (the price): 1=11=6. The top margin of this leaf (half an inch) cut off, probably to remove a former owner's name.
On 1, 3 recto in the floral border a red beaked and red clawed parroquet appears (like those in U.1.7), which may have a heraldic import, as also the brown bull raising its near foreleg in the bottom of the border, with the legend in purple capitals underneath: PAS A PAS.
This MS. has every appearance of being a Royal copy.
The last poem is one in which every word begins with 'p', and which has the refrain: Paradis paint, peneux pelerinage.
See Documents Manuscrits, etc., P. Meyer, Paris, 1871, pp. 118, 119.
On 2, 7 verso margin, in an ornamental scroll (gamboge and purple) under the date Lan lxxv (i.e. 1475), are four rubricated lines: Renatus qui boni regis nepos pro | ceto [?for certo] rege regnante . plan succumbit. | Et ecce calabrie princeps propinquorum | suggestione . non bene gratus ei.
There are several similar scrolls containing (under various dates lxxvij-lxxxj) verses from the prophets in the Vulgate.
Dr. Young notes: Refer to J.C. Gerson's Life; he wrote against the abuses of Astrology. See also Wm. Fulks' Antiprognosticon, Lond. 1570, 12mo, tract at end by Wm. Painter.
[Formerly Q.7.13; Q.7.126].
This is in fact Le confort des malcontens, a complete work possibly by Octavien de St. Gelais. See fol. 11r. See D. Baird-Smith, Le confort des malcontens, La Revue du 16e siècle XIX, 1932-33, pp. 1-46, a complete edition. [Info. Dr. Alison Rawles, 1982.]
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 7 3/8 x 5¼, ff. 33, exquisitely written in single cols. of 29 lines, each 4 3/8 x 2½, signatures, catchwords, no foliation, ruled and margined with red ink, first page floreated, gilt illuminated initials, rubrics, initials of lines touched with gamboge, spaces in lines filled with gilt illuminated ornaments, no marginalia, vellum of fine quality, clean and well preserved, fol. sec. Parce moyen. Late Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, replacing original beech (?) boards, covered crimson (faded to brown) grained Russia (replacing original black satin), gilt-tooled edges, sides and panelled back (Dr. Wm. Hunter's crest, a Hunter's Horn, in the lowest panel), gilt edges (originally fastened with ribbon ties), title (gilt) on dark and light green morocco shields: POEME | CONTR | ASTRO | 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. 398.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: French
Material Type: Poem
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 398-399.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247
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