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The Roman de la Rose, by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung, written in the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 188
Held at the Weston Library

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Beg. 'Maintes gens dient': ends 'je mesueille': then follow after the space of a line 28 (not 24) more lines, beg. 'Et puis que je fu esueillie', end 'Pour ce quil ont voir descouuert.' At fol. 168 follows the Testament of Jean de Meung, beg. 'Li Perez & li Filz', ends, on the recto of a page, 'Cuer rent a Dieu lez amez, cuer rent a D[ieu] lez corps' (p. 77 of vol. iv. of Meon's edition). On the verso is only 'Cest present liure nomme le Roman de la Rose ou lart damour . est tout enclose appartient . a honnorable homme Gieuffroy . Wut**on ainsi se nomme escuier. grenetier du Mayne. prions la Vierge ...' (end of 15th cent. ?).

The binding bears the arms of Maria Augusta von Sulzbach, wife of Karl Philip Theodor von Sulzbach (she d. about A.D. 1765).


  • Creation: written in the 15th cent.


178 leaves, in double columns

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Douce 188

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21762

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with many miniatures in the text


12 3/4 × 11 7/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom