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Four specimens of imitative writing and drawing by Lesclabart, paged from 107 to 292, written in about 1762-1775, by-Lesclabart

MS. Douce 206
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (fol. 1) 'La Danse Macabre', a careful copy of an old printed edition (perhaps that of 1491) with coloured drawings in imitation of the engravings: on paper.
  2. (fol. 15) 'La Danse des Morts, représentée en peinture dans la ville de Bâle, comme un miroir de la misere humaine. A la plume, par Leclabart en l'Année Mil sept cent soixante-quinze', a copy of the German edition printed at Frankfort in 1649, on paper, also with coloured drawings, comprising pp. 1, 42-126, 129-33 of the original. A reversible drawing of a head follows on fol 41v.
  3. (fol. 42) ' Cy commence vn petit traitie intitule de la Penitance Adam translate du Latin en francois ... par Colard Mansion ...', with a preface by the translator: text begins ' Apres ce que Adam et Eue furent expulsez': an imitation of 16th cent. writing. See Van Praet's Notice sur Colard Mansion (1829), p. 16.
  4. (fol. 73) 'La Vie d'Epictete et sa philosophie, avec le tableau de Cébés ... A la plume . en 1762. Par Leclabart, Membre de l'Académie d'Ecriture ... A Paris M.DCC.LX' (altered to M.DCC.LXXXIII), an imitative copy of the 3rd edition of the original printed book.


  • Creation: written in about 1762-1775, by-Lesclabart


99 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French
  • German


MS. Douce 206

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 21780

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

Custodial History

Douce notes that he purchased this volume of J. P., but seems to be wrong in identifying it with no. 465 of the Bibliotheca Parisiana.

Physical Facet

On paper and parchment, with coloured drawings


15 1/4 × 11 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom