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The Commentaries of Caesar de Bello Gallico, translated into French (by Jean Duchesne), in ten books (the first and last being a compilation from various authors), written in the last quarter of the 15th cent. in France

MS. Douce 208
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

With preface, prologue, etc. At end 'Et atant fine le xe et derrenier liure des Commentaires de Julle Cesar translatez en la ville de Lisle lan mil iiijc. lxxiiij.' There are eleven large and fine miniatures, and on fol. 4 the arms, gules a bend argent, over all a label of three points azure (stated to be those of the family of Saintré) with the motto 'Se ie puis.'.


  • Creation: written in the last quarter of the 15th cent. in France


17 leaves, in double columns

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Douce 208

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 21782

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

Custodial History

'Ce Liure ... a esté presenté au Roy Louis quatorze en l'annee 1680. En suitte sa Majesté a bien voulu honnorer de ce present le Sieur Antoine L'Aisné son porte Arquebuse ordinaire ...'. The La Valliere sale catalogue (1783), in which this volume is no. 4915, states that it came from the St. Aignan sale in 1776.

Physical Facet

On parchment, illuminated


15 1/8 × 11 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom