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'... Le liure des Cent Nouuelles [or, "Le liure de cameron autrement surnomme de prince Galeoth"] que fist et composa ... Jehan Bocasse de Certald' the Decameron of Boccaccio, written in about the middle of the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 213
Held at the Weston Library

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Prefixed is a prologue by the translator. A long colophon states that the book was translated first into Latin and secondly into French at Paris 'en lostel de noble homme ... Bureau de Dampmartin ... par moy Leurens de Premierfait famillier du dit Bureau. Lesquelles deux translacions par trois ans faites furent acompliés le vje iour de Juing lan MCCCC et xiiij.' Fols. 7, i, xii are parchment, and the middle one bears a miniature of a man reading the Tales to a group of hearers, while a scribe writes them down. The owner of this volume in the latter part of the 18th century notes that he also possessed another MS. of this translation on parchment with more miniatures dated 1408.

The 18th cent. binding bears an armorial device with the legend 'Lud. Mag. Inst. 1695', referring to Louis XIV of France.


  • Creation: written in about the middle of the 15th cent.


12 leaves, in double columns

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Douce 213

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 21787

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

Physical Facet

On paper, with one large miniature and border, binding: 18th cent.


15 3/8 × 11 3/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom