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'Explicit le Romanz de la Rose, Ou lart damours est toute enclose', Written in the 14th century in France

MS. Selden Supra 57
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

At end:'Explicit le Romanz de la Rose, Ou lart damours est toute enclose. Et fuit completum die Veneris post festum beati Martini hiemalis', then follows an erased date. The Romance (by Guillaume de Lorris and Jehan de Meun) here ends 'Atant fu iour et ie mesueille'. At fol. 154 follows 'Le Testement mestre Iehean de Meu', wanting the first leaf, the text beginning 'Bien se doit.' Fols, 1, 170 are part of a 13th cent. Latin index to a Canon Law treatise.


  • Creation: Written in the 14th century in France


166 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Selden Supra 57


Old Selden mark = 57

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. II, no. 3445

Custodial History

The limp parchment binding (16th cent.) bears the arms, a tree proper between two griffins segreant supporting the stem, crest a demilion holding a serpent in its sinister paw: motto, BART . sylva . SVBIT . aspera. 'John Betts His Booke: 1606', '21° January Arundell 1611', i. e. Thomas Howard earl of Arundel, (d. 1646.

Manuscript 3460 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On parchment, with miniatures, illuminated capitals, etc., partly defaced; binding, see below


9 3/4 × 7 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom