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'Le Chemin de Paradis'

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MS. Bodl. 883
Held at the Weston Library

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'Le Chemin de Paradis', a French poem by Jean Mallart, with:

  1. An 'Oraison a Dieu' (fol 1v)
  2. 'Epistre au Roy', King Henry viii (fol. 7v)
  3. 'Aux lecteurs' (fol. 10v)

All in verse, and the first book of the poem (fol. 18v). There are four large miniatures of the author writing his book (fol. 1v), of the royal Arms (fol. 7v), and of subjects of the poem (foll. 10v, 18v). This is no doubt the copy written, illuminated, and presented to Henry viii by the author, who was the king's French Poet and Orator.


  • Creation: Written in the first half of the 16th century by Jean Mallart


80 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Bodl. 883, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Bodl. 883

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18123


'Le Chemin de Paradis'

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

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. 3076

Custodial History

Manuscript 1023 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

'Liber vniuersitatis Oxon. ex dono Francisci Greuill in artibus magistri et socii Collegij Mertonensis, Octob. 11°, 1622.'

Physical Facet

On parchment ,with fine miniatures, illuminated capitals, etc.; binding, red velvet, English contemporary work


10 3/4 × 7 5/8 in.

'Le Chemin de Paradis'
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom