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Journal de sainct voyage pour visiter le sainct sepulcre, 1500 - 1525

Identifier: MS 13


This manuscript, written in the first quarter of the sixteenth century in Rouen, contains Pierre Mesenge's Journal de sainct voyage pour visiter le sainct sepulcre, a first-person account of a journey to Jerusalem in 1507. The author describes sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, as well as other cities. The text is primarily in French but includes many prayers in Latin. The manuscript is written on parchment with numerous small illuminated initials and line-fillers.


  • Creation: 1500 - 1525


1 volumes

Language of Materials

French, Middle (ca.1400-1600)


Custodial History

Written in Rouen after 1507. Early provenance unknown. P. A. Bolongaro-Crevenna collection, Amsterdam (Catalogue raisonné de la collection de livres de M. Pierre Antoine Crevenna à A. 1775, V, 37) (sale, April 1790, lot 5780 [on paper label inside front cover]); in the collection of Thomas Johnes of Hafod, the seventh Duke of Newcastle (his "Magnificent library"), sold by order of the Earl of Lincoln (sale, Sotheby, 6 December 1937, lot 956) to Charles J. Sawyer, Ltd. Unidentified catalogue entry, in French, glued to inside front cover. Several numbers on the verso of f. i, in lead: "MS. 915.69 M 56," "23/B," "411," "5y3 d. 12." On back flyleaf in ink: "Ixr. Gg" and in lead: "6432". Acquired for the collection of Phyllis Walter Goodhart (bookplate) and Howard L. Goodhart in May 1938, and given to Bryn Mawr College (bookplate) in 1942.


  1. Pierre Mesenge de Rouen

Other related names

  1. Bolongaro-Crevenna, P. A., Amsterdam, former owner
  2. Johnes, Thomas, Duke of Newcastle, former owner
  3. Charles J. Sawyer, Ltd, former owner
  4. Goodhart, Howard L., former owner
  5. Gordan, Phyllis Walter Goodhart, former owner
  6. Gordan, Phyllis Walter Goodhart, donor

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Phylis Walter Goodhart (later Gordan) to BrynMawr College in 1942.

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Physical Description

Parchment support, (thick), ff. iv (modern paper) + 67 + iv (modern paper).

Dutch seventeenth-century gold-tooled vellum.

iv+67+iv; 322 x 220 mm bound to 330 x 235 mm.

Single column of thirty-eight lines; frame-ruled with single vertical and double horizontal bounding lines, ruled full across in ink; prickings extant; written area: 215 x 145 mm.

Gothic-textualis semi-quadrata script

Folio 1r decorated with a rectangular border along upper and inner margin of text, a gold ground framed in black with vines, scrolls, fruits, and flowers in shades of blue, yellow, red, green, pink, and white, the gold ground is dotted with black; also on f. 1r, one 6-line blue and white monochrome, scrolled initial in a gold rectangle framed in black. On f. 6v ten prayers are each introduced by ornate 2-line initials alternating between monochrome initials similar to the one on f. 1r, surrounded by fruit or flowers in red, blue, green, and white, and gold initials on blue ground embellished with white filigree penwork. Many other 1- and 2- line monochrome initials and line fillers throughout the book, some additionally decorated with colorful fruit, flowers, ornate penwork. A single pen and ink 2-line inhabited initial on f. 24v depicts a man's profile. The style of the monochrome initials, typical of Rouen, is similar to the Chew Psalter, Bryn Mawr MS 28.

Modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.

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