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Deux pans de la tapisserie chréstienne, 1457

Identifier: Gordan MS 30


ff. 1r-3r [Heading in upper margin in a 17th century hand:] Table des Chapitres de chemin de Paradis de l’Eveque de chalons sur Saone Jehan de Souhan 1456. ff. 4r-169r [Prologue:] Iehan Germain par la grace de dieu Euesque de chalon sur la saone maistre en theologie a paris: A nos tres chiers freres en ihesu crist et cooperateurs a la conduite de nos subgetz les doyen archediacres chanoynes de notre eglise les curez vicaires et autres nos enfans espirituelz de notre dicte eueschie salut.


  • Creation: 1457


1 volumes

Language of Materials

French, Middle (ca.1400-1600)

Custodial History

Written in France in after 1457. Early signatures of Joannes de La Juppe senior (ca 1500) on f. 159r, 159v and 169v; on f. 159v “Gengulfinas” has also written his name; on f. 119r “Nycolaus Grandjan, Matisconensis Ecclesie [Mâcon Cathedral] 1599”; on f. 169v a birth entry of Humbertus, son of Claudius Libaud (1540). On f. 110v there is an unidentified small, round library stamp. Obtained from Paris by Thomas Phillipps (his Middle Hill stamp 2840 on recto of front flyleaf, and his number in ink on f. 1r), his sale (London, 1903, n. 497) to Quaritch (Cat. 321, Dec. 1912, n. 265; Cat. 357, Feb. 1920, n. 391); Maggs, cat. 542 (1930), n. 165). Owned by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate, De Ricci census no. in lead on inside front cover).


  1. Germain, Jean

Other related names

  1. de La Juppe, Joannes Sr., ca. 1500, former owner
  2. Gengulfinas, former owner
  3. Grandjan, Nycolaus, Mâcon Cathedral, former owner
  4. Phillips, Sir Thomas, former owner
  5. Quaritch, bookseller
  6. Maggs Bros. Ltd., bookseller
  7. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, former owner
  8. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, donor
  9. Gordan, Phyllis Goodhart, owner
  10. Gordan, John Dozier Jr., owner

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Howard Lehman Goodhart to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

Physical Description

Paper support (watermarks: similar to Briquet Lettres soudée 9744-46), ff. i (modern paper) +169 + i ( modern paper)

17th century French brown calf. Stamped in gold on spine: “Rituel Ancien/ .M.S.” Printed paper label with Phillipps number glued to spine; paper label with Goodhart number taped to the lower spine.

273 x 205 (190 x 115) mm.

30 lines ruled in red ink with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines full length. Prickings visible in upper and outer margins.

Upright bâtarde script, written by several scribes. Marginal notes and corrections in several hands, both contemporary and later.

The text begins on f. 4r with a crude 8-line red initial with a unfinished sketch of an acanthus leaf beside it. Chapters begin with 5- to 3-line red initials, chapter titles and paragraph markers throughout in red. Guide letters to decorator visible in margin. Frequently the scribes have extended most of the ascenders in the top line of script and some of the descenders in the bottom line into the upper or lower margins, often embellishing them with flourishes, hearts, fleur de lys, and other penwork designs. The quality of this embellishment varies from scribe to scribe, quantity of decoration often replacing quality. Some of the extraneous decoration has been added by later hands.

Modern foliation.

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