Manuscript: MS. Bodley 264
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Bodleian Library, MS. Bodley 264
(The Romance of Alexander)
 

Produced: France, 1338-44

Language: French

Author: 
Illustrator: Jehan de Grise
Scribe: 

Binding: 
Media: Parchment
Script: 

Folios: 274  Height:   cm   Width:   cm

Manuscript type: Travel Narrative

Location: Bodleian Library (University of Oxford), Oxford, England, United Kingdom

Family: n/a

 



Source: Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Merton College, MS. 249 | Copyright 2003 Oxford University | Folio 81v


 
Description

"(fols. 3r-208r) The Romance of Alexander in French verse, with miniatures illustrating legends of Alexander the Great and with marginal scenes of everyday life, by the Flemish illuminator Jehan de Grise and his workshop, 1338-44; with two sections added in England c. 1400, (fols. 209r-215v, with fol. 1r) Alexander and Dindimus (Alexander Fragment B) in Middle English verse, with coarser miniatures, and (fols. 218r- 71v, with fol. 2v) Marco Polo, Li Livres du Graunt Caam, in French prose, with miniatures by Johannes and his school." - Bodleian Library

The main illustrations show many exotic animals supposedly encountered by Alexander in the east. The marginal illustrations have a mix of domestic and exotic animals, with apes appearing frequently in many guises.


 
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