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Binding: Leather Origin: European
Subject: Literature & Fiction Year Printed: 1500
Topic: Classics Printing Year: 1500
Special Attributes: 1st Edition, Illustrated

c1500 Incunable Medieval Chivalry ROMAN DE LA ROSE / Sexuality Love / Chanson de Geste

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I offer here the unspeakably rare and famous Roman de la Rose. One of the most famous examples of Medieval chivalry literature, if not the most famous, the work was both popular and controversial—one of the most widely read works in France for three centuries. Its emphasis on sensual language and imagery provoked attacks by Jean Gerson, Christine de Pizan and many other writers and moralists of the 14th and 15th centuries.

 

Pricing: We do not find any example of this very early Jehan Janot edition for sale worldwide. Jehan Janot printed between circa 1500 and 1520. We find later editions, 1540s etc by the son of Jehan and others, selling for upwards of $25,000. We do not find a single example of any edition selling for less than $15,000. Here we offer what we find to be the earliest example for sale worldwide at the lowest price of all editions worldwide…

 

Main author: Guillaume de Lorris

 

Title: Le Roman de la Rose ….

 

Published:    Paris, Jehan Janot, circa 1500-1520

                  

Language:    French

 

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Wear: wear as seen in photos

Binding: tight and secure leather binding

Pages: lacking only the title page, but otherwise complete with all 140 leafs (twice as many pages by modern pagination methods); plus indexes, prefaces, and such

Publisher: Paris, Jehan Janot, circa 1500-1520

Size: ~7.75in X 5.5in (20cm x 14cm)

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The Roman de la rose, pronounced: [ʁɔmɑ̃ də la ʁoz], is a medieval French poem styled as an allegorical dream vision. It is a notable instance of courtly literature. The work's stated purpose is to both entertain and to teach others about the Art of Love. At various times in the poem, the "Rose" of the title is seen as the name of the lady, and as a symbol of female sexuality in general. Likewise, the other characters' names function both as regular names and as abstractions illustrating the various factors that are involved in a love affair.

 

History

 

The poem was written in two stages. The first 4058 lines, written by Guillaume de Lorris circa 1230, describe the attempts of a courtier to woo his beloved. This part of the story is set in a walled garden or locus amoenus, one of the traditional topoi of epic and chivalric literature. Around 1275, Jean de Meun composed an additional 17,724 lines.

Reception

Genius of love, Meister des Rosenromans, 1420-1430

 

The work was both popular and controversial—one of the most widely read works in France for three centuries. Its emphasis on sensual language and imagery provoked attacks by Jean Gerson, Christine de Pizan and many other writers and moralists of the 14th and 15th centuries. Historian Johann Huizinga writes, “It is astonishing that the Church, which so rigorously repressed the slightest deviations from dogma of a speculative character, suffered the teaching of this breviary of the aristocracy (for the Roman de la Rose was nothing else) to be disseminated with impunity.”[1]

Manuscripts and incunabula

 

About 300 manuscripts are extant,[2], one of the highest figures for a secular work. Many of these are illustrated, most with fewer than ten remaining illustrations, but there are a number with twenty or more illustrations,[3] and the exceptional Burgundian British Library Harley MS 4425 has 92 large and high quality miniatures, despite a date around 1500; the text was copied by hand from a printed edition. These are by the artist known as the Master of the Prayer Books of around 1500, commissioned by Count Engelbert II of Nassau[4] The peak period of production was the 14th century, but manuscript versions continued to be produced until the advent of printing, and indeed afterwards - there are at least seven manuscripts dated after 1500.[5] There are also seven incunabula printed editions before 1500, the first from Geneva in about 1481, followed by two from Lyons in the 1480s and four from Paris in the 1490s.[6] An edition from Lyons in 1503 is illustrated with 140 woodcuts.[7] Digital images of more than 140 of these manuscripts are available for study in the Roman de la Rose Digital Library.

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