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Roman de la Rose
France, Paris, ca. 1380
MS M.132 fol. 34v

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Jean de Meun, wearing cap, sits on bench, with knife in left hand and with pen in right hand writing on open book with pseudo-inscriptions on lectern below curtain draped over rod. Figure within gold frame decorated with gold ivy leaves. Marginal extension decorated with ivy leaves.
Above miniature in left column, rubric caption of scene, CI COMMENCE MAISTRE IEHAN DE MEUN A PARFAIRE CE LIURE.
Below miniature in left column, painted decorated initial D at beginning of text, DESESPOIR LAS IE NON FERAY / IA NE M'EN DESESPERERAY / ....

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