MS. Douce 134
Summary Catalogue no.: 21708
A treatise on Antichrist, the Last Judgement, Heaven and Hell, comprising the final part ('le desrain liure') of a longer text.
Grenoble, Bibliothèque municipale, 408 (337) contains 'le premier livre de la Vigne Nostre Seigneur...et fut acompli le Ve jour de mars l'an M CCCC LXIII / Et est a savoir que le second livre fut premierement fait et acompli que cestuy qui est le premier' (see ARLIMA); this manuscript is from the Grande Chartreuse (Raymond Etaix in Scriptorium 42/1 (1988), 68). Grenoble, Bibliothèque municipale, 409 (399), from the Dominican friary in Grenoble, contains another copy of Book 1; no other text of Book 2 is known.
Translation: End of Time in the Middle Ages: The Vineyard of Our Saviour - Bodleian MS. Douce 134, tr. Marijim Thoene and Guy Mermier (Michigan Publishing Services, 2022) (https://doi.org/10.3998/mpub.11767532).
Some fine, many good miniatures.
Initials. By several hands, the later one at the end of the manuscript related to Chantilly, Museé Condé, Fr. 495. (Pächt and Alexander i. 710, pl. LIV)
Contemporary (?) binding of bevelled wooden boards covered with brown leather, rebacked, with incised decoration including flowers and inscription 'dominus Johannes Blathe' possibly added slightly later. Four bosses, with fixture for a clasp which fastened to a pin in the centre of the back cover.
Provenance and Acquisition
'Dominus Johannes Blathe', incised on the binding.
Robert Triphook, 1823 catalogue, no. 2485.
T. F. Dibdin: two pages reproduced in his Reminiscences II (1836), p. 769.
'The library of a collector', at Evans, 28 May 1832, lot. 1423, bought by Payne for £19 15s.
Purchased from Payne by Douce in June 1832; '31. 10. 0' in pencil on the front pastedown, perhaps Payne's price.
Bequeathed by Douce to the Bodleian in 1834.
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Last Substantive Revision
2022-05: Add reference to translation.