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MS. Douce 352

Summary Catalogue no.: 21927


Boethius, De consolatione philosophiae
Rubric: ... Le liure de Boece de Consolacion, lequel maistre Jehan de Mehun translata de latin en francois

Anonymous French prose translation in verse and prose ('A-type'), here erroneously attributed to Jean de Meung

Preceded by a table of contents and prologue. with a running commentary

Language(s): Middle French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 83 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 298 × 215 mm.


Pächt and Alexander i. 712, Pl. LIV

Fine miniatures on the first page of the dedication and for the openings of Books 2-5

For discussion of the miniatures in light of the argument that Boethius is shown simultaneously reading books and conversing with Philosophy, see William Horn 'Women in (and) Between Men in Fourteenth-century English Dream Allegories', pp. 91-92

Fine borders

Fine initials


Red leather with gold ornament (English, late 18th century)


Origin: c. 1460 ; France

Provenance and Acquisition

The arms at the beginning of each book show that the volume was written for a family bearing the arms, barry of six or and gules with a bordure of the same counterchanged. These are also found impaling the arms, gules eight bezants, two, four and two, both arms being dimidiated. Pächt and Alexander (i. 712) note that these are the arms of Tanneguy du Châtel, chamberlain of Louis XI, d. 1477, and of Jeanne Raguenel, his wife

Francis Douce, 1757–1834

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834

Record Sources

Description adapted (June 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1897), with additional reference to published literature as cited. Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966). Dimensions are from Louise W. Stone (1937), p. 24

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (5 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2023-06-09: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1897)