[Fall of princes], [ca. 1450] | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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A verse paraphrase of Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes, Laurent de Premierfait's version in French prose of Giovanni Boccaccio's De casibus virorum illustrium. Lydgate's version was undertaken at the request of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, in the 1430s.
p. 3-6: [Prologue; lacks p. 1-2] -- p. 6-80: [Book I; lacks p. 51-52] -- p. 80-81: [Prologue to Book II] -- p. 82-131: [Book II] -- p. 131-133: [Prologue to Book III] -- p. 133-189: [Book III] -- p. 190-192: [Prologue to Book IV] -- p. 192-236: [Book IV] -- p. 236-271: [Book V; lacks p. 241-242] -- p. 272-313: [Book VI] -- p. 313-332: [Book VII] -- p. 332-334: [Prologue to Book VIII] -- p. 335-370: [Book VIII] -- p. 370-390: [Book IX; ends with line 1785].
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Collation: Paper, fol. iv (paper; i is pastedown) + 192 (paginated 3-50, 53-240, 243-390) + iv (paper; i is pastedown).
Layout: Written in 2 columns of 45 lines; frame-ruled in lead with double inner and outer vertical bounding lines; prickings in outer margin.
Script: Written in a gothic book script.
Decoration: Alternating red or blue initials at the beginnings of each paragraph; occasional red and blue pen-flourished initials.
Binding: 18th cent. (?) calf over paper boards; gold tooled; red spine label "Lidgate MS."
Origin: Written by an unknown scribe, presumably in England, ca. 1450.
Provenance: 1. Richard Maddocks, Esq. -- 2. Sold by Sotheby's, 1 March 1949 (lot no. 499) -- 3. Purchased from Stonehill, 1 July 1950.
Former shelfmark: Ms 4134 (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
Former shelfmark: XF. 821 L98f 1450 (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Faye & Bond,