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Médiathèque Valais
S 99
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Jean de Mandeville, Voyages. Jean de Bourgogne (called à la Barbe), Preservacion de Epidimie
Paper · I + 125 ff. · 22 x 30 cm · Martigny (?) · ca. 1474
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At once a travel memoir and a geography book, the Voyages by John Mandeville, probably written around 1355-1357, were a great success in the Middle Ages. There are three versions of the French text; manuscript S 99 is related to the “continental” version. As in other manuscripts based on this version, the Voyages (ff. 1r-122v, with an explicit on f. 123v and an addendum on ff. 124r-125r) are followed by the Preservacion de Epidimie (ff. 122v-123v). The actual identity of the two authors is unresolved and may even have been confounded. In copy S 99 from the library of Walter Supersaxo (ca. 1402-1482), Bishop of Sion, and of his son Georges (ca. 1450-1529), the upper margins are covered with ornaments of ascending bars, some of which turn into into zoomorphic or anthropomorphic motifs. The Supersaxo library owns another version of the Voyages, namely S 94, in the German translation by Michel Velser. Like two other manuscripts from this same library, S 97bis (composite manuscript with the romance of Pontus and Sidonia) and S 100 (statutes of Savoy), S 99 was copied by Claude Grobanet, who was mentioned in a 1474 document in Martigny, where he served Antoine Grossi Du Châtelard, Lord of Isérables († 1495). In the beginning of the 16th century, the family of Antoine Du Châtelard apparently came into financial difficulties; their property - and probably the three manuscripts as well - passed into the hands of Georges Supersaxo. The incomplete parchment document, which makes up the rear flyleaf, mentions, among others, Martigny, 147[3] and a seigneur d'Ys[érables (?)]. (esc)
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André DONNET, « Inventaire de la Bibliothèque Supersaxo », dans Vallesia, 29 (1974), p. 31-106, voir p. 36-37, 58

André DONNET, « Inventaire de la Bibliothèque Supersaxo », dans Vallesia, 29 (1974), p. 31-106, voir p. 37, 77-78

Guy DE POERCK, « Le manuscrit Supersaxo 99 de la bibliothèque cantonale du Valais : Le texte “p” du “Voyage d’Outremer” de Jean de Mandeville et la “Preservacion de Epidimie” de Jean de Bourgogne », dans Vallesia, 26 (1971), p. 97-110

Susanne RÖHL, Der livre de Mandeville im 14. und 15. Jahrhundert : Untersuchungen zur handschriftlichen Überlieferung der kontinentalfranzösischen Version, München, 2004 (MittelalterStudien des Instituts zur Interdisziplinären Erforschung des Mittelalters und seines Nachwirkens, Paderborn, 6), p. 134-137

Françoise FERY-HUE, « Jean de Mandeville », dans Dictionnaire des lettres françaises. Le Moyen Age, nouvelle éd. sous la dir. de Geneviève HASENOHR et Michel ZINK, Paris, 1994, p. 810-814

Brigitte ROUX, « Les Six âges du monde de la bibliothèque Supersaxo à Sion », dans Kunst + Architektur in der Schweiz, 51 (3) (2000), p. 39-45, voir p. 40

Paul AEBISCHER, « Le manuscrit Supersaxo 97bis de la Bibliothèque cantonale du Valais : Le roman de “Ponthus et la belle Sidoine”. Textes en vers », dans Vallesia, 14 (1959), p. 245-269, voir p. 246-247

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