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The Rose Novel for François I.
Price: € 98,00   Standing order price: € 85,00
Date: 2007     ISBN: 978-3-201-01887-6

Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, M. 948
Graz 2007, 416 page reproduction,
152 page commentary by Margareta Friesen, 13.4 x 19.5 cm.

A young man of 20 years dreams one night in May of a garden of paradise. In the most beautiful part of this garden he finds a rose, the symbol for the beloved girl. The irresistible longing for her transforms him from a dreamer into a lover. With the courting of his rose, begins a long journey which carries him to the highest peaks and the lowest valleys of love. All the soul-moving emotions, confusion and joys which accompany him along the way, are personified for him. Before he is able to reach the final goal of his dreams; the conquest of the rose, he is lifted to the highest points of joy and alternatively crushed into the deepest depths of despair.

The “Roman de la Rose” for the last 300 years has held the honorary position as one of the most read and accordingly most copied books of French profane poetry.
Amongst the large number of versions of this love story, the splendid example of 1519 made for the French King, Francois 1st, holds an exceptional position.         

The unusually luxurious decoration found in the pictures are comprised of altogether 107 charming miniatures, which translate the most important components of narration into a tender language of images. These illustrations are truly a feast for the eyes, making the manuscript not only a chosen treasure, but also a picture book that is fascinating without even having read it.

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